36 NOVA TRAWLER
Custom "design and build" 36 foot, Cape Island Style, semi-displacement, live aboard trawler



Our customer brought us a dream. We transformed their dream into a living vessel. Starting from the keel up, every detail was given particular attention. From the mechanical and structural specification to the interior layout and quality of finish.


The raised wheelhouse was preferred and the rest of the boat was designed around this feature. The hull selected for this customer was a traditional Cape Island style of solid fiberglass construction built to commercial construction standards. The deck and cabin structure is an engineered composite cored structure.


Important for function and safety, the large windows offer the best view and makes for a bright and cheerful wheelhouse. All engine and system controls are in easy reach and instruments logically placed.


For additional seating in the wheelhouse, we built an elevated settee, making the wheelhouse a fun place to be. Excellent view and comfortable louging when crusing or on the hook. For the occasional overnight guests, this sette converts into a double bunk. Notice that the electrical panel is central to the boat for easy reach from the back cabin or wheelhouse.


The windows are aluminum framed and tempered glass with a slight tint of green. The wheelhouse doors are also aluminum construction, Dutch style, with solid hardware, proper dogs and a secure latch. There is amply room for guest to sit and stand in the wheelhouse. When underway, this wheelhouse is pivotal to all functions.


The helm chair is unique, in that the back folds into a lounge position. The chart table behind stores back up navigation charts and also provides a work station for log entries and occasional laptop/office duties. Notice that the top half of the Dutch door is open, that gives an open "touch" to the outdoors while providing a safe and comfortable feeling.


This sitting area is a multi-functional design. With the two leafs up you have a large table for formal dining, just add deck chairs and invite your friends. With the leafs folded and the hi/low bases in the lower position, you have a coffee table. The seating is also a comfortable sleeping lounge and by repositioning the back cushions, it converts into a double bunk.


An important consideration for the galley is the open concept with as much counter space as possible. All storage is under the counter to allow for windows. Large louvre doors for ventilation and a proper ships stove/oven compliment this arrangement. Safety on board is always a priority, so the propane gas controls and fire extinguisher was sensibly positioned near the exit.


The master cabin has a "vee" pullman style beds with a nicely finished slatted ceiling. On the port side is a head and opposite is a closet and wardrobe. There are six bronze portholes, deck vents with storm caps and cowls plus a large overhead deck hatch to provide fresh ventilation.


Central to the interior of the boat is the guest washroom and shower. Adjacent is the refrigeration and freezer complimented with stainless steel door panels. Notice the overhead hand rails smartly positioned. Just up the steps and on the left is the control panel.


The engine/mechanical room is spacious. The main entrance is from the wheelhouse (has a small ladder with 4 steps down) the secondary entrance is from the back cabin. The main engine is a 260HP marine diesel and the diesel generating set is 9KW. Climate control is zoned with an air conditioning rated at 40,000 BTU and a hot water diesel fired boiler rated at 30,000 BTU.


The dominant feature of this boat is the width. Boasting a beam close to 16 feet and a transom of 12 feet probably makes this boat the widest 36 on the water. Large swim platform, proper folding swim ladder, dingy with chocks and electrical/mechananical lift arm completes this picture.


The aft cockpit was designed to be part of the living space. By opening the double sliding doors, you combine the interior activites with an outdoor setting. With the generous roof overhang, you can leave these doors open and still be protected from the weather. The side seating are actually outdoor bunks, 6 feet long and 30 inches wide, with cavernous storage underneath.


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