Thursday, May 23

New Legacy 36: A Classic Cruiser with Down East Lines

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Legacy is ready to launch a new 36 in a few weeks, and it has three others in various stages of construction. With classic Down East lines and economical 26-knot performance, the Legacy 36 is an attractive cruising boat for a couple or a small family.

When Tartan Yachts, in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, bought Legacy two years ago, it relaunched the Mark Ellis-designed Legacy 42 with IPS pod drives. Then it turned to the 36 and the 32 in the Legacy portfolio, with the 36 getting a lot of interest recently.

The Legacy 36 comes with three layout options, involving one or two staterooms and the galley up or down. In the typical galley-down option, the salon/helm deck has twin, matching L-shaped settees facing each other, one on the port side, with a table, and the other to starboard. The galley is below, down three steps, on the port side, with the head, including a full stall shower, to starboard. The master stateroom, with a queen-size island bed, is forward.

In the galley-up option, the galley is on the starboard side of the salon, while a large settee takes its former place on the port side below; the settee can be converted to a berth at night. In a third option, the galley is up and the area to port below becomes a guest cabin for two.

The captain and the mate have matching pedestal seats in the salon. The helm console is crafted with lots of space for electronics, and the captain has a tilting Stazo wheel. The mate, over to port, has a functional nav table with a pullout drawer for a laptop or tablet. The salon is filled with natural light from large front and side windows. The Legacy has a varnished Sapelle sole and handcrafted cherry trim; it’s both nautical and warm. And the boat has the advantage of Tartan’s craftsmanship and joinerwork.

The cockpit, or aft deck, has an aft settee across the transom and two more seats next to the entrance to the salon. The Legacy 36 is a safe boat, with high bulwarks leading forward, a secure bow rail and lots of handholds.

The hull is a modified deep-V, with wide chine flats and centerline flats; it planes at low speeds and is efficient and comfortable at higher speeds. It is laid up with Tartan’s advanced composite technology, using a vacuum-infusion process and epoxy vinylester resin. The drivetrain is protected by a keel/skeg that includes a cast-bronze shoe between the end of the sked and the rudder tip. The keel protects the prop while adding stability in tracking.

Standard power is a single 480-hp Cummins, which is efficient throughout the speed range. Here are the performance figures: At 11 knots, the engine burns 7 gph; at 14.8 knots, it burns 13.5 gph; at 22.4 knots, it burns 22.8 gph, and at a wide-open 26 knots, it burns 27.6 gph.

Specs.: LOA: 39’7”; Beam: 12’6”; Draft: 3’5”; Disp.: 18,500 lbs.; Fuel: 300 gals.; Water: 100 gals.; Power: 1×480-hp Cummins QSB 6.7.





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