CS 36 Traditional


L.O.A.: 36' 6" (11.13 m)
L.W.L.: 29' 3" (8.92 m)
Beam: 11' 6" (3.51 m)
Draft: 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Displ: 15,500 lbs (7031 kg.)
Ballast: 6500 lbs. (2948 kg.) Sail area: 822 sq. ft. (16.15 m²)
Vertical clearance: 52' 10" (16.15 m)

Motor: Westerbeke 30 hp diesel
Headroom: standing
Berths: 5 to 6
Rating  (PHRF-LO) : 120

Price range: $80,000 to $90,000

    This boat is often referred to as the CS 36 "Traditional", in order to distinguish it from the Merlin 36, a more contemporary design which CS built in the late 1980s. And the CS 36 is very much a traditional boat in the broader sense of the word insofar that it exemplifies the larger sailboats that were being built in the 1970s and early 1980s. This boat doesn't seem to have any design feature which is particularly outstanding, but everything comes together to produce a timeless design with pleasing proportions. It is interesting to note there has been some interest in bringing the CS 36 back into production on a limited basis - not bad for a design that is over 30 years old. Like its smaller sistership, the CS 33, there continues to be a healthy demand for the CS 36 on the used market, and they generally command a good price. People looking at a CS36 should keep an eye out for what could be serious damage in the keel supports in the forward areas if the boat was involved in a hard grounding. This boat was also available with a 4' 11" shoal draft keel.

    by Michael McGoldrick.
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