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Starry Night
Sweden Yachts 36
$95,000 USD
36ft 1in

Starry Night is a very special 1985 Sweden Yachts 36. Meticulously equipped and maintained since new, she has been cruised offshore extensively on the east and west coasts of the U.S.

Designed by Peter Norlin and Nils Ostmann, the Sweden 36 features the outstanding sailing qualities of designs of that time. The stern is wider than most boats of that era, enabling good control and speed downwind and room for a spacious aft cabin. The general shape and rig lend themselves to excellent performance to windward and good static stability.

Starry Night’s first owner equipped her with the extremely practical stern arch and sailed her up and down the east coast every winter to the Caribbean. Her current owner has upgraded the yacht in virtually every way, taking no shortcuts. He sailed her up and down the west coast including participating in the Baja Haha.

The interior is in excellent condition for its age, with few scars from the many miles under her keel. The upholstery is in great shape, as are the wood surfaces. The biggest changes from stock are a modern electrical panel and screen, and the port aft berth has been converted into a practical storage area.

Starry Night’s deck layout has been perfected for shorthanded sailing. The headsail furler and mainsheet are led to the helmsman’s position, and the sails themselves are very recent top of the line North Sails from the Portland, Oregon loft.

In short, this is a well sorted out, high quality cruiser. She has been equipped and maintained for serious offshore cruising and wants for nothing.

Interior Accommodations
Starry Night’s interior is accessed via the companionway.  An extra tall Iverson cockpit dodger and seat level bridgedeck allow the companionway to remain open in all but the stormiest weather.  A smoked acrylic slider and removable drop washboard close the companionway.  Teak-colored Treadmaster provides secure footing on 4 ladder steps.  The top two steps hinge up for engine access while the bottom two are mounted on the engine cover.  Integral handholds are on either side of the ladder.Once below, its immediately obvious that this a top-quality yacht. Only a small handful of the world’s builders carefully execute construction to this level.  The interior is crafted from African Mahogany, satin varnished and fully glassed and tabbed hull and deck intersection.  Bent laminations of solid wood trim out partial bulkheads, door openings, countertops (fiddles) and settee ends. Extensive solid Mahogany and Mahogany-faced marine plywood provides a durability and strength; explaining why this boat shows like a much newer vessel than its age.  The overhead is padded white vinyl panels with screwed-in Mahogany longitudinal 1-1/2” wide battens. Oceanaire blinds are fitted to cabin side ports. The overhead forward hatch is fitted with blackout slider Directional reading lights are all LED.  The cabin sole is teak and holy plywood; screwed atop the fiberglass floor grid inside of the furniture (settees, bunks, cabinets) making it fully removable for access to bilges and systems while allowing any rain or seawater to make its way to the bilge instead of sitting and damaging interior joinery.  Cabinet door elbow catches are reached through finger holes with similar finger hole drawer pulls: no protruding latches.  Upholstery is blue ultrasuede and in very good condition.  Grab rails are fitted above the salon settees with other functional handholds incorporated throughout the interior for safe movement underway.Starting forward and entered through a locking privacy door to port of centerline in the main bulkhead is the forward stateroom.   Headroom measures 6’ 1”.  The bunk can be used as an offset double measuring 6’ 6” long x 18” forward x 40” aft or with an infill cushion and board bringing width aft to 6’ 6”.  The fitted spring mattress is very comfortable. A 41” x 25” hinged opening lid below the bunk accesses a huge storage bin; ideal for extra sails and other bulky gear.  The infill board is mounted on chocks in this lid.  A 14” x 20” dressing seat is to port with a 41” long double door hanging locker further aft.  The forward door swings athwartship providing a level of privacy to the forward bunk when others are using the head.   Louvers are incorporated into the cabinet door tops for ventilation.  Five wire slide-out baskets are fitted in the aft half of this locker.  8” wide open shelves run along the hull sides below the deck edge along the V-berth; making use of space high up in the flared bow.Force 10 propane two burner oven

Xintex S1-A propane solenoid control

Sea Frost 12v DC refrigeration system (2016)

Gold Star microwave

New Corian galley countertops, sinks and faucet (2016)

LED Lighting throughout

Bar light above hanging lockers

Bar light in head

Oceanair salon blinds

Large overhead hatch (replaced 2014)

Oceanair bug screen/shade for forward cabin hatch

Samsung TV on salon bulkhead

Dometic electric head with 28 gallon holding tank


Electronics and Navigation
The electronics package has been recently updated, and is geared toward singlehanded sailing. The Raymarine ST6001 autopilot control is paired with an B&G autopilot ram that is immediately accessible in the aft locker, and the control is at the helm. B&G integration is second to none and includes radar, and a multi display at the navigation station.Lopolight LED running lightsAt cockpit:

(2) Bose cockpit speakers

Raymarine ST6001 autopilot control with B&G hydraulic drive

Plastimo Olympic 135 binnacle compass

B&G Zeus 2 radar/chartplotter

B&G multi display

B&G radar antenna on arch

Raymarine ST60 Wind display

Icom HM195B ram mic for VHF radio

At navigation station:

Fusion stereo receiver (2020)

(2) West Marine speakers

B&G multi display

Icom IC-M506 VHF radio (2020)

Ritchie compass at salon table

Weems and Plath clock and barometer

Computer monitor to be used with laptop at nav station

Electrical Systems
The electrical system is completely up to date, both on the AC and DC sides. A new (2018) Firefly Group 31 house battery bank and recent solar panels are highlights.120v AC and 12v DC electrical systemsBlue Seas AC and DC distribution panels30-amp shorepower inlet and 50’ shorepower cord

(5) Firefly Group 31 house batteries (2018)

(1) Firefly Group 31 start battery

Xantrex XM1000 inverter

Sterling Power Procharge Ultra 12v 60amp battery charger with remote panel at nav station (2018)

(3) 90w solar panels on custom aluminum arch with Victron Smartsolar MPPT 100/30 regulator (2018)

12v outlet at cockpit and nav station

120v outlets throughout

Cruising Equipment battery monitor

Mechanical Systems
In 2007 the engine and saildrive were replaced with state-of-the-art Volvo Penta models. Matched recently (2020) with a 3-blade feathering Max Prop, this system is noticeably more powerful than the original setup.Volvo Penta D130 B diesel engine (2007)Volvo Penta S130 saildrive (2007)

Max Prop 3 blade feathering propeller (2020)

Volvo engine control panel with tachometer

Dual Racor 500FG fuel filters

Whale Guzzler manual bilge pump in cockpit

Jefa binnacle with stainless destroyer wheel

Wema fuel and water tank gauges

Tankwatch III holding tank level gauge

Spectra Ventura 200T watermaker (2018)

Isotherm Slim 20l water heater (2016)

Tanks: 50-gallon stainless water tank (new 2012), 60-gallon aluminum fuel tank (new 2020), 28-gallon plastic holding tank



Deck and Hull
In 2014 the deck received a complete overhaul. All teak removed. The teak on the side decks, foredeck and cockpit were all replaced with new. The cabintop was finished in gelcoat. All fittings were removed and rebedded, new hatches installed, and the pedestal steering replaced.Spade anchor with 300’ 5/16 chain (2016)Lofrans Tigress anchor windlass (2016)Bruce spare anchor

Spare nylon anchor rode

Iversen’s Design canvas dodger with window covers

Custom aluminum arch

Stainless boarding ladder

(4) Edson cupholders at binnacle

Cockpit table

Sails and Rigging
New Dacron 3DI cruising main and genoa were delivered from the Portland North Sails loft in 2017. At the same time, a Tides Marine mainsail track was installed. There is also a cruising spinnaker and a carbon fiber spinnaker pole.Selden double spreader anodized mast and anodized aluminum boom1x19 wire standing rigging with Hayn turnbuckles (2012)

Tides Marine Strong Track low friction mainsail track (2017)

Storm trysail track

Profurl headsail furler

Carbon fiber spinnaker pole stored on mast track (2017)

Sailtec hydraulic backstay adjuster (2019)

Selden rigid boom vang (2020)

Best Coast Canvas mainsail cover

Stainless reefing winch

Lewmar 30 self tailing halyard winch on mast

(2) Lewmar 48 primary winches

(2) Lewmar 16 secondary winches

(2) Lewmar 30ST cabin top winches

Spinlock XTS lines stoppers on cabin top

Lazyjacks for mainsail

Adjustable genoa leads

North Sails 3DI dacron mainsail and genoa (2017)

Storm trysail

Spinnaker in sock

Miscellaneous and Safety
West Marine “West 250 Lite” RIB dinghy with oars2hp Honda outboard stored on mount in cockpit lockerViking 6UKCL coastal liferaft (certification expired 5/2020)ACR Satellite2 406 EPIRB (battery expired 7/2012)

Ditch bag with flares and Weems & Plath distress light

Galerider drogue


Name of vessel Starry Night
Model Sweden Yachts 36
Year 1985
Builder Sweden Yachts
Designer Peter Norlin
Price $95,000 USD
Location Seattle
Length (feet) 36
Beam (feet) 12
Draft (feet) 6.6
Displacement (pounds) 14300
Ballast (pounds) 5950
Engine model Volvo Penta D130
Engine horsepower 28
Engine hours
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 60
Water tank capacity (gallons) 50
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 28

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