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Ardfern Yacht Centre

Argyll, Scotland, PA31 8QN
United Kingdom
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Make Rustler
Model 36
Year 1993
Condition Used
Price £67,500
Type Sail
Class Sloop
Length 10.78 m
Fuel Type Diesel
Hull Material Fibreglass
Location Ardfern, By Lochgilphead, Argyll & Bute
Tax Status Tax Paid
LOA 10.78 m
Length at Water Line 8.23 m
Beam 3.35 m
Max Draft 1.76 m
Keel Type enums.keel-type.kt-full
Displacement 7620 kg
Ballast 3556 kg
Total Sail Area 64 sqm
Headsail Area 40 sqm
Mainsail Area 24 sqm
Engine Type Inboard
Engine Make Yanmar
Engine Model 3GM 35F
Engine Year 1992
Power 36 hp
Drive Type Shaft Drive
Propeller Type 3 Blade
Propeller Material Bronze
Designer Holman & Pye
Builder Orion Marine
Fuel Tanks 1 x 150 litres (Stainless Steel)
Fresh Water Tanks 1 x 205 litres
Holding Tanks 1 (Stainless Steel)
Windlass Electric Windlass


The Rustler 36, designed by Holeman & Pye over 20 years ago has carved itself an enviable reputation as an elegant, long keeled offshore cruising yacht. With examples of the design cruising in all parts of the globe the yachts are now sought after by those aspiring to set off on serious offshore adventures.

Penny Blue was the Southampton Boatshow boat for the 1992 show, being commissioned and launched for her first cruising season in 1993. The original owner upgraded the specification of the boat from the standard offered at the time equipping her for transatlantic passages before completing two ARC's as well as extensive cruising of the Caribbean. Since returning to UK waters she has cruised the waters around the southwest, Ireland and Scotland with 2 further owners. Subject to and extensive refit in 2012/13 she is now reluctantly offered for sale due to poor health and includes a comprehensive inventory.

Wintering ashore here at Ardfern.

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Moulded by Cygnus Marine to Lloyd's register specifications the traditional hand laminated hull and deck mouldings are still finished in their original gelcoat.


Finished in the popular Oxford Blue above the waterline with stainless steel protection plat on stem. Below the waterline the boat was epoxy coated as a preventative measure in 2006 by Rustler Yachts. In 2009 Coppercoat antifouling was applied below the waterline and is still active with a white boot finishing above the waterline. Full length traditional style encapsulated keel with 3.5 tons of lead ballast keel, full depth transom mounted, keel hung rudder. 

Deck and Coachroof

When new the decks were of a traditional teak laid deck finish, including the cockpit. During the 2012/13 re-fit the teak decks were removed back to the moulded deck finish beneath before being screeded and epoxied, finished in International Paints non-slip blue deck paint. Works were monitored by a surveyor and a report with photographs is available. At the same time the teak panels in the cockpit were re-furbished and remain in place.


Spars & Rigging

  • Cutter rigged inner forestay, both forestays fitted with Profurl roller reefing gears.
  • Insulated back stay for SSB radio
  • Double telescopic Spinnaker poles with double mast tracks. Pole rigged on ball bearing cars and fitted for stowing on mast when not in use.
  • Permanent Trysail track on aft face of mast. 

Fitted with the standard Rustler specified masthead rigged Selden mast and spars, finished in silver anodised aluminium. All standing rigging of  1X19 stainless steel wire with roll swaged end fittings and stainless steel bottle screws, standing rigging completely replaced in 2003 with the Forestay subsequently replaced again in 2010. Genoa and staysail fitted on Profurl roller reefing systems. Mainsail of slab reefing type with full battens and all halyards and reefing lines lead aft to cockpit. The original owner had the rig upgraded to suit long distance offshore passages, upgrading included


  • Mainsail - Channon Sails 2007. Full battened, 3 slab reefs on Rutgerson compression slides.
  • Roller Reefing Genoa - 2005 150% with foam luff.
  • High Aspect Furling Jib - Channon Sails 2006. Foam luff.
  • #1 furling Jib - Channon Sails 2007. Foam luff.
  • Trysail - Arun Sails, orange (unused)
  • Strom Jib - Arun sails, orange (unused)
  • Multi Purpose Genoa - Hood Sails, light weather reaching sail. (unused)

Canvass Work

  • Sprayhood - Full custom built sprayhood and frame (2007)
  • Cockpit Cover - Full cockpit tent with windows and roll-up side panels (2013)
  • Mainsail Cover

Ground Tackle

  • Main Anchor - 45lb CQR on 50m, 3/8" chain rode. Multibraid anchor warp aboard separately to extend rode if required.
  • Kedge anchor - Fortress lightweight anchor on mixed chain/warp rode.
  • Spare Anchor - CQR type anchor with mixed chain/warp rode, stowed beneath saloon sole.
  • Electric Windlass - Lewmar Anchorman

On Deck

With the original teak decking having been removed and the decks painted the boat is crisp and clean on deck with the blue non-slip paint contrasting nicely against the white coachroof gelcoat. Both the pulpit and pushpit on the boat were custom fabricated to suit the first owners requirements for extended off shore passages. The pushpit cleverly incorporating an overhead gantry providing mountings for all navigational antennas as well as controls for the monitor windvane and an mounting for the towed generator. Stout guard wires run the full length of the boat between the pulpit and pushpit with gates provided port and starboard while a folding boarding ladder is fitted in way of the port gate.

A substantial twin roller stemhead fitting allows storing of the anchor on the bow, the anchor rode being handled by the Lewmar 'Anchorman' electric windlass, chain stowing directly into the chain locker. The anchor windlass was completely overhauled in 2012/13 with a new gearbox and motor fitted.

The foredecks are of a sensible width to allow movement around the boat securely when alongside or at sea with timber grabrails running the full length of the coachroof. Dorade vents on the coachroof are fitted with stainless steel guards.

Protected by the custom fabricated sprayhood and deep coamings the cockpit provides and safe and secure base for crew. The seating and sole are still fitted with the original teak decking. Mainsail reefing lines and halyards are lead aft to either side of the companionway with the reefing lines for the foresails running along the port and starboard side decks allowing all sail handling to be undertaken from the cockpit. The mainsheet runs on a horse across the cockpit and is easily reached by the helmsman. Storage is provided with a large locker to starboard and a self draining gas locker aft. A shorter tiller has been fitted by the current owner however the original full length tiller is still aboard.  

Navigational Equipment

  • Depth Sounder - Raymarine ST70 @ chart table, repeating on plotter display in cockpit.
  • Log - Raymarine ST70 @ chart table, repeating on plotter display in cockpit
  • Wind - Raymarine ST70 @ chart table, repeating on plotter display in cockpit
  • Autopilot - Raymarine tiller pilot type. 2 units aboard, one for use on tiller & one for connection to wind vane self steering gear.
  • VHF - Icom M505 DSC VHF with CommandMic in cockpit.
  • Navtex - Nav6Plus at chart table.
  • GPS - Active antenna on Rayamarine network. Standalone hand held Garmin also aboard.
  • Radar Detector - SeaMe active radar detector system.
  • Compass

General Equipment

  • Battery Charger - Sterling Marine Power 4 step charger
  • Wind Generator - Rutland 913 with HRDX controller (2007)
  • Towed Generator - Ampair Pacific 100W, not used by current owner.
  • Solar Panel - Solara 45W panel mounted on gantry. Connected to HRDX controller.
  • Wind Vane Self Steering - Monitor Wind Vane. All stainless steel construction. System come complete with heavy and lightweight vanes and full service kit.
  • Invertor - Two units aboard. 150w basic unit for phone charger type use. AJ Struder 275W Pure Sine Wave unit. Neither unit hardwired or in use by the current owner.
  • Electric Bilge Pump
  • Manual Bilge Pump
  • Radio - Sony head unit with Fusion marine speakers (2011)
  • Tiller - Additional short version of tiller.
  • Cockpit Cushions - Full fitted set in blue fabric.
  • Cockpit Table - On stow away swiveling mount.
  • Swimming Ladder - Secured on side deck, folds neatly over guard rail.


Below decks the interior is constructed in high quality joinery work using high quality teak faced plywood and solid teak trims. The boat has been upgraded throughout by the first owner for long distance offshore passages with all work surfaces and shelves being edged with deep fiddles. While all lifting sections of the sole boards from bow to stern have been fitted with dogs to lock them in place in the event of a roll over. 

The forecabin provides the traditional twin V-berth configuration of accommodation with an infill to create a good sized double. Both bunks are fitted with 'Naturalmat Airflow' (new 2008) custom made mattresses and are fitted with quilted mattresses protectors; there is a full set of fitted sheets for the bunks. Underbunk slats are fitted to improve the sprung quality of the mattress, both bunks are fitted with lee cloths for use on passage. Storage is provided below the bunks (sail wardrobe is stored within the locker space beneath the bunk to starboard) and in a compact locker /drawer unit to the starboard aft end of the cabin. The large forehatch in the cabin is fitted with a roller blind with fly screen.

The heads compartment aft of the forecabin to port is constructed in white GRP mouldings leaving a very crisp and easily cleaned finish with varnished teak trims. A Jabsco sea toilet is fitted along with hot and cold water faucet in the sink which doubles as a shower. The heads and plumbing was included within the works in the 2012/13 re-fit which saw a new heads fitted and all associated plumbing replaced. Throughout the boat the pressurised hot and cold water plumbing was also replaced. Ample stowage is provided in the vanity unit outboard of the sink and beneath. Opposite the heads a compact hanging locker provides room for hanging foul weather gear etc.

The saloon provides traditional settee style seating with an L-shaped settee to port and a standard bench type settee to starboard; both settees convert to provide well proportioned single bunks with lee cloths fitted to both. The L-shaped settee to port could be made to convert into a double bunk if required. A roll-away pipecot is also fitted to provide an additional berth above the port side settee if required. The practically sized drop leaf saloon table is centrally mounted, large enough to cater for a full compliment of crew yet still allowing access around when leafs are up; stowage is provided within for bottles. Good storage is provided in a selection of lockers outboard and beneath the settees; all opening hatches and lockers are also fitted with inversion safe catches.

At the aft end of the saloon on the port side is a very well proportioned chart table for a yacht of this size. A large surface provides sufficient space for working on paper charts with good storage provided below. The current owner has upgraded the navigational electronics to the current generation of Raymarine instruments and has the system set-up with a wireless network integrating to an I-Pad which has a dedicated mounting space at the chart table. The other instrument displays (SeaMe, Navtex & i70) and ships swith panel are all within easy reach of the navigators seat. Directly aft is one and a half width quarter berth with good locker space below and easy access to the ships batteries etc.

To starboard opposite the chart table the 'U' shaped galley provides a good functional layout for safe use while at sea; all worktops are fitted with 2" brush through fiddles. Fitted with a Taylors 043 gas galley range, fully insulated fridge and stainless steel sink catering for a full crew is easily handled. Having been fitted out for extended cruising the fridge system is an upgrade from the standard and incorporates a high efficient eutectic plate, minimising current usage. The gas system was also upgraded as part of the 2012/13 re-fit with the system re-piped, solenoid replaced and a gas safe certificate issued.

Domestic Equipment

  • Cooker - Taylors 043 gas galley range. 
  • Pressurised Water System - Cold & Hot with engine fed calorifier (2011) with 240V immersion heater. Faucets in galley and heads.
  • Sea Water Pump - Foot operated manual pump at galley sink.
  • Refrigerator - Top loading type under galley work surface. Isotherm 2000 plate and compressor.
  • Heating - Eberspacher diesel fired hot air system. Overhauled by Eberspacher 2010.
  • Heads - Jabsco type marine toilet (2013)
  • Shore Power System - Hardwired system with RCD protection. Ring main, charger & immersion heater. Professionally installed 2013 

Safety Equipment

  • Liferaft - 6 person in cannister (2012)
  • EPIRB - ACR GlobalFix (2008, serviced 2013)
  • Horseshoe buoys - with lights (2013)
  • Radar Reflector


Beneath the companionway steps is a dedicated, fully insulated engine space. The original Yanmar 3GM 35F engine has been professionally maintained throughout its life. Sterngear is of the traditional shaft drive type with and Aquadrive unit fitted. Access to the engine space is good with the complete front panel removable along with access panels from the port quarter berth and cockpit lockers. As part of the 2012/13 refit the engine space was overhauled with the engine removed from the boat. During the overhaul the following works were completed.

  • Top end rebuild of engine including, skimming of head, re-seating of valves, removal and servicing of injectors and pump.
  • Rebuild of the standard Kanzaki gearbox.
  • Replacement of cutlass bearing.
  • Installation of new Mainecraft shaft seal.
  • Installation of Sterling smart charger controller for alternator.

Ships Batteries

  • Domestic Bank - 2 off Red Flash DC31 110Ah, gel mat. (2009)
  • Engine Bank - Solent Marine 105Ah. (2009)

During the 2012/13 refit the 12v wiring circuits aboard the boat were rationalised with a new switchboard fitted at the chart table and all the heavy current wiring re-placed with new. A new hardwired 240V shorepower system was also installed as part of the works.


In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.

This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Presented For Sale By:

Ardfern Yacht Centre

Argyll, Scotland, PA31 8QN
United Kingdom
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