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Brief Summary

The Polish boatyard of Bravo Yachts has been building boats for 20 years and is now entering the U.S. with a 36' (10.97 m) express that is highly customizable. At last month's Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show the company unveiled its new B36 yacht, the first in a planned series of vessels that promise to give boat buyers an attractive alternative to current boats on the market. This boat should have appeal to those who are looking for something different or who would like to customize in a size range where such a thing rarely occurs.

Key Features

  • Fully customizable cockpit
  • Esthec Syntehtic decking
  • Two separate sleeping areas for 4 adults
  • Volvo Penta/Garmin glass cockpit system 12'' with chartplotter
  • Smartlock system
  • Fusion Marine sound system
  • Swim ladder
  • Transom shower
  • Refrigerator
  • Vacuflush toilet


Length Overall 36’ 4'' / 11.07 m
Beam 9′ 10''
3 m
Dry Weight 10,802 lbs.
4,900 kg
Draft 35''
89 cm
Deadrise/Transom 17-deg.
Max Headroom open
Bridge Clearance 9′ 9''
2.97 m
Fuel Capacity 104 gal.
393 L
Water Capacity 50 gal.
190 L

Engine Options

Tested Engine Currently no test numbers
Std. Power 2 x 400-hp Volvo Penta D6
Opt. Power 2 x 440-hp Volvo Penta D3-220
2 x 440-hp Volvo Penta D3-220 with Joystick

Captain's Report

Bravo Yachts B36 bow

The Bravo Yachts B36 has a beam of 9'10" (3 m) which seems narrow until one considers that most production builders create a lot of bow flare and then do everything possible to minimize waterline beam in order to improve performance. As a result, the beam waterline of the B36 is not so different from most boats in class.

Mission of the Bravo B36

The concept is for the boat to be used for any number of missions -- entertaining, sunning and watersports, sight-seeing, long-weekend cruising, on-water picnics, and even fishing. The company wants to offer consumers a "fresh approach to boating."
Several aspects of the B36 set her far apart from existing vessels in class, the most prominent being the customizable aspect of the cockpit from the helm to the transom -- an area that is nearly 13' (3.96 m) long by over 7' (2.13 m) wide. Here, an owner can turn the boat into virtually anything imaginable.

Bravo Yachts B36 cockpit

The length of the cockpit that can be modified measures nearly 13’ fore and aft and is over 7' wide. This photo is of the B36 prototype.

Bravo Yachts B36 running shot

This image of the B36 shows her being powered by twin Volvo Penta sterndrives at a slow speed where she makes quite a wake, something that people involved in wakeboarding will appreciate. The wake flattens out on full plane.

Possible Configurations

Bravo Yachts' credo is that "Imagination lives in every one of us…let us turn that into a reality". For openers, Bravo suggests some possibilities:
1) an "open" boat much like the prototype seen in the images on this page;
2) a "hardtop: version; and,
3) a "fishing" version.

Bravo Yachts B36 stern gate

The prototype has a fairly wide stern gate but it can be made wider, or eliminated, depending on the customer's needs.

Bravo Yachts B36 stainless steel hardware

We like the stainless steel hardware concealing the stern ladder in the lip of the swim platform.

Bravo Yachts B36 swim platform

The swim platform extends over 3' (0.91 m) from the transom which makes it large enough to be a comfortable "teak beach" or a good platform from which to launch all sorts of watersports activities. Note that the platform extends beyond the running gear, something we like to see on any boat.

Other Ideas.

We can think of a few other possible configurations for the B36:
1) "Tender" for a megayacht;
2) Fully-enclosed "island commuter" with loads of seating;
3) "Cruising yacht" with wrap-around seating in the cockpit and a closed pilothouse;
4) "Coupe" with large sun pad aft for beach-side picnics.
5) "Cabin cruiser" for river and canal exploration with convertible accommodations on deck.
6) An "eco-friendly vessel" that relies heavily on solar panels and efficient propulsion.
7) "Dive boat" with side doors or expanded transom access.
8) "Sportboat" on steroids designed for towing watersports for a large crowd. Wakeboarders will love the sizeable wake at slow speeds thanks to the boat's 10,802 lb. (4,900 kgs.) displacement.
Of course, this is only the beginning of possibilities for the B36. Because boaters all have different applications, this boat's cockpit can be configured to suit.

Bravo Yachts B36 floor plans

The Bravo Yachts B36 measures 36'4" (11.07 m) LOA and 32'6" (9.91 m) on deck. Her beam is 9'10" (3 m). She draws 35" (89 cm) with her drive down. Her air draft is 9'9" (2.97 m).

Bravo Yachts B36 prototype

The B36 prototype as seen from the dock at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Bravo Yachts B36 helm console

The B36’s helm console.

Bravo Yachts B36 mood lighting

Here we can see the indirect mood lighting aboard the prototype.

Aluminum Construction

The reason that traditional fiberglass boat builders cannot easily -- and cost-efficiently -- make modifications to existing boats is because of the expense of making new, one-off tooling. Making molds that might only be used once is cost-prohibitive and even making one-off fiberglass structures is labor intensive from design, engineering, and construction standpoints.
Further, production boat builders get their cost-efficiencies from just that -- production. Engaging in serious modifications on one unit after another would only lead to economic disaster or extremely high prices that few people would want to pay for most production boat builders in this size range.

The Customized Solution.

There is a reason that most large megayachts are built in aluminum, and that is the relative ease and cost-efficiency of working with the material for one-off construction. Likewise, Bravo Yachts can fabricate the customized topside structures in aluminum as the standard fiberglass hull and accommodations are being laminated and built.
By the time the hull is made and the engine and systems are installed, the aluminum structures for the cockpit area will be ready for installation. In this way, final assembly of the customized B36 can come together at roughly the same time. Obviously, timing is all a matter of the man-hours put into each side of the project.
All aluminum structures are faired with the appropriate compounds then powder-coat. The finished product should look every bit as smooth and professional as fiberglass construction.

Bravo Yachts B36 galley

The B36 prototype had a rather long galley in the cockpit with a grill, an electric stovetop, and a large, deep sink forward -- all embedded in Corian. Note how the removable covers create a lot of counter space to serve as a wet bar or for food prep. Refrigerator and freezer drawers can be seen under the counter. Like everything else in the cockpit, the counter color is optional.

Bravo Yachts B36 upholstery

The upholstery material seen here was elegant, soft to the touch and top quality. Note that the table drops down to form the foundation for a large sun pad play pen.

Customization Takes Many Forms

On the B36 customization is not limited to the layout and aluminum structures. In fact, all materials and details of the cockpit design are up to the customer, working with Bravo personnel. For example, the prototype had blue, mood lighting in the cockpit. Translucent Corian counter tops can be used with exotic lighting underneath, as seen in chic bars and night clubs. Solar panels can be installed on the radar arch or on a hardtop to keep appliances running when the owner is not running the boat.

Propulsion Options.

The prototype we saw was powered by 400-hp Volvo Penta D4 diesels driving a DuoProp sterndrives. This power and drive combination is designed for maximum vessel versatility running both fast or at moderate speeds. A single diesel installation will be more fuel-efficiency at best cruise with a reasonable WOT speed, given the horsepower. That is a typical mission for boats built for the European market where diesel fuel is currently selling for as much as $8.00 per U.S. gallon.
An advantage of having twins is the option for joystick control. Of course, a single-engine B36 can also be fitted with a bow thruster which will do just as well for docking and be a lot less expensive.

Bravo Yachts B36 below decks

Below decks looking forward. Note the indirect lighting under the outboard lockers.

Bravo Yachts B36 aft companionway

Looking aft toward the companionway. The head compartment is at right and the electrical panel is on the aft bulkhead.

Bravo Yachts B36 head door

Portly gentlemen will appreciate the wide opening for the head's sliding door.

Bravo Yachts B36 corian counter

The head's Corian counter is one piece and includes the wash basin.

Bravo Yachts B36 shower

We particularly like the separate shower stall with bench, something not usually found in a boat of this size.

Top Quality is Job #1

While Bravo Yachts is introducing a new boat, it is an experienced boat builder and knows that the only way to build customizable boats is with the highest-quality materials and best practices in construction. During our inspection of the B36 prototype at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show we noted that the upholstery materials were actually higher quality than what we normally see on the best-built yachts in class.
For example, carbon fiber is used in the stem of the boat. The sound-deadening regimen and materials used in the engine room were twice as much as what we normally see. The electrical wiring was installed with the same precision and care that is used in the aircraft industry and is what we expect to see in only the best-built yachts.

Bravo Yachts B36 profile

The canoe bow and angular lines of the B36 gives the boat a distinctive look which will set this boat apart from others on the water.

Bravo Yachts B36 teak deck

The B36 prototype had a teak deck and two foredeck hatches which opened aft.


Obviously the price of a customized boat will depend on what is being done to her and what equipment is installed. We are told by the folks at Bravo Yachts that prospective customers for the B36 should be told that prices will generally run from $349,000 to about $449,000, depending on the project.