York 36 Express

The York 36 Express is built for speed, stability and the high seas.

In this age of political correctness, we may want to call the York 36 Express an “alfresco-lunching boat”. Not to worry, though. While this craft is certainly suitable for sipping tea and munching biscuits, a closer look reveals a hull and superstructure more at home with a down-and-dirty bucket of ribs. One current owner uses his York 36 Express for year-round commuting in New England’s waters-a true test of her grit, without a doubt.

What you can’t see in the photo is what lies below the waterline: a hull built for speed, stability and the high seas, according to designer Mark Fitzgerald. The hull bottom, which has double chines and lifting strakes aft, flows into a rounded forward section. Entry should be smooth, the running angle level and the ride dry. While the first two hulls were jet-driven, hull number three has conventional running gear. Fitzgerald said that was the setup the builder intended all along.

The beauty of working with York Marine is that customers should get just what they’re looking for, since a tweak here and there is all in a day’s work for the yard.


The pilothouse, with its tall profile and near-level trunk, has a big-boat feel and is designed to shake off green water when the sea turns nasty. The main bulkhead is far forward, enabling the builder to provide a 16-foot single-level cockpit perfect for cruising.

Power options include a single 480 hp Volvo 74P or twin 440 hp Yanmar diesels. Cruising speeds will vary, but you can expect to reach about 26 knots with the single-engine option, according to the builder. The 36 has a ZF transmission and either a Hamilton water jet or Aquadrive shafts.

The deckhouse arrangement depends on your choice of single or twin engines. Twin helm and companion seats are included in both layouts, and if you opt for the twin-engine package, the settee will be replaced by a cockpit banquette.


The galley has Corian countertops and a teak-and-holly sole, and a propane stove is standard. The microwave and refrigerator run through a 12-volt DC inverter.

The manufacturer has devoted special attention to keeping the vessel quiet, as seen in the custom Soundown muffler and Nida-Core insulation in the cockpit deck. A Vetus electric bowthruster is standard. All mechanical and electrical systems meet or exceed ABYC recommendations. York Marine uses Awlgrip paint on the hull and deck, and an Awlgrip Grip-tex nonslip system on the deck.

There is no substitute for quality, and with its 36 Express, York seems to have spared little expense.


Contact: York Marine, Inc., (207) 596-7400.


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