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The very versatile design of the aft bench seat allows it to take several positions including an aft-facing sun lounge or a bench seat around the dining table.

Overall, the GT 36 is an express hard
top design with a massive sliding electric
sunroof, lots of side glass and an open
cockpit lounge space leading to a huge
swim platform. The versatile sun pad
convertible seat is a highlight of this outdoor living area.
Also available in an outboard version,
our test boat had inboards; twin
MerCruiser 6.2 litre sterndrives with
300 hp V8 engines and Bravo Three
drives. The test boat also included a
Westerbeke 7.5 kW generator that runs
on gasoline as do the MerCruiser
engines, so you don't need to keep two
different fuel types. Not only were the
engines all quite accessible when we
lifted the aft seat, but so were the
batteries and other mechanical systems.

cockPit lounge
At the stern is the cockpit lounge
accessed through a starboard side walkthrough from the swim platform and an
outdoor galley on the starboard side
includes a sink, pressure water, Kenyon
electric grill, Isotherm refrigerator and a
locker that is home to a pair of roll out
bins for garbage and recycle. A transom
shower is included and the shore power
and breakers are conveniently located at
the stern as well.
LED overhead and floor lighting provides safety and an elegant atmosphere
in the evenings.
The GT 36 is really designed around
outdoor living and activities. The versatile seating includes the L-shaped
bench with a convertible seat back that
folds forward to create a large sun pad.
Underneath that is a big storage bin and
there is more space accessible from both
the back and side.
There was no canvas on the test boat,
but Beneteau points out that you really
don't need it. All the equipment onboard
locks up and has been designed to
simply stay out in the weather, so you

don't need to fiddle with canvas. Beneteau uses the same materials in both
their sail and power vessels right up to
60 feet and those materials are fitted to
vessels destined for the Caribbean
charter fleets. Everything is made to
really stand up to heavy use.
I think many people will want to put
varnish on the lovely teak table however,
so you might want to get a little cover
made for that. The table flips open for
increased dining space, or folds out of
the way, revealing some extra drink
holders in the smaller configuration.
bow accoMModationS
A clever design element is the recessed
sun pad in the bow. The GT 36 has a
flared bow shape for greater area and
higher sides as well. This gives the bow
a comfortable and secure feeling, even
when running and you can get a shade
for the bow increasing the versatility of
this living space.
The test boat had a split bow rail with
a great seat at the peak. Lifelines with
Pelican clips attach to the waist-weight
welded bow rails. There is an impres-

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Special Feature: Seven Newbies from the 2019 US Sailboat Show in Annapolis
Special Feature: METS Trade Show – Latest New Products from Around The World
Travel Destination: Belize – Sailing Solitude
At the Helm: Looking ahead to a great summer in 2020!
Power Review: Neptunus 750 Flybridge
Sail Review: Beneteau First Yacht 53
Power Review: Gran Turismo 36
Sail Review: Excess 12 and Excess 15
Power Review: NC 895 Sport
Power Review: Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The Port Hole: February 2020
Book Review: Ready to Come About
Crossing The Line: Last Crossing to Havana
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