Monday, July 27, 2015


Another hot boat for 2016 is going to be the Pogo 36. I had already posted about it:

While we wait for having it on the water some new pictures and some interesting comments by the designers (Finot/Conq):

"To create a successor to the Pogo 10.50 and its huge success, we have designed the Pogo 36, using all the experience gathered from the latest models in the range.

This boat is slightly longer and wider, providing more space for the crew. The philosophy of a simple, light, fast and easy to handle sailing boat has been retained. The deck is simple and ergonomic, all winches are installed on the coachroof to be at the ideal working height. Composite coachroof coamings replace the fabric backrests. Again, there are two tillers at the back, that can be used both from the aft of the cockpit seats or from the sidedeck.

One of the new features is the bathroom located forward of the saloon, thereby providing space for two large aft cabins and a cabin in the front triangle.

A more visible novelty resides in the exterior design : The shipyard required a view to the front from the saloon, which, combined with the new position of the bathroom, led us to design coachroof windows bending towards the centerline.

Like all recent models of the range, the hull features a hard chine. It has been positionned as low as possible, the provide stability and power. The front volumes are quite full, to help the boat reach a nose-up attitude while planning.

Several versions of the hull were tested in CFD (computational fluid dynamics) using the FINE/Marine software package, to choose the final hull shape.

The backstay-less rig has only one set of spreaders and a square-top mainsail.

The carbon fiber mast is stepped quite far aft for a better balance of genoa and mainsail areas. This also increses the mainsail's aspect ratio for better performance. The composite, 1090kg keel is lifting (rotating), like all the other boats of the range. A fixed keel version will also be offered."

Just a comment to the last image (CFC study): I know that those beamy transoms are very misleading in what regards the waterplane of the boat but it is always very instructive to see how misleading they are. We can see also what was referred by the designers: a huge buoyancy on the forward sections of the boat that as they say will keep the bow up at planing speeds.


  1. love this boat but why no backstays?

    1. Good question :-): The Cruising Pogo is a very fast boat but the designer and the builder think that for cruising, even fast cruising, the rig design they use is enough and even if that makes me a bit of confusion the truth is that I never heard about a cruising Pogo losing the mast.

      On racing versions they use back-stays but given the mast position (way back) and the big main sail they have to use a kind of double backstay that has some similarity with movable backstays. Before you gybe you have to lose one and tension the other to allow the big main to pass.

      There are some owners that installed these backstays (similar to the ones on racing class 40 or racing minis) on the cruising boats but they give some work to operate. If you want one they will mount it on your boat.

      Have a look: