About the Santana 35



The Santana 35 hull is one piece 100% hand laid-up fiberglass, with a ½” balsa core. The core construction yields superior strength and maximum rigidity for its weight. The areas where load may be exerted are reinforced with additional layers of fiberglass. Superior keel strength is accomplished by the installation of rigid floors which are bonded to the hull to carry the load of the keel throughout the hull.

In the Santana 35 all of the through-hull fittings under the waterline are bronze, and are flush mounted with shut-off valves. These fittings have a hardwood block backing them up where they go through the hull.

High gloss gel coat is used on the hull, and all accent stripes are molded in.


The keel is of cast lead with a fiberglass shell around it. Nine keel bolts hold it to the hull. The high aspect ratio offers maximum lift and minimum drag.


The rudder is deep and placed far aft for maximum control. It is constructed with a very large steel backbone and 2 3/8 OD stainless steel shaft. The surface of the rudder is fiberglass with a core of high density foam.


The deck is 100% hand laid-up fiberglass with a balsa wood core to give the lightest possible structure. Marine plywood and additional layers of fiberglass are used to reinforce areas where the deck hardware is placed.

The deck is a design masterpiece. The low cabin sides and deck width facilitate ease of movement both for sail handling and sun bathing. A largeforward hatch is flush mounted, and flows into the cabin. The hatch is tinted plexiglass to help illuminate the head area.

The six port lights are also tinted plexiglass, and flush mounted into the side of the low profile trunk cabin.

The layout of the extremely large cockpit offers an exceptional blend of racing and cruising needs. There are winching platforms like those used on many racing one tons on both sides of the cockpit. Aft of the platforms are conventional bench seats which are comfortable for racing maneuvers as well as for cruising. The cockpit seats are over seven feet long, and there are two seat hatches, one on each side, that provide access to large storage lockers.

An attractive non-skid pattern covers the deck, the cockpit sole, and the top of the cockpit seats.

There is a sea hood that covers the main sliding hatch, which compliments the sculptured lines of the deck.

The winching platform is a very unique extension of the cockpit and cockpit coaming. The winches are well inboard so cross sheeting can be accomplished with ease. The winches are at waist height making winching easy.


At the bow is a stainless steel stem fitting with hooks that can tack two headsails at one time. An aluminum toe rail is used to help join the hull and deck together. The toe rail has holes every few inches to accommodate the boom vang, any size headsail, etc. The roller bearing type mainsheet traveler is mounted in the cockpit. It is set in a trough no higher than the top of the cockpit seats. Lifeline stanchions, double lifelines, and bow and stern pulpits are also part of the deck equipment in addition to the mooring cleats and other essential hardware.


The tall fractional rig teatures a tn-halyard sheave box system for increased headsail handling efficiency. All halyards are internal and are led aft.

The mast is tapered and this together with the single spreader rig reduces windage and weight aloft. The mast and boom are aluminum with all stainless steel or aluminum hardware. Stainless steel standing and running rigging is used throughout, with dacron tails where applicable.


The Santana 35 is powered by the VOLVO PENTA MD7A, 13 HP, 2 cylinder, 4 stroke marine diesel engine with direct injection. The cooling system is thermostatically controlled seawater cooling. The reverse reduction gear is water cooled.

The fuel system consists of an injection pump with a hydraulic governor for accurate speed regulation. The engine has an automatic cold starting system.

The 12 volt electrical system with complete instrument panel is provided. The panel has a key switch and warning lamps for battery charging, water temperature, and oil pressure, plus 2 extra switches.

The engine with MS. gear 1.91:1 weighs 385 pounds. With this engine you get smooth, quiet dependability, safety, and economy in fuel consumption.


The head compartment spans the width of the boat making it very spacious. A manually operated marine-type head with a holding tank is standard. A stainless steel sink is set in the formica counter top with a water pump mounted on the counter.


The main cabin of the Santana 35 incorporates the blend of a racer and a cruiser. The teak trimmed interior is set up on a white fiberglass sole and bunk structure. There are pilot and settee berths both port and starboard, all over 6′ in length. The teak cabin sole lends a look of elegance, durability, and a natural non-skid surface.

Easy access to the keel bolts and bilge is through the floor board in the teak sole.

The warmth of the main cabin is further enhanced by a full vinyl headliner that has zippers to allow access to the underside of the deck.

The main cabin is abundant with storage. There are compartments under the settee berths, behind the back rests, and under the pilot berths. A choice of attractive decorator fabrics for the cushions and backrests completes the setting.


Forward of the head is a storage locker. The raised cabin sole goes forward to the chain locker bulkhead. It is a most unique layout creating a full sized sail locker in a 35 foot sailboat.


Twenty gallons of fuel can be carried to provide 35 to 40 hours of cruising time. A 20 gallon water tank is also included. Both are deck filled.


A heavy gauge 12 volt ship’s electrical system is provided along with a heavy duty 1 2 volt battery. A master electrical control panel with an explosion proof switch is conveniently located near the companion way. Navigation lights are also provided.


The galley is on the portside. The counter is formica with two burner stove, stainless steel sink and icebox lid all set in. There is a large amount of storage in locker above the counter top and drawers and locker space below.

A flush mounted deck port light will put light directly on the countertop.


The navigator’s station is located on the starboard side opposite the galley. It is a sit-down station complete with a chart table, ample storage, and shelving for the necessary equipment and instrumentation. It is illuminated by a flush-mounted port light as well as by electrical lighting. A flush mounted deck port light provides overhead illumination for the chart table.


The quarter berths in the Santana 35 qualify as full double berths. They are extra long and extra wide, and are easily accessible from the main cabin.


Three generations removed from the basic Santana 20 hull form, the Santana 35 incorporates much less relative beam throughout. This straighter, narrower shape will provide increased penetration to weather while the wider, flatter stern will enhance reaching and surfing ability. At approximately 8000 lbs. exfactory she operates at about the same disp./lnth. ratio as both the Santana 20 and 525.

The sail plan is generous as to produce power ratios which are empirically “off the scale,” while stability is normal for a boat of this size and purpose. The rig is of the semi-bendy offshore type, with rigid swept spreaders and aft lowers.

Conceived around a racing crew of 6-7, the arrangement plan is direct and efficient with galley and chart area at the pitch center, two convertible doubles aft and four berths amidship. The forward area is utilized as a head with basin, hanging lockers and sail storage. There is additional sail/gear storage aft and a variety of lockers throughout.

Considerable attention has been paid to deck design. The cockpit sole is over 10 ft. long and primary winches are inboard on islands which not only ofter room for tailer and grinder but allow the selection of any winch via the foot blocks at the travelers ends. The rail incorporates hiking ramps over the toe rail for extended comfort. Windows and hatches are flush mounted plexiglass.

As a production yacht, the Santana 35 presently should do a number on many flat out custom racers.


LOA 35’0″
LWL 26’6″
Beam 11’11”
Draft 6’3″
Displacement 8500 lbs.
Ballast 3300 lbs.
Ballast-to-displacement ratio 38%
Sail Area 100%
FA 550 sq. ft.
Water capacity 20 gal.
Fuel capacity 20 gal.
Head room 6’2″

Sail Plan:
I 39′
P 42′
E 14.25′
J 12.85′


Basic Santana 35 Layout

Basic Santana 35 Layout

Santana 35 photo from original WD Schock sales brochure

Santana 35 photo from original WD Schock sales brochure

Santana 35 interior photo from original WD Schock sales brochure

Santana 35 interior photo from original WD Schock sales brochure


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  2. I own a Santana 35 Am having a problem with water coming down inside the mast any ideas

    • Have you replaced the mast boot? Also we apply a bead of 5200 in an arch just above the halyard and lifting line ports in the mast. This provides a path for water that keeps it mostly out of the interior mast. One lat item we had a mainsail cover crafted by kerrsaila that is taller and provides better covering.

      • What exactly do you mean “apply a bead of 5200 in an arch just above the halyard and listing line ports in mast”.

    • I have same problem. 5 halyard exit plates are missing at bottom of mast. I duct taped slots and that helped immensely. No sure how to replace the exit plates or find them.

  3. I have the same problem. Otherwise boat is tight. Would love to stop water coming inside mast. Also have iron keelbolts that are pretty corroded. Any ideas on a fix.

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