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Cromarty 36, Alyona, Lying  Isle of Wight

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Sails and Deck Gear
Nav Station
Outside Helm
Port Cabin
Aft Cabin


Owner's comments

We bought Alyona in 2009, promptly laid her up, stripped her down, drained and cleaned the stainless steel fuel and water tanks, and renewed the hoses. Took the rudder off and checked the bearings, and renewed the cutlass bearing, plus new Marelon sea cocks for engine intake, toilet in and out and cockpit drain, plus new skin fittings.

The engine was overhauled, hoses renewed and fitted new bilge pumps.

Redesigned the instrumentation console and installed new chart plotter, AIS, and digital radar. Stripped the woodwork back and re varnished.

I have serviced the engine in April (as I do annually), drained the oil and replaced oil and water filters, prior to our annual cruise.

This year going east from Cowes through the Swale, up the Medway, then a wonderful first time passage up the Thames for a week in London. Then over to Calais visiting most of the Seine bay ports before our return to Cowes two months later.

What a comfortable boat she is and a pleasure to be aboard, both single handed or with the family whether underway – at anchor in the Solent – or on her sheer legs in the Scilly Isles, sitting at the dining table in the cockpit or snug in the saloon, steering at the upper helm in the sunshine or down below in the saloon on the bad days.

Winter cruising with the Eberspacher and the double glazed saloon windows is also a pleasure.

In 2011 I prepared the bottom of the hull and applied copper coat as a long term antifouling solution and hull protection. In 2011 the injectors were removed and professionally serviced.

Unfortunately I think our extensive cruising days are over and we shall be buying a much smaller boat to potter around the Solent in.

Builders Comments

If you enjoy cruising in supreme comfort, entertaining in style or just soaking up the sun, the Cromarty 36 is tailor made for you.

Gordon Wyatt and David Freeman, designers of the renowned Fisher Class of motor sailers, have excelled themselves with the Cromarty 36. She is an exceptionally strong, superbly finished three-cabin, six berth cruising masterpiece.

Emphasis throughout the yacht has been placed on space, function, light and comfort. Step aboard and you immediately feel at home.

The Cromarty 36 has an easy to sail ketch rig. Wide side decks with low bulwarks, robust stanchions and the split rig with manageable sail areas, enable alterations to be made to the sail plan with consummate ease and safety.

Add a furling system and sailing the Cromarty 36 short-handed becomes simplicity itself. Whether steered from above or below deck, she is well balanced and responsive making sailing a delight whatever the weather. 

The reliable, well proven, Volvo Penta diesel engine with a fuel capacity of 100 gallons gives a range of over 1000 miles at approximately 5-6 knots. 

Add some sail and the Cromarty 36 comes into her element. All you have to do is decide where to go and at what speed. Once in harbour the three bladed propeller and 2.4:1 reduction and reverse gearbox make manoeuvring into the tightest berth easy. 

Blondecell Marine

Yachting Monthly boat test

The attributes of this yacht add up to an interesting and successful package with a distinct and discerning niche in the market. The accommodation is practical, extremely well put together and fully equipped. We felt that the overall design was a bit cluttered but this only emphasised her rather country-cottage type of charm. 

Sailing and power performances are well matched. She can be a genuinely powerful motor-cruiser when conditions dictate but she also has a rewarding performance under sail, which will encourage more than the occasional downwind run. She is, as Blondecell say, an all-weather, multi-purpose cruiser which takes a lot of the strain, stress and discomfort out of going to sea. 


Classic Boat Magazine

..... The design concept of the Cromarty places maximum emphasis on creating a feeling of spaciousness. This was apparent when moving around the decks where Treadmaster coverings and double guardrails on 6” (150mm) bulwarks also give a feeling of security and whether alongside or under way, I always had the feeling of being on a much larger vessel. An impression which was reinforced by the large combined deck saloon and wheelhouse, much like those of northern European craft which have to contend with the rigours of the colder climate. 

One of the lasting impressions of the Cromarty 36 is that it is possible to walk the full length of her decks without ever having to step down into a cockpit. An outside on-deck steering position and seats aft — which double as cavernous lockers for stowing fenders, buckets and warps — cater for those who like their sailing in the fresh air. The general layout makes certain that whether sailing, anchoring or securing alongside, it can all be done with the minimum of fuss. The sheets and control lines are all led to the outside wheel position so that the yacht can be sailed single or short handed. .....

...... The system of sail control is just one example which illustrates the considerable thought that has clearly gone into designing and planning the 36. The result of this attention to detail is that after very little practice, handling the Cromarty under sail is quite simple. The directional stability of the long keel meant that tacking was a steady and predictable affair with everything under control, rather than the boom—clatter—crash that can be typical of a boat with a narrow fin keel. .......


Equally at home cruising the Western Isles or the Mediterranean, the Cromarty 36 is a well found motor sailer ideal for the owner who demands equal measures of comfort and luxury, combined with sailing and power performance. I didn’t expect to be surprised by her performance under power but her sailing qualities certainly exceeded my expectations.


[ Alyona ] Photos ] Sails and Deck Gear ] Layout ] Saloon ] Galley ] Nav Station ] Outside Helm ] Forecabin ] Port Cabin ] Aft Cabin ] Heads ] Engine ] Specifications ] [ Comments ]
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