This is one absolute classic
beauty. This double - ender has been owned for the last thirty
years by a shipwright that has taken infinite care of her. If
you want to step back in time to the beauty of these incredible
boats, come see this boat. She has all the classy touches right
down to her tough wooden mast.
The concept of the Union 36 goes
back to the early 1970's when Hans Cristian Yachts founder
commissioned Robert Perry to build a 34 foot vessel to be built
in Taiwan at the Union Ship Co. in Taipei. Soon the boat was on
the market in the United States as a Hans Christian 34'.
Before the first Hans Christian
34 wet its hull, Edwards stretched the mold adding area fore and
aft of the cockpit making the new mold 36'.
Originally the agreement was that
Hans Christian owned the design and distribution, but Edwards
had a falling out with Union Ship Company and it was found out
they owned the design and molds and would continue to build the
vessel and market it as a Union 36.
The boat displaces 22,000 lbs and
the hull is heavily constructed. Some say the boat is over -
built but the thick, hand laden, with the deck built from
3/8" fiberglass, 3/4" plywood, and an added 3/8"
The boats is accented all over
with traditional silicaon bronze hardware, along with wooden
blocks, and presents an old style classic aesthetic seldom seen
in today's world of aluminum dressed boats. No, it's no shiny
but the top of the line bronze is superior on so many levels to
stainless and aluminum.
The original teak decks have been
removed by the owner, who has owned the boat over 30 years, and
is a professional shipwright, so you know it was done correctly.
She is a heavy boat and it takes
roughly 15 knots of wind to move her at hull speed but once she
is rolling, she cruises extremely well. In a decent wind she
handles beautifully, and points very well. She will take you
anywhere, handling well and responds to the steepest of waves
and stays relatively dry.
In light winds though, you can
always fall back to the "iron ginny", a Perkins 4 -108
that has been well maintained and pushes the boat pretty close
The barn door rudder is mounted
on two heavy, bronze gudgeons, and a keel - supported shoe. The
rudder provides very good control and reasonable response even
though there is a full keel.
There is plenty of headroom and
ventilation. There is storage at every turn and the boat is very
comfortable for long passages, which the boat was built for.
In the salon there is a U -
shaped dinette to port (more storage beneath the seats) and to
starboard there is a nice large settee, that also functions as a
sea berth. There's also a nice pilot berth.
The U shaped galley is located to
port and contains a deep double sink, and a three burner CNG
stove, with a 12 cubic foot refrigerator below.
This boat is hungry for the open
sea and is built to ride blue water. If you want to travel this
boat will suit you fine. Come see her and you will love her, so
bring your check book!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please see
the information provided by the owner and posted here January 16, 2017.
This information is the most recent, complete, and accurate
discrepancies between this and any other information, including
information previously reported or found elsewhere, should be
resolved in favor of this most current posting.