L.O.A.: 35' 1" (10.69 m)
L.W.L.: 26' 9" (8.15 m)
Beam: 11' 5" (3.48 m)
Draft: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Displ: 15,000 lbs (6804 kg.)
Ballast: 5500 lbs. (2495 kg.)
Sail area: 598 sq. ft. (55.55 m²)
Berths: 5 to 6
Rating (PHRF-LO) : 165
Price range: $80,000 to $125,000
(the models older cabin layout tend to sell in low range)
Many people believe that Mark Ellis (of Nonsuch fame) came very close to setting the standard for the ideal cruising boat in the 35 foot range with the design for the Niagara 35. It seems to have struck a good balance between the requirements for livability and a no-nonsense cruising boat. This, along with its length of 35 feet, means the Niagara 35 is the kind of boat which starts to attract the attention of people who plan to live aborad for extended periods of time. The boat was originally built with a somewhat unique interior which featured two cabins, but did away with ubiquitous v-berth. However, in response to demand, Hinterhoeller built later boats with a v-berth and a more traditional cabin plan (the "Encore" version). These boats tend to sell for considerably more than those with the original cabin layout.
Anyone looking at the Niagara should be aware that these boats were built with balsa wood cored fiberglass hulls. This makes for a very stiff hull with some degree of insulation and sound proofing. However, like decks which are cored with balsa wood, it is important to make sure the core material in the hull is intact and has not become wet. Also, some of old Niagara 35s came with diesels fitted on a saildrive unit. These bear close scrutiny.
by Michael McGoldrick.
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