Sailboat Reviews

Tim Bussiek’s Islander 36, Califia, approaches The Brothers during the Great Vallejo Race in San Francisco Bay, Calif. Many decades-old Islander 36s continue to be worthy competitors in today’s Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) events.

The Modern Classic Racer-Cruiser

40-year-old Islander 36 proves to be a comfortable and fast ride.

The Islander 36 was built from 1971 to 1985, making it one of the longest-lived 36-footers ever on the U.S. market. More than 750 of the Alan Gurney-designed racer-cruiser sloops were built, with production spanning almost the entire history of Islander Yachts.

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