SHANGRI LA 36′ & SAFARI 40′ CRUISING CUTTER – Design #’s 001 & 002

There are two distinct profiles derived from the lines to this multichine steel cruising cutter. The 36′ version with transom scoop and tall rig is the more contemporary of the two whilst the 40′ version with the transom-hung rudder and bow platform has a more timeless appeal. Both versions, however, have the ability to cruise anywhere in safety and comfort, the first 36′ having completed a 17-month Indian Ocean cruise, crossed the South Atlantic and rounded Cape Horn in mid winter (refer news or links page).

The cutter rig shown is simple and versatile in allowing sail combinations to suit all conditions. The 40′ boat, although having a shorter mast, actually has a greater sail area due to the wider base of the sailplan. Also the CE is lower resulting in a slightly stiffer boat.
The accommodation layout is reasonably standard with double berth forward, settee/berths in the saloon, galley to port and a quarter berth to starboard. Notable is the pantry stowage aft of the galley. There is only one head/shower, another would merely compromise the rest of the accommodation. This boat would therefore be suitable for family coastal cruising or long-distance voyaging for a couple. The engine is located under the cockpit sole with good access from the galley side and by portable companion stairs. Limited engine access will also be possible from the quarter berth to port. Stowage for deck and diving gear etc. is provided in the lazarette lockers, accessible through hatches in the cockpit seats. The liferaft is stowed in a cavity below the cockpit sole, easy to slide out should the need arise.

Hull and deck construction will be of steel for ultimate strength and safety. The multichine hull shape should present no undue problems for a homebuilder with a reasonably practical nature. I can say this with some authority as I built this design myself with no prior welding and metalwork experience.
Brief Specifications:

36′ Tall Rig Version
LOA - 10.95m (35′ 11″)
LOD - 10.95m (35′ 11″)
DWL - 9.65m (31′ 8″)
Beam - 3.45m (11′ 4″)
Draught - 1.765m (5′ 9.5″)
Displacement - 11000kg (Full Load)
Power - 27 to 36hp
Sail Area - 65.0m? (700 sq. feet)
40′ Version
LOA - 12.35m (40′ 6″)
LOD - 11.05m (36′ 3″)
DWL – 9.65m (31′ 8″)
Beam – 3.45m (11′ 4″)
Draught - 1.765m (5′ 9.5″)
Displacement - 11260kg (Full Load)
Power - 27 to 36hp
Sail Area - 66.9m? (720 sq. feet)

SHANGRI-LA 36′ Steel Cutter – 2003 Update:

We have finally tracked down the owner of this well-travelled cruising boat and persuaded him to part with some photo’s and video clips from his voyages. Even though “Shangri-La” was heavily built, equipped and loaded for extended cruises she logged respectable passage times for a small steel boat. She has regularly sailed at over 10 knots in a strong following breeze.

According to the owner, she handled easily in all conditions and even in extreme conditions the crew felt safe and secure. At one point the boat experienced 70 knots for several days in the Indian Ocean between Chagos and Mauritius. “The boat never faltered” was the exact quote from the owner. Presently “Shangri-La” is marina-bound in Cape Town but I’m sure it will not be too long before she is off voyaging again.

SHANGRI-LA 36′ Steel Cutter – 2005 Update:

Under new ownership the boat cruised from South Africa to Chile in mid 2005 and then completed a difficult rounding of the Horn in mid August. The full story is Here