The Samoa 36 is intended to provide a high performance cruising sailboat to be produced in fibreglass reinforced plastic. Hull, deck and interior layout use this material, so there is an important reduction in labour and time of fabrication.
This boat is aimed at the amateur construction community, when a group of enthusiasts joins their resources to build the necessary moulds for the production of a series of copies. This system of boat construction is very popular in Europe and now is being discovered by other cruising communities in different parts of the world.
These plans are also available for professional boat builders who are concerned with costs, but don't need exclusivity.
Following is a description of the Samoa 36, starting by it's internal arrangement.
A bulkhead with door separates the fore cabin from the main saloon, and in this area are placed two settee berths, the one at port side being U shaped. The drop leaf table, placed at centre line, if only used it's port side half, allows four persons to have a meal in comfort. When both sides are open the number of guests can be doubled. Behind the settees there are lockers and book shelves at both sides. Most production yachts this size don't offer these furniture's, instead preferring to place the settees practically touching the topsides. This may give a false impression of interior space, but denies the users of the convenience of shelves and lockers.
At the aft side of the saloon are placed the galley and the navigation table. This area of the interior has a raised floor that integrates who is placed there with the exterior, which is mainly praised by the cook who works in the brightest and most aired part of the boat. The navigator also profits from the splendid natural illumination of this compartment.
The galley counter extends up to the centreline providing a very large working area. Under this counter there is room for a garbage tin, compressor for refrigeration and there is still place for pots and pans. The large refrigeration compartment, is easily accessed once there is a recess in the counter's aft wall that shortens the distance for one's arm to reach the inside corners of the box. In front of this recess are placed twin sinks which are handy for using one for washing and the next for drying. More to the centreline there is room for placing serving plates or what is needed, not far from the dining table.
Behind the gimballed gas stove and the refrigerator's door, above the counter surface, are placed two lockers normally used to store kitchen utensils and provisions.
The navigation table at the other side with it's cosy stool is large enough for all electronic gear normally placed aboard a boat this size, and there is still enough room for a paper chart folded in half. The electrical distribution panel is placed to the right of the navigator's seat and next in front is placed another wall where radios and other electronic equipment may be installed.
The boat's head is placed starboard of the engine compartment. There is ample headroom on top of the grated floor board for a shower , sink and toilet are positioned for maximum confort. Following in the aft direction there is a huge compartment for stowage with access from the head compartment and from outside. Few yachts provide such a convenience. In this place may be stowed spare sails, inflatable, ropes and fenders, still leaving room for the installation of dessalinator or even a generator. Closer to the transom is placed a tight locker for gas bottles.
At port side is placed the aft cabin. With a sofa and a large double berth intended to be used in the fore and aft direction, as it should be. Close to the topside there are lockers for clothes and bedding.
With three hatches, two opening ports and three fixed windows, the cabin trunk has a very efficient natural air circulation and lets a lot of light to enter down below.
The foredeck is slightly raised forward of the cabin trunk leaving a small side wall very convenient as a toe rail when one needs to go forward and the boat is heeled. It also improves headroom down below. The cockpit with steering wheel opens aft to the boarding platform, and the helmsman seat pivots leaving a wide passageway for who comes aboard. Two hinged hatches placed at the cockpit starboard seat give access to the large lazzarette behind the head and farther back to the gas compartment. The Samoa 36 sail plan is typical of a high performance cruising boat. There are two pairs of spreaders angled aft and at the lower spreader there is one pair of lower shrouds each side , one of them going forward and the other joining the top and intermediary shrouds chain plate. This rig assures excellent transverse and longitudinal stiffness . The boats sloop rigged but we advise installation of a removable inner fore stay about one foot from the top of the mast for hoisting a hooked storm jib in very bad weather, leaving the foresail furled. With a generous sail area of 57,4 m2 the Samoa 36 is a fast boat in light winds.
By the other side the simplicity in deck arrangement allows a small crew to sail her in an effortless way. The main sail traveller is placed in the cabin trunk's roof, so there is no interference between dodger and main sheet. In the cockpit there are only the primary fore sail winches, and even they are placed to the outside of the coamings. In way of the cockpit there is only the steering wheel and it's folding table. The Samoa 36 has a more than average water and diesel capacity, a quite shallow draught and adequate balanced rudder. This is the first Fiberglas cruising sail boat that we designed in the twenty first century for the years to come.