Friday, November 25, 2011

Design 2166 - Northstar 35

This design was marketed initially as the Northstar 1500 but once production began she was know as the Northstar 50 and once Northstar Yachts was purchased by Hughes, she was known as the Hughes 35. She was designed to compete in the 3/4 ton class but also to serve as a great cruising boat. The boat was introduced in 1975.

Interestingly it was Howard Hughes who purchased Northstar Yachts.

A variation of this design was used for the She 36, design #2166-C1.

Here are the plans.

Principal Dimensions
LOA 35'-6"
LWL 26'-0"
Beam 10'-4"
Draft 5'-10"
Displacement 11,086 lbs
Ballast 5,400 lbs
Sail Area 498 sq ft


  1. I've owned a Hughes 35 for 17 years, safe, predictable at all times, but unforgiving of mistakes when racing PHRF with a rating of 147.

    1. can you grab a photo of her mast keel step for me please

  2. It takes 6 knots to move her, 8 knots and she's competitive; loves heavy weather, I've single handed her in 40 knots.

    1. Hey Tim. I also own a Hughes 35 (1980) and just got into racing her last year. I agree that she likes a good breeze of 15kts plus but can do 6 knots thru the water with 8 knots apparent. The boat seems to wake up in about 8 knots of breeze.

      I find that the boat really comes into its own in heavier weather and swells. One race last year had some good size swells on Lake Ontario where other boats were broaching and not able to hold their lines. We were cutting through the water much better.

      I'd love to chat a bit about general thoughts/takeaways on handling, sail setup and racing etc.

      Tim, or anyone else who owns a Hughes 35 please reach out: Email me at as I would like to hear from any of you and swap ideas stories etc


  3. Really comes into her own downwind over 10 knots with a Spinnaker and a Blooper up, I live for that point of sail!

  4. Now I own this baby! Thanks Tim.