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1980 SHE 36

Beaulieu, Hampshire


Named in honour of Alain Catherinau, who rescued 8 crew from a sinking yacht during the notorious 1979 Fastnet Race on to his SHE 36 Lorelei, Legionnaire is one of the last Sparkman & Stephens designed SHE 36s built. She has completed a thorough refit overseen by her experienced owner and a marine surveyor, whose report is available to interested parties. Highlights include revarnished interior joinery, new upholstery, standing rigging from 2018, six sails recently valeted and laundered, serviced life-raft and 28hp Beta from 2000. Provenance and history galore. She is due an antifoul and engine service and will then be ready to go.

Basic Boat Info

Tax Status: Not Applicable
Boat Name: Legionnaire
Make: SHE
Model: 36
Year: 1980
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: South Hants Engineering
Designer: Sparkman & Stephens
Construction: Fiberglass
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 35'6 ft / 10.82 m
Length Overall: 35'6 ft / 10.82 m
Beam: 10'6 ft / 3.20 m
Max Draft: 6'4 ft / 1.92 m

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Fuel: Diesel


Heads Count: 1
Boat Class: Cruisers, Racers and Cruisers


William Rhys-Jones
BH Boat Sales


BH Boat Sales
BH Boat Sales Bucklers Hard Yacht Harbour
Beaulieu, Hampshire, GB, SO42 7XB
Tel:+44 (0)1590 616316


LOA:                     10.82m
LWL:                       9.0m
Beam:                     3.2m
Max Draft:               1.92m
Displacement:          6,613kg


White GRP hull and deck. Grey SHE non-slip deck covering. Fin keel. Wheel steering. Built to Lloyds Register of Shipping 100A1. 2021 survey report available. Part 1 Registered British Ship.


28hp Beta inboard diesel engine driving a conventional shaft and 2 bladed propeller. 1097 hours. Cruising speed 6 knots. 50 gallon diesel tank.

Diesel-fired Eberspacher Hydronic heating.



Two high-capacity batteries, engine start and domestic supply

240V shorepower with RCD

Battery charger

Immersion heater for hot water and Calorifier

Solar panel to trickle charge batteries



Fully battened Hyde mainsail with 3 reefs and easy-adjust leach line. Back-up spare mainsail.

Hyde furling Genoa, sacrificial strip renewed. No. 3 back-up furling headsail.

2 Spinnakers ( 1 lightweight & 1 medium ) plus Hood snuffer



Keel stepped single spreader mast.

Stainless steel standing rigging replaced in 2018.

Solid kicker plus back-up spare.

Backstay tensioner.

Two spinnaker poles

Coachroof mounted traveller


2 x two speed Lewmar mast winches with 6 jammers in 2 banks

2 Lewmar 46 self-tailing & 2 single-speed Lewmar coachroof winches

2 Lewmar 24 two speed Lewmar cockpit winches

Lazy Jacks

Selden furling system



6 berths in forward cabin, saloon and quarter berth

( Forward V-berth has infill to convert to a double berth )

Under berth sail storage

Locker and open wardrobe

Head compartment with manual flush sea toilet, basin and shower

Main saloon dinette with U -shaped seating and dining table which converts to form a double berth

Single berth opposite with pull-out section and lee cloth

Long quarter berth with lee cloth

Galley to starboard with gimballed Plastimo Neptune 2000 gas oven, grill and two burner hob

Double sink





Radar - Raytheon SL70

Depth/Log/Speed - Raytheon ST60 Tridata

Wind instrument - Raytheon ST60

Autopilot - Raymarine ST6000+

GPS - Raytheon RN300

VHF with DSC - Simrad RD68



Sprayhood with grab handles

Teak cockpit table

Plastimo Lifeshoe with line and Danbuoy

6 man ISO 9650 Ocean Safety liferaft serviced to July 2024

Emergency grab bag

Avon Redcrest 4 man dinghy with outboard engine bracket

Canvas hatch covers

Cockpit dodgers


Spring cleats

Fenders & warps


Only the acquisition of a very special Bowman 40 ( also LR100A1 ) has forced the sale of lovely Legionnaire. The time has come for me to go for a slightly more cruising oriented boat. I will miss my lovely Legionnaire, the second SHE 36 I have owned and the fourth SHE owned by my family.


The She 36 is one of the finest and most attractive of the 1970s fast cruisers, designed and built to a very high standard, fit to go to sea in just about anything. "Legionnaire" is a late example of this classic S&S fin and skeg design with the excellent " SHE" deck and lovely teak joinery throughout. Built to Lloyds Register of Shipping 100A1. Modern yachts are simply not built like this anymore.


South Hants Engineering had a strong reputation for building quality Sparkman & Stephens designed yachts up until the early 1980s.

The She 36 was their flagship model, some 46 of which were produced from 1975-1981. Legionnaire (completed summer 1980) was one of the last ones to be built.

There is a close resemblance to the much admired Swan 38, also a Sparkman & Stephens design from the same period. Although only slightly smaller, the difference still helps to make the She 36 a much easier boat to handle short handed. Also, the She-deck is very effective in grip, looks good and is hardwearing and low maintenance, unlike teak decks of this age.

In the notorious 1979 Fastnet Race, a She 36 (Lorelei) recovered eight crew from the sunken yacht Griffin (ODD 34). The French owner & skipper was awarded the 1979 Yachtsman of the Year award & the Legion d' Honneur (the highest French Civilian Medal for bravery). In the publication “Narrative of a Fastnet Rescue” Alain Catherineau (Lorelei’s owner/skipper) made Introductory reference to Sparkman & Stephens (who designed most of Ted Heath’s Morning Clouds):

“Dominating the sailing world for several decades, their knowledge enabled us to carry out a rescue in difficult wind & sea conditions…. This account, which I dedicate to them is an acknowledgement of my indebtedness”.

There is an abundance of historical information (even including original purchase details/correspondence) that comes with Legionnaire.

Legionnaire has recently been subject to a refurbishment, overseen by a Marine Surveyor, for which a Report has been issued. A fine yacht, she is being sold with a heavy heart by the owner as he has purchased a Bowman 40 (also built to Lloyds 100A1).



BH Boat Sales offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

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