At Annapolis Sailing School our commitment to relaxed, enjoyable sailing is reflected in the sailboats that we use in our classes. More adult beginners have tasted that first thrill of sailing on a Rainbow than on any other boat.
Although the Rainbow can now be considered a classic design, we have not found a boat that works better as a basic trainer. Two important considerations in any training boat are safety and comfort.
Rainbows will heel (tip) but they will not turn over (capsize)! We know from experience that capsizing is the number one fear of adult beginners. The Rainbow’s design makes her uncapsizable. The boat’s simple rig enables everyone to sail while remaining in the cockpit, seated in comfort and well below the boom.
With four adults in the cockpit there is still ample leg room for everyone. The seats are chair height and the high coaming (edge) offers comfortable back support. Visibility is excellent in all directions and the simple, uncomplicated rig means a minimum of clutter and gear in the cockpit. The small cuddy cabin provides excellent protection from wind and spray when the sailing gets really interesting!
Described by her builders as an outstanding mid-size cruiser, the Hunter 36 is all that and more. From her easy handling, but powerful, B&R rig complete with stack pack on the main and roller-furling jib to her wide cockpit with walk-through transom and swim ladder, fresh water shower and stainless steel arch, the 36 is a boat designed to maximize cruising pleasure. Step below, into her cavernous main salon, and enjoy a full galley with double stainless steel sinks, Corian counter tops, a front loading refrigerator, a propane stove with oven, a microwave and more storage space than you can imagine, to make meal preparation a breeze. The layout below features two airy and bright private staterooms as well as convertible berths in the main salon. The fit and finish on all the wood below is equal to what one would find on custom yachts costing much more. A full head with a separate, stand up shower and six and a half feet of standing headroom ensure your comfort, whether you are on board for a two day beginner ’s course or a five day cruising experience.