36/600 Class

Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson with #51

Class Secretary
Dean Johnson
15978 W Jenan Dr
Surprise, AZ 85379
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AMYA 36/600 Class Description

The 36/600 is one of the largest classes certified by AMYA, with nearly 1500 boats registered since its introduction in 1971. Some of the contributing factors for the 36/600's national popularity is that they are economical to build, easily transported, and a genuine pleasure to sail.

The 36/600 is a developmental class, so there are very few restrictions beyond the thirty-six inch hull length and six hundred square inches of sail area. The class specifications are so worded to encourage the designers and builders to fully utilize their imaginations. Design diversity for 36/600 hulls is quite broad. For example, beams range from a narrow five inches to over eight inches. Sail aspects range from forty-five inch luffs to over sixty inch luffs. The weight of a 36/600 can vary from under five pounds to over eight pounds. Though there is usually a commonality of boats sailed by a club, it isn't unusual to have most of the boats quite different in design. This gives a skipper the option of exercising their judgment of which design is best for the the prevailing conditions at their sailing venue.

The sailing characteristics of the 36/600 are well suited for both the experienced skippers and the beginner. For a novice skipper, the 36/600's size and simplicity makes understanding the boat and what makes it go quite easy. For the veteran skipper, the quick response and "on the edge" speed makes the 36/600 an ideal choice for competitive sailing.

AMYA 36/600 Class Rules

(Validated July 2000)

  • HULL
    1. Length - Maximum hull of 36 inches.
    2. Prohibited
      1. Movable keels
      2. Center boards, lee boards, bilge boards
      3. Bowsprits
      4. Overhanging rudder
      5. Movable or shifting ballast
      6. Outriggers, pontoons
      7. Twin hulls, tunnel hulls
      8. Changing rudder, or keel weight during a series of races
        1. Rudder may be changed if there is undisputable damage only -- (1988)
  • SAIL
    1. SAIL AREA
      1. Maximum of 600 square inches -- (AMYA formula)
      2. Roach limit 2 12 inches, main and jib -- (1982)
    2. SPINNAKERS - Allowed and unmeasured, provided spinnaker is independent of all other sails.
    1. Sail designations are to be placed in the upper third of the mainsail. Numbers are to be no less than one inch in height.
    2. Sail designations will be the number 36 with a bar under it, and the registration number placed below the bar.
    1. Numbers must be no less than a minimum of three (3) inches overall.