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Old 23-06-2008, 11:53   #1
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Question Questions for any CS 36T Owners

We are considering a 5 foot draft CS 36 Traditional. Any potential issues or trouble spots to be aware of? Are you happy with the sailing performance? Some owners have complained of lack of stowage, and poor engine access. Is the "V" drive an issue? And could 2 couples survive for a week? Thanks in advance.

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Old 23-06-2008, 12:04   #2
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I have a CS36M but have sailed quite a few CS36T's. I don't like v drives but have not heard of any issues with them on the CS. Stowage is actually quite good and includes a wet locker. They sail well. Only issue is to check the bottom for blisters. As for two couples surviving for a week, depends on the couples. The boat is actually quite a good buy, solid glass hull, well built. The later models have a lot of minor refinements such as a closed off helm seat with storage underneath but earlier ones are just as solid. There is a CS owners association CS Owners Associations Home Page also a CS owners on Sailnet CS Yachts - SailNet Community

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Old 23-06-2008, 19:39   #3
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If this is the same company that made the Merlin 36 - I looked at a boat some years ago in Vancouver that had patched plastic water tanks ( previous rupture)and a cracked floor assumed to be from stress of keel grounding- two Pt's to check out
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Questions for CS36T Owners

We have had a CS36T for the past three seasons and are quite pleased with it. The engine access is considered to be poor, however, once all the panels are removed, you can pretty much get at everything. The V-drive is just about bulletproof, as is the Westerbeke 30 (if it's properly maintained). The main drawbacks to the V-drive are that the engine is mounted in reverse (the drive belts are aft), the stuffing box is best reached with a flexible 10 year old, and, if repowering becomes necessary, your options are limited. I had some problems with cold starts and overheating, which was solved by rebuilding the injectors and disassembling and flushing out the heat exchanger. Both relatively easy tasks. Properly serviced, the engine will last forever. That said, parts, when required, are easily found, but hideously expensive.
Otherwise, the boat sails well, points high for a shoal draft, and is built like a tank. Some don't like the companionway steps (ladder!?), but the layout requires it. It is a great cruiser and well suited for long distance voyages, it can sail comfortably in almost any weather. We are a family of 5 (two teenagers) and have done two week holidays on two occasions on Lake Ontario with no casualties.
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