LOA: 36' (10.97 m)
DWL: 31'-8" (9.65 m)
Beam: 12'-6" (3.81 m)
Draft (Keel): 21" (533 mm)
Draft (Max): 41" (1041 mm)
Displacement: 18,635 lbs. (8453 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 390 gals. (1476 L)
Deadrise: 9 degrees
Freeboard (Fwd): 70 3/4" (1797 mm)
Freeboard (Aft): 40" (1016 mm)
Power: (2) 420 SHP Diesels

36' Express Fisherman

Even though the Palm Beach style open express boat isn't the most practical boat for many sport fishermen, I still love the way these boats look. Sleek and low, they look like they are cruising at 30 knots when they are idling along in the bay. It has been well over a decade since this preliminary design was created. It says something about the design that she still looks good and people still contact me about her. To me, that is the ultimate compliment for a boat designer!

The hull of the 36' Express Fisherman features a sweeping sheer, high enough forward for good seakeeping, while low enough aft to allow for billing that Sailfish you just caught. Her topsides forward have moderate flair that transitions to tumblehome back aft. Her bottom is a straightforward modified-V with a fine entry and 9° of deadrise at the transom. This should give her a smooth ride in a chop while allowing for easy planing and good stability. Beam has been kept relatively narrow to minimize her power requirements and improve fuel economy and speed.

Profile Drawing of 36' Express Fisherman Her construction is triple-planked Mahogany set in epoxy. She should be covered with a light layer of fiberglass cloth to protect the wood from marine borers and minor dings. Her framing consists of longitudinal stringers supported by bulkheads and frames. The foredeck is a composite of plywood sandwiched around a balsa core. This allows the foredeck to be built without any structure other than her interior partitions and cabinetry. Her cockpit will be marine grade ply to withstand the loads imparted by a fighting chair. If you'd like the ultimate in non-slip, cover it with Teak.

Power can be from either Yanmar or Cummins diesels with about 420 shp each. Top speed should be around 31-33 knots with this power. She would still perform well with smaller engines, while delivering better fuel economy. A small generator can be fitted to the aft end of the engine room to power battery chargers, air conditioning and refrigeration. Her 390 gallon fuel tank is aft, below the cockpit. Water and waste tanks are outboard of the engines in the engine room.

Interior Arrangement of 36' Express Fisherman The interior of the 36' Express Fisherman is straightforward and simple. A dinette to starboard, head and galley to port. A V-berth fills the bow with a hanging locker just aft to starboard. Her cockpit layout is open and roomy, with toe kicks all around. Moderate beam and tumblehome help insure your line will clear the transom corners when Mr. Blue runs faster than your helmsman can react. Prep centers between the cockpit and helm deck can include anything you like, from tackle drawers to a baitwell or a freezer. Her helm is to starboard and provides good visibility all around.

The 36' Express Fisherman was drawn as a calling card for my fledgling business. She was drawn to show what I was capable of doing, to get some attention and maybe even a contract to finish her off. That contract to finish her never came, but over the years many people have asked about her. I like to think she did what she was supposed to as many people who saw the 36' Express Fisherman also asked me about my smaller designs. She likely will never be finished, which is a shame as she would still make a fine fishing boat!

Study plans are available below as downloadable PDF files. These can be opened with any PDF reader, most people already have the free Adobe Reader installed. Please remember that these plans are the property of Smith Marine Design and should not be used for any purpose without my written consent.

Profile and Arrangement
Machinery Arrangement