Full-Bodied Voyager: Fantasia 35
“Cute” and “commodious” define the Fantasia 35.
Once you know that Bruce Bingham drew the lines of the Flicka—a full-keeled, 20-foot sprite with the interior space of boats several feet longer—it makes sense that he also penned the Fantasia 35. This capable cruiser, with its portly hull and distinctive round portlights, boasts 7 feet of headroom and a layout that owners of many 40-footers would envy.
A center cockpit in a boat this size is a rare but brilliant approach that allows for a three-cabin layout. The aft cabin has a portside double berth. It’s accessed through a stand-up passage on the starboard side that doubles as the head, while the same space on the port side contains a workshop with standing headroom and lots of storage.
In the main cabin, the galley resides along the starboard hull, and an L-shaped dinette is to port. A split V-berth and plenty of storage take up most of the forward cabin. This ambitious interior layout, a pleasing mix of comfort and practicality, works well. The woodwork and cabinetry are typical of Taiwanese boats of the era: teak bulkheads with vertical staving and arched cabin doors. For its size, the Fantasia carries astounding quantities of water and diesel. The auxiliary is beneath the cockpit and accessible on three sides.