Bowman 36 Classic Cruiser/Racer Sailing Yacht
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LOA: 9.75m    BEAM: 10'9" 
LWL: 31'2"             DRAFT: 6 9.5
Construction:  GRP        Gross Tonnage: 10.49
Ballast Ratio: 39%

DESIGNER: Holman and Pye

BUILT: Hull and Deck, moulded by Seaglass, sold at the 1971 Boat Show

Bowman is the 'The Bentley of the sea'
David Glenn

RIG: Sloop



SAILS: Various new sails, standard main, heavy genoa, storm jib, spinnakers.

NAVIGATIONAL: Log, echo sounder, steering compass at wheel, hand bearing compass, GPS, VHF.

GALLEY: Worktops with a deep sink with fresh and salt water taps, good storage and Gimballed 2 burner stainless cooker with oven.  Built in deep chest icebox.


Surprisingly well laid out interior for such a vintage with 3 good sea berths in the main salon, (A 4th has been modified to carry TV, video/DVD player and sound system but could be reinstated as a berth if required) Double or V berths in the forward cabin and single navigators berth beside the chart table. The galley is in the optimum position opposite the chart table and below the hatch.

Ahead of the saloon, the heads and shower compartment is on the port side and the door may be used to either close the fore cabin or the heads.

The Bowman 36 was designed by Holman and Pye, this is the deep keel version, (there is also a centre-board version). She was bought as a hull and deck which was moulded by Seaglass at the 1971 Boat Show and then completed by John Rock of Bournemouth. The current owners bought the yacht from the Royal Signals Yacht Club in Cyprus in November 1993.

The captain decided on an immediate re-build. Having observed the boat for years he was aware of her being very tender and quite unsuited for competitive racing (she was designed as 100/100 motor-sailor) and as racing was his passion (He was the offshore champion for many years, in this or any other boat he raced), he started the re-build by increasing her ballast ratio from 29% to nearer 40%. This was done by removing the fuel tank, which is situated over the encapsulated cast iron keel, and putting in 925 kilos of lead shot over the keel. (The procedure was started by first putting the shot in place in 25kg bags with the boat in the water so that he could be sure of the proper fore and aft trim. The bags were then removed and 4 baffles were put in place so that the shot did not slide about. The shot was then poured into the boxes thus created and mixed with 5 gallons of epoxy resin to create a stable unit. This was then covered with 6 layers of heavy mat and polyester resin and well bonded into the hull. The fuel tank was cut and shut to fit the remaining space. Fuel capacity has been reduced from 50 gals. to about 20 gals, but as one of his idiosyncrasies was to come in and out of the marina under sail it was not a serious compromise. The yacht then floated around two and a half inches below her old waterline but the change in sail carrying ability was remarkable, very gratifying and well worth the effort. As the engine was offset by four inches to port of the centre line he placed 75kg of lead shot permanently  under the starboard saloon berth.

Mr. David Cooper of Holman and Pye wrote in September 1998 regarding the displacement of the standard Bowman 36 deep keel version. He reckoned the displacement as 8.72 tons Imperial, 8,859 kg. When the 1,000 kg lead was added the displacement came to 9,859 kg. The boat was completely emptied for the weighing in, (no small task when it is geared up for cruising), two skippers were asked to check through everywhere, as was the club official in charge of the weighing. (Affidavits can be provided if necessary). The empty weight came to 8,122kg which is quite in line with the displacement value.

The result of all this hard work was that he not only continued winning, but would not consider exchanging her for any other yacht, including the Nicholson 43 which we had previously enjoyed and had the opportunity to obtain.
She is easy to handle, even without the modern addition of self furling. Her sea kindliness has been improved enormously as has her speed and stability.

She is a comfortable and atmospherically warm boat, plenty of wood and with most mod cons whilst at the same time retaining the necessities for when the mod cons go wrong.
For example she has manual water pumps to both sinks, sweet and seawater to the galley.

She has shore power lighting as well as battery power lighting throughout.

The attention she needs is minimal, (if there is such a thing with any boat, ) she was professionally maintained for a couple of years however not sailed at all.  I would suggest that her new owner might like to exchange the huge ice box and home made battery powered cool box for a fridge freezer, her portable air conditioning unit to a built in one and her manual bilge pumps (the one aft has stopped working and I have not examined why) would be easier with the installation of the electric one that he bought to install but didn't get around to.

The life raft will either need servicing or replacing, we don't know which as it hasn't been checked . She has some brand new sails, which have never even been on her.

She is being offered for sale at a price, which, having researched the market, will leave whoever buys her quid's in after doing any upgrading she needs, including a full repaint and anti foul.


Parang was cherished and refitted by a master craftsman who had been building boats since age 10. She deserves a new owner who will cherish and enjoy her as much as he did.


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Bowman 36 classic sailing yacht, the warm and cosy interior has plenty of storage and comfortable sea berths

The Bowman 36 has a useful working galley in the right position for catering at sea

Bowman 36 - wheel steering, fixed prop,long keel and skeg

Bowman 36 - the hull is deep and long. Antifouled in June 2008, ready for the water again.

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