Hardy's 36 has many good points and a few shortcomings. Thankfully, the positive elements are outstanding, and the negative aspects are easily corrected.

Hardy’s 36 has many good points and a few shortcomings. Thankfully, the positive elements are outstanding, and the negative aspects are easily corrected. Let’s exorcise the bad first: flybridge throttles (the ergonomic department’s prank?), galley tops (too low), deck lockers (insufficient and poorly executed), and engineroom access (far too time-consuming). That’s not a big list, and it could be easily sorted.

On to the plus points. If you cruise with friends, sleeping cabins at opposite ends are a major improvement in privacy ­ and the Hardy’s aft cabin is particularly good.

It is so much easier and quicker to move around a boat with twin saloon side doors. Saving a few extra seconds isn’t critical (this is a leisure activity, after all) but convenience and safety are greatly enhanced. For instance, positioning the side access near the side door and lower helm means that berthing the Hardy alone is a wholly realistic proposition ­ great for those brief evening jaunts when all your crew are stuck in the office.

But the aspect we find so overwhelmingly appealing is the Hardy’s safety. So many things contribute: the bulwarks, wide side decks, guardrails at the correct height, and the easy side-boarding, for instance.

This is all helped by the superb visibility, highly accessible mooring facilities, and the easy passage up to the aft deck and flybridge. Of course, droning on about safety sounds dull compared with the more romantic side of boating. But struggling forward with a fender bigger than the side deck, attempting the 2ft leap from the pontoon onto a slippery bathing platform, or battling to pick up a mooring from an exposed, pitching foredeck is not the least bit romantic. Hardy owners understand that there are more idyllic ways to spend their time.

DIMENSIONS

Length overall (LOA) 35ft 9in 10.90m

Hull length 34ft 11in 10.64m

Beam 12ft 4in 3.76m

Draught 3ft 9in 1.14m

>Air draught 11ft 2in 3.44m

Displacement 8.0 tonnes (light) 9.7 tonnes (loaded)

Fuel capacity 365 imp gal 1,659 litres

Water capacity 70 imp gal 320 litres

Engines Twin Volvo Penta TAMD 41P

200hp @ 3,800rpm 6-cylinder 3.6lt turbo diesels 4-bladed propellers 20in diameter by 22in pitch

(510mm by 560mm)

RPM Speed Trim GPH MPG Range

800 3.6 0.0° n/a n/a n/a