Thomas Point 36
By Scott Shane
Drawn by Kaufman Design Inc.
What do you get when you combine New England
clam chowda and Chesapeake oysters on the half shell: Appetizers at Anthony's
Pier 4 of Boston, for some. Cruising yachtsmen, though, get the Thomas
Point 36 Sedan.
Downcast boats are familiar to the boating public. Less well known is
Chesapeake-style design, typified by yachts that are low and lean, especial
ly from abaft their midsections. For the Thomas Point 36 Sedan, built
Mast & Mallet Boatworks, Annapolis-based naval architect Mike Kaufman
incorporated the favorable characteristics of both. The prow and tumblehome
transom are unmistakably Yankee, vet the area abaft the windshield is
classically Chesapeake—low, graceful and simple. As the company's
first fiberglass-hull model, she fits between the existing 34- and 38-footers,
both cold-molded constructions.
"The 36 Sedan is the perfect size for us to offer ample interior
volume with walkaround room and considerable locker stowage," said
Mast & Mallet's
owner, Joe Reid.
Reid was quick to note that although the 36's hull will be fiberglass,
her interior will be traditional wood, one of the boat's highlights.
Since the Thomas Point 36 Sedan is a custom yacht, each owner can create
an environment suited to his cruising style. She comes with a galley-up
or galley-down arrangement, with an optional dinette behind the helm.
A companion seat is standard.
The saloon arrangement with the galley up makes sense, since it keeps
social necessities on one level. An L-shape settee with a table is to
starboard, and the galley's counter is to port.
||1x 315 hp Yanmar
Belowdecks are the accommodations and an entertainment area, which has
a table and a settee that converts to a single berth. Across from the
settee is a head with an independent stall shower.
Interior joinery also is the buyer's choice. Exterior brightwork can
be limited to a few simple pieces, to add character, or taken
to the extreme with a full-blown teak transom and swim platform.
The 36's hull is expected to be slippery, translating to fewer horsepower
necessary for optimum performance. The entry, with a 30-degree deadrise
forward, should be smooth, and a 9-degree deadrise at the transom should
keep her working platform steady. A single 315 hp Yanmar is standard.
The optional 440 hp Yanmar will give her a cruising speed of 20 knots
and a top speed near 28 knots, according to the manufacturer. Twin engines
also are available.