Review of Alpa 36

Basic specs.

sail specifications
The Alpa 36 is a sailboat designed by the American maritime architect bureau Sparkman & Stephens. The Alpa 36 is built by the Italian yard Alpa.

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The hull is made of fibreglass. Generally, a hull made of fibreglass requires only a minimum of maintenance during the sailing season.


The boat can enter most marinas as the draft is just about 1.56 - 1.66 meter (5.12 - 5.42 ft) dependent on the load. See immersion rate below.


The boat is typically equipped with an engine.

Sailing characteristics

This section covers widely used rules of thumb to describe the sailing characteristics. Please note that even though the calculations are correct, the interpretation of the results might not be valid for extreme boats.

Immersion rate

The immersion rate is defined as the weight required to sink the boat a certain level. The immersion rate for Alpa 36 is about 255 kg/cm, alternatively 1430 lbs/inch.
Meaning: if you load 255 kg cargo on the boat then it will sink 1 cm. Alternatively, if you load 1430 lbs cargo on the boat it will sink 1 inch.

Sailing statistics

This section is statistical comparison with similar boats of the same category. The basis of the following statistical computations is our unique database with more than 26,000 different boat types and 350,000 data points.

L/B (Length Beam Ratio)

What is L/B (Length Beam Ratio)?

The l/b ratio for Alpa 36 is 3.26.

Wide Slim 54% 0 50 100
Compared with other similar sailboats it is slimmer than 54% of all other designs. It seems that the designer has chosen a slightly more speedy hull design.



If you need to renew parts of your running rig and is not quite sure of the dimensions, you may find the estimates computed below useful.

Guiding dimensions of running rig
Jib sheet 11.2 m(36.6 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Genoa sheet 11.2 m(36.6 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Mainsheet 27.9 m(91.5 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)
Spinnaker sheet24.5 m(80.5 feet)14 mm(0.55 inch)

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