Above: A 2023 Aviara AV36 OB with triple Mercury 300-HP outboards. Photo by Aviara Boats.

The Aviara 36 is a boat that catches everyone's attention with its striking design and impressive performance. It's a stylish and capable weekender or day cruiser that offers a great experience on the water. Whether you're cruising with friends for the day or island hopping with the family, this boat has got you covered. Here we'll take a look at some of her key features to help you ascertain if this is the right type of boat for you and the ideal model for your lifestyle.


The AV36 is available in either an outboard version (the AV36 OB) or a sterndrive version (the AV36 I/O). The two versions are essentially identical, and vary only at the stern, due to their propulsion package. The sterndrive model has three optional power package options, all of which have twin Ilmor engines available in either 380-HP, 430-HP or 483-HP. The outboard version comes with triple 300-HP Mercury outboard engines. The twin 483 horsepower Ilmor 7.4-litre engines make 966 horsepower total, making it about comparable with the triple 300-HP outboards, due to the added weight of the sterndrive model.

Above: A 2023 Aviara AV36 OB with triple Mercury 300-HP outboards. Photo by Aviara Boats.

With the outboards (or the larger sterndrives), the boat hops on plane in around 4 seconds with an efficient cruising speed of about 34 MPH where she burns about 1 mile per gallon. Her max top speed around 55-60 MPH.  Both models are yacht certified and both have a draft of 2'7" with a fuel capacity of 214 gallons. The power packages are designed to deliver a thrilling performance while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride. With these engines, you can expect the Aviara 36 to provide impressive performance and speed making her a true sporty day cruiser.

The Aviara 36 is also designed to handle like a dream with a sturdy, advanced hull design. Her modified-V hull is carefully crafted to provide stability and maneuverability, making it easy to navigate through the water with confidence. Whether you're cruising along the coastline, exploring hidden coves, or simply enjoying a day of watersports, the Aviara 36 is up to the task. It offers a balanced and responsive performance that ensures an exciting and enjoyable boating experience.


The stern of the Aviara 36 is designed to be both functional and stylish. Whether you have sterndrive engines or outboard engines, they're cleverly integrated to provide a sleek and streamlined look. Of course the sterndrive is slightly better suited for tow sports and provides clean access to the water, but both models are accessible and convenient. She's equipped with a swim platform, making it easy to jump into the water for a refreshing swim or to hop on and off water toys like paddleboards or tubes. You can sit on the edge with your feet in the water, or even set up some chairs or loungers for a more comfortable seating area. It's a perfect place to soak up the sun, chat with friends, or simply enjoy the peacefulness of being near the water.

The Aviara AV36 also has a well-designed transom and some 36 models may also have additional features at the stern and transom, such as a transom shower to rinse off after a swim or a convenient storage area for water toys and equipment.


The aft deck and cockpit of the Aviara 36 are where the fun and socializing happen. It's a versatile and inviting space designed for relaxation and entertainment. The first thing you'll notice is the ample seating available. The cockpit is typically furnished with comfortable and plush seating options that can accommodate a group of friends or family. Picture yourself sinking into the cushions, enjoying the company of your loved ones, and soaking up the atmosphere. 

Above: A 2023 Aviara AV36 from the cockpit looking aft. Photo by Aviara Boats.

The Aviara 36 also pays attention to the finer details. You'll find convenient amenities like cup holders strategically placed within reach, so you can keep your favorite beverage close at hand. And let's not forget about the built-in cooler, where you can store refreshing drinks and snacks to keep the good times rolling. Additionally, the aft deck often features clever storage compartments to keep your belongings organized and out of the way. This way, you can focus on enjoying your time without any clutter.


The helm station of the Aviara 36 is the central control hub where you take charge of this slick boat. It's designed with both functionality and style in mind, ensuring you have everything you need at your fingertips. The layout is thoughtfully organized, placing all the essential controls and instruments within easy reach. The dash is well-arranged, featuring gauges, switches, and navigation equipment that provide you with the necessary information for a smooth and confident boating experience. 

Notably, the AV36 has no analog style gauges, so everything in the captain's seat is digital. Drivers will find a comfortable footrest, great visibility and modern controls including a large touchscreen, 16" Garmin MFD, engine status display, digital shift/throttle, joystick controls and a VHF radio. Available options include Autoglide automated trim tabs with built-in indicator.

The captain's seat is designed for comfort during those long days on the water. With plush cushioning and adjustable features, you can find the best position to steer the Aviara 36 with ease and relaxation. Let's not forget about the stylish steering wheel that adds a touch of elegance to the helm station. It's not only functional but also adds to the overall aesthetics of the boat. 


The layout of the interior cabin is intelligently designed to maximize space and functionality. You'll find comfortable seating areas where you can unwind, chat with friends, or simply enjoy the panoramic views through the windows. It's the perfect place to escape the elements and cozy up on cooler days or retreat from the sun's rays. 

Above: Looking into the cabin of a 2023 Aviara AV36 from the cockpit deck. Photo by Aviara Boats.

In the cabin there is a big forward lounger that converts to a sleeping berth along with a private head and shower, making this an acceptable weekender for a couple or small family, plus she comes with many optional appliances such as a stovetop, microwave, refrigerator and more.

The Aviara 36 also pays attention to storage solutions within the cabin, allowing you to keep your belongings organized and out of sight. This way, you can fully relax and make the most of your time on the water. Certain models include a well-equipped galley with a sink and cooking facilities.


The bow area of the Aviara 36 is a comfortable and versatile space designed for relaxation and enjoying the views. It features spacious seating, including a sunpad or lounge area, where you can stretch out and soak up the sun. Practical amenities such as cup holders and storage compartments add convenience, as well as plenty of seating to enjoy with loved ones. 


Overall Length: 36’ 8” 
Beam: 10’ 10” 
Draft Up: 2'7” 
Draft Down: 3'6” 
Dry Weight: ~15,500 Lbs
Usable Fuel: 214 Gallons 
Freshwater: 37 Gallons
Maximum speed: Speed capabilities vary based on engine package and other factors. A typical range for the Aviara 36 is around 35-40 knots (40-46 mph or 64-74 km/h)

View Aviara AV36 boats for sale now on

Written by: Laila Elise
Laila Elise is a former fashion model, writer, actress and entrepreneur, with an affinity for a life on the water. She has a Masters in Finance and a Bachelor's in Business Education, and has traveled extensively around the world working with top agencies and designers. She writes regularly about her passion for the sea on her blog: