Cape Horn 36os

The Cape Horn 36os is the excellent big brother of the company’s legendary 31-footers. One look is all it takes to realize mighty oaks grow from acorns and those acorns usually sprout right beside the family tree. The 36os is a boat for fishermen who have a passion for fishing big water and want to do it in comfort and style. And there is a lot of both, plus many built-in features.

Cape Horn is a family-owned business steeped in tradition. After their successful 27- and 31-foot models, there was a call for a larger boat, hence the 36.

The 36os has a modern, deep-V design that reduces drag and increases speed and fuel economy. The ride is typical Cape Horn soft and dry. Construction details are state of the art, using marine composites and no wood. Every hull is pressure-filled with closed cell foam that quiets the ride, adds stiffness to the hull and makes them absolutely unsinkable. That’s a lot of comfort, both physical and mental.

The fishing features begin with an open floor plan with plenty of room for rigging and moving while fighting fish. Two huge livewells are built-in, and the fish box resembles a cave, with 1,400 quarts of capacity. Cape Horn says it will hold a large swordfish. Hopefully you get to put it to the test.

Other features include two built-in, 5-foot storage boxes, a huge console interior with a marine head, a fast-draining cockpit, yacht-grade and oversized stainless-steel hardware so everything works like it should, regardless of sea and weather conditions, tinned wiring to prevent corrosion, stainless-steel touch-to-push waterproof switches, optional bow seating and more.

Cape Horn built the 36os to fish offshore. The deep Vee hull and various power options let you get to and from the fishing grounds quickly and comfortably. The wide beam provides a stable fishing platform. The placement of baitwells, rigging stations and rod holders make fishing flow, while preparing and waiting for the big bite. The Cape Horn 36os is the largest boat in this review and it’s a solid platform for fishermen wanting to head offshore and fish hard. It will take all you can.


Overall length: 36-foot-11

Beam length: 10-foot-6

Dry weight: 7,900 pounds

Maximum horsepower: 1,100

Fuel capacity: 410 gallons

Maximum load: 6,000 pounds

10-year hull warranty, lifetime transom warranty

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