1983, Union 36

Union 361983

74900.00Hampstead, NC

Immaculate Offshore Cruiser

  • Year: 1983
  • Length: 36'
  • Price: 74900.00
  • Located in Hampstead, NC
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
  • YW# 3846332

Karen Marie is the definition of Bristol Condition. Her bright work is meticulous. Her lines are classic. She has received unlimited love and care from her owners of 30+ years. She needs to go to a home that will love her just as much. If you would like to learn more about her or take a tour, please reach out. Virtual tours are also available.


Keel: Full Keel


length Overall: 35.58 ft
Length Waterline: 32.00 ft
Displacement Measure: 22000.00 lb
Beam Measure: 11.33 ft


Engine Brand:Perkins
Year Built: 1983
Engine Model:4108
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: diesel
Engine Power:50|horsepower


Fresh Water Tanks:(0 Gallons)
Fuel Tanks: (0 Gallons)


Number of double berths: 2
Number of cabins: 1
Number of heads: 1

The Boat


The Union 36 Karen Marie is a sailing cutter designed by Bob Perry that was built in Taipei Taiwan at the Union Yacht yard in 1983.  The first owner purchased her on September 26, 1983 where it first entered the water in Port Clinton, Ohio in the spring of  1984.  The original owner was a retired Ford Motor Company executive and mechanical engineer.  While he owned the boat he sailed her mostly on Lake Huron during the summer months (May 15th through September 7th).  He had her out of the water during the winter; covered.

                The current owners purchased the boat in November, 1987 and it was shipped to Muskegon, Michigan where she was splashed in May, 1988 at Torrensen Marine Boat Yard.  The plan was to take a two year sabbatical in 1989 to the Bahama Islands, then return to the states and relocate in the south somewhere.  They ended up in Wilmington, NC and after purchasing a wet slip at Harbour Village Marina in Hampstead, North Carolina, used the boat very little for weekend sailing whenever they could.

                They have owned the boat for 30 plus years.  During this time the boat was used lightly.  She sat out of the water for over seven years, with her mast down.  Regular maintenance along with upgrades was conducted during this time.

                Some of the upgrades and equipment details to the boat are as follows; starting with the outside of the boat stem to stern, then inside the boat forward through the aft area.  Finally this is followed with below the waterline from stem to stern.

Practical sailor owned one of these boats for testing purposes for a number of years and gives it a favorable review on January 19, 2010.  The review can be read on Practicalsailor.com, Union 36 review.



BOWSPRIT –was removed in 2018 for inspection and sanded down to wood.  It is made of solid teak.  I put three coats of West System clear epoxy on it. Followed by three coats of Interlux two-part Perfection (polyurethane).  After 30+ years, the teak wood was perfect.

WINDLASS – this is the traditional Simpson Laurence manual windlass.  This has been repacked with marine grease.  It was repainted after using aluminum etching paint primer for the initial coat.  The windlass platform has been reconstructed with a thick aluminum plate sitting on custom starboard composite  and teak platform.  These are anchored down with large stainless steel bolts.  A thick stainless steel backing plate inside the chain/rope locker ties everything together.

BRONZE HAUS PIPES – A second (port) haus pipe was added and both mounted on starboard composite plates anchored to the deck.

TEAK DECK – the original screw down teak deck was removed and in keeping with the West System instructions, a new 3/8” teak deck was laid.  All screw holes were opened up saturated with epoxy,  left to dry out for six months, then resurfaced with epoxy without any screws.  This was completed in 2008.

DECK BOX – sits forward on deck.  Since owning the boat, the deck box has been rebuilt with teak.  The inside has three coats of epoxy and is set up to carry a spare 10 gallon propane tank or whatever.

OUTSIDE CABIN AREA – this area has been painted with two part epoxy Interlux white paint.

MAST FOOT BOARDS – all have been replaced and left natural for traction while working close to the mast

DORADES – all four have been re-chromed.

MAST/MAST BOOM AND STAYSAIL BOOM – the mast is deck stepped and all spars are aluminum.  Kemp spars was purchased by Selden Company located in North Charleston, South Carolina.  The mast was fitted with a “Strong Track” system from Tide Marine.  This system required a sail maker altering the main sail with batten slide receptacles.  The system helps to hoist and lower the mainsail.  The main is full battened and is original along with the staysail and jib for a total of 712.6 square feet of sail.  All are in good shape.  New sail covers adorn the staysail and mainsail.  The mast is stepped on deck and measured at 45 feet long.

LIFELINES – all lifelines and hardware (turnbuckles) have been replaced.

RIGGING – 2016 ALL STANDING RIGGING WAS REPLACED WITH STAINLESS STEEL FROM Secor Company in Largo, Florida.  The turnbuckles however are all original Swedish stainless steel from the former Hasselforth Company in Sweden.  This company was earlier purchased by Selden Company in the United States, (North Charleston, South Carolina). Although we wanted to maintain the traditional look of the boat, the original main sheet system was replaced with a new US made Harken traveler.

HALYARDS AND SHEETS – all have been replaced and look new.

NAME BAORDS;  Teak port and starboard name boards have been added.

TEAK BLOCKS – were recently rebuilt with new teak cheeks.

JIB TRACK – removed, cleaned up and brand new (10”) ten inch stainless steel screws installed.

FORWARD HATCH AND BUTTERFLY HATCH – acrylic replaced and re-bedded. Custom covers for both.

JIB SHEET WINCHES – re-chromed and re-bedded in 2017.

COCKPIT HATCH COVER – has been refurbished, the old teak ply replaced with new epoxy coated marine plywood, covered with teak wood slats.

COCKPIT AREA – aside from all the horizontal teak deck slats being replaced with the West System; all the vertical teak slats were replaced using the West System.  The helmsman seat was also rebuilt.  The teak binnacle houses a Heritage Skylight brass compass (replacement cost is $3,500.00). Standard & Horizon depth and speed indicators are to port.

COCKPIT BILGE PUMP – as one opens the cockpit hatch a Whale Gusher 10 Mark III hand pump is installed.  This pump was rebuilt.

TRADITIONAL SPOKE STEERING WHEEL – made of teak and varnish, sits behind the binnacle.

WORM STEERING – the old worm steering was removed and replaced with an Edson (made in the USA) worm steering for better performance.

PROPANE BOX – (for a 10 pound horizontal tank), sits behind the helm seat.  This is a custom teak made box.  It has a custom cover.

AFT CHAIN LOCKER – rebuilt for easy inside access.  This sits starboard with hauspipe on deck just aft the helm seat.

FLAG MOUNT:  Along with teak flag pole.

DINGHY MOTOR MOUNT – custom made with teak and starboard composite; sits on the stern pulpit.



CHAIN LOCKER – the chain locker has been cleaned and painted on the inside.  A removable plywood divider was made and has three coats of epoxy on it.  This keeps the rope and/or chain divided inside the locker.  It is easily removable for cleaning.  The divider keeps the rode from tangling when entering or exiting either port or starboard haus pipe.  This platform also sits off the floor of the chain locker for drainage purposes.

HOLDING TANK – below the double birth sits the holding tank.  The original fiberglass holding tank was never used by us or the former owner.  It was cut open for additional storage.  This was replaced with a flexible Vetus holding tank (55L or 15 gallon capacity).  The owners carried a portable camping toilet which was used religiously.  Let your conscience be your guide on this.  The pump-out fitting is on deck to starboard.  The Vetus holding tank has never been used.

FORWARD DOUBLE BIRTH AREA – has teak storage on both sides of the cabin and a new vinyl overhead with teak trim.

HEAD SEACOCKS – sea water, waste and the Y valve are under the double birth.  In order to maintain the seacocks, a cut out below the double birth was made, making it easier to access these seacocks.  The opening is hidden by a custom made two-step, teak cover.

WET LOCKER – to starboard has been repainted inside along with a new overhead.  Inside the locker to the left is mounted a pump for An inflatable dingy.  Stored inside this locker is a large manual “Edson Bone Dry Emergency Pump” (replacement cost $1,000.00).

HEAD – to the port, the head area the overhead with teak trim along with a large custom mirror was replaces in 2017.  A Raritan Par II toilet with teak seat cover was installed with new faucets.  A new vented loop was also installed along with a newer shower assembly.  It should be mentioned the shower area has never been used with by the former owner, or our family. (We used a Sun Shower in the outside cockpit) thus keeping this area free from dampness. 

PILOT BIRTH – is to the starboard.  It has a new vinyl overhead with teak trim.  Below it there is a pull out wide bench seat that pulls out adjacent the settee table.  There is storage below the pilot birth, below the settee cushions and the pullout.

MAIN CABIN – the overhead has been replaced with vinyl covering and trimmed in teak finish.  All the thru bolts have custom teak finished covers. 

SHROUD COVERS:  Custom teak colored shroud covers were made making it easy to inspect the shroud plates.

COMPRESSION POST – I have never had a problem with the post.  The base footing was always kept clean, painted and dry.  Inside the cabin, the stainless steel post was wrapped in hard wood, stained teak giving the cabin a warm feeling.  A custom enclosure was made for easy access to electrical connections leading from the base of the mast to inside the boat.

SETTEE – a custom table was made from the original teak deck, however the original table is still available with the boat.  The original drops down if needed to convert to a double birth.  This large settee birth cushion has been discarded due to taking up too much room when not in use.   We never used it.  There is storage under the settee and behind it.

GENERAL CABIN LOCKER – to the starboard next to the navigation table had very little shelf space, so a three drawer pull out was made to fit this space wherein the contents are more orderly.

NAVIGATION TABLE – sits to starboard with two large chart drawers plus storage under the table.

BATTERY CHARGER – a Xantrex 20A battery charger was installed in the storage space below the navigation table in 2019.

QUARTER BIRTH – is aft to starboard with plenty of cupboard space along the side.  In order to maintain the starboard cockpit seacock a cubby hatch opening with cover was made for easy access behind the quarter birth.  There is storage under this birth.

LIGHTING:  The boat has adequate DC lighting when not plugged into shore power, plus cabin oil lamps give out a warm glow.  A trawler oil lamp hangs over the settee along with two other bulkhead oil lamps.  One is a beautiful Captain’s Cabin Lamp, Dutch made and numbered with a ship motif etched on the glass globe.

BATTERIES – Three batteries sit in the storage space under the quarter birth.  Two smaller batteries hooked up in series for the “house”.  These batteries total 190 amp hours.  A third battery totaling 245 amp hours is set up for the engine.  All batteries are AGM.  The electrical switches are set up with three separate switches; one for “house”, one for the engine and the third is a parallel switch for all batteries if needed.  A battery combiner has also been installed.  All batteries are new as of October. 2020.

ELECTRICAL A/C OUTLETS – All A/C outlets have been replaced with Marinco yellow marine receptacles along with necessary GFCI devices.  New teak plates cover all these outlets

ELECTRONICS – the Karen Marie is fitted with just an Icom VHF radio and Garmin 700 series chart plotter situated inside the cabin on a custom swing arm for viewing outside the cabin.  An extra inside hull transducer for connecting to the Garmin has not been installed.  It should be mentioned, a reverse polarity switch has also been installed.  Electric panels are installed above the chart table with the main panel just above the stairway.

GALLEY – sits to the port with a double stainless sink, pressure water is retrieved from a 140 gallon stainless steel tank below the cabin sole.  Custom traditional faucets have also been installed.  There is also a foot pump for fresh water and a recently serviced traditional bronze Finspray hand pump for sea water or for extracting extra water from the icebox/

STOVE/OVEN – is the original classic Shipmate three burner propane stove/oven.  This company has been in business since 1881.  Their web site is very interesting especially the history of this company.

ICEBOX – opens from the top for ice, etc. there is no refrigeration unit and it’s suggested if one is desired on the boat, a portable AC/DC unit be purchased for easy maintenance.   The galley area has a large amount of storage space.

PERKINS ENGINE – is the original 4108 and sits below the cockpit area.  You can access the engine from inside of the boat or the cockpit hatch.  The engine has been little used and has approximately 2,500 hours on it.  Until recently the engine had no hour meter on it and the hours are mostly a good guesstimate.  The engine was regularly maintained with oil changes every 50 hours or five months.  It was kept extremely clean.  A new marine alternator was also installed; with the original kept for a spare.  The fuel tank is 100 gallon black iron encapsulated in fiberglass.

TRANSMISSION – is a Hurth. The prop shaft was recently replaced for general maintenance.  It is connected to a Vetus flexible coupling.  The stuffing box is bronze with new tubing.  It was recently replaced.

WATER LIFT MUFFLER – Replaced with a Centex Vernalift (water lift) muffler as an upgrade.  Through the years, hoses have been replaced as needed.  A bronze sea water strainer sits to port.  All hoses are double clamped with stainless steel marine clamps.

SEACOCKS – All seacocks have been replaced with GROCO full flow flanged bronze seacocks.  These have been thru bolted to 3/8” teak ply, covered with two coats of epoxy.

BILGE PUMP – 12 volt RULE 3500 set up for automatic or manual operation/wired direct to the battery.

FRESH WATER PUMP – this is a PAR electric water system pump Model 36950.

PROPANE HOSES – All propane hoses have been insulated for abrasion by running them through larger heavier duty expendable hose, (just a  safety precaution).

CABIN SOLE: - Teak and Holly – varnished.


WEST SYSTEM BARRIER COAT – the bottom was sanded down and the West System barrier coat was applied, followed by the Interlux Protect iON System.

THRU-HULL FITTINGS – as with the seacocks, all have been replaced with bronze thru-hulls.

BONDING PLATE – a Marinco Dynaplate for bonding was installed to starboard.  This connects inside the boat to all new #16 bonding wire throughout the boat.


PROP – this is a three blade power prop.

CUTLASS BEARING – new cutlass bearing in 2018

ZINCS – shaft and both rudder zincs replaced every two years or as needed.  These were also replaced in 2019 AND 2021



ANCHORS:          2 – authentic 45 lbs. CQR anchors.

2 – extra Danforth anchors, one on the stern, i.e. 13-S , the other on a stanchion mount forward; 21 lbs.


ROPE FOR ANCHORS:  Port and starboard chain locker;

                1) – 200 ft. of ¾” rope plus 25 ft. of3/8” BBB chain lead

                2) – 200 ft. of ¾” rope plus 25 ft. 3/8” BBB chain lead

                3) – Heavy weather 1” 200 ft. rope with 20 ft. of 3/8” BBB chain lead.

                4) – Heavy Weather 200 ft. of  3/8” BBB chain.

SAFETY:  (3) Coast Guard approved fire extinguishers

  (2) heavy duty safety offshore harnesses,

  (6+) life jackets (6 new in storage bag)

  Handheld flares/regular and smoke

  First aid kit

  Life sling man overboard throw (new cover and line)

  Portable signal horn

  Radar reflector

(1)    pair of binoculars with inside compass

(1)    ring buoy – type IV (white)


SETTEE:  Original table that enables you to convert the settee to a double birth.


COCKPIT CUSHIONS:  These are new and are tan color.


SHADE AWNING:  Sunbrella/beige color


SUNBRELLA COVERINGS:  On deck coverings for much of the vulnerable teak exposed to the sun.


CUSTOM COCPIT COVER:  Full Sunbrella covering for entire cockpit/beige color.


OUTBOARD MOTOR LIFT:  Lifting arm that is portable and fits on aft fixture. Used to hoist outboard motor from dinghy on to the boat.


BOSEN’S CHAIR:  Professional heavy duty.


DOCK FENDERS:  Green with gray covers.


POWER CORD A/C:  30 Amp dock to boat heavy duty, also converter for 110 AC.


TEAK OVERBOARD LADDER:  Beautiful custom teak ladder never used and kept in storage all these years.


WINCH HANDLES: (2) Chrome.




OIL LAMPS:  (Brass)

(1)    – Trawler Oil Lamp

(1)    – Captain’s Oil Lamp with etched ship globe.  Dutch made and numbered.

(and other smaller oil lamps)


AC LAMPS:  (2) AC reading lamps (custom made)


INTERNATIONAL FLAG SET:  Hoist for decoration.


MOTOR STUFF:  Original alternator; carried as spare plus alternator bracket.

                                Perkins 4108 repair and parts manual

                                Hurth (currentl ZF Transmission Company) repair manual.

                                Various parts; i.e. belts, filters, etc.






Extra fuel injector

Fuel lift pump – used but still good.

Various stainless and copper Perkins fuel lines

Oil gauge

Engine oil filters

Fuel Filters – Perkins and Racor

Various engine gaskets

Rubber water impeller

Fuel fitting with filter

Rebuild raw water pump

Pencil zincs for raw water exhaust

Fresh water pressure switch

Galley water filters

Whale Gusher 10 (parts)

Whale Gusher 10 extra handle

Dinghy repair kit

2 winch handles

Battery monitor – never used

4 – stereo speakers

Dinghy anchor plus line

Sunbrella sun shade

Four Square vent sail for forward hatch

Remote mike for ICOM VHF radio

Morse Engine and transmission control – brand new in box, never installed

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Luke Ackerman

Lead Broker St. Barts Yachts - Wilmington /  Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina