Thursday, January 19, 2012

1980 CS 36T Sailboat For Sale

For those of you who have better things to do than read on and on about why you should buy this boat instead of all the others on the market out there, let me put it sweetly and simply for you... This boat is a solid proven performer that has been used well and often by a knowledgeable owner.  It is a good value for the money.  If you are looking for a racer/cruiser that provides a comfortable ride, is a joy to sail, is a proven Club Racer, and can make your woman happy, this is the boat for you. 


(We plan to do a new bottom job in the new year and maybe a few other things before we list it with a Broker at a slightly higher price.)


For all of the rest of you who don't mind combing through a long list of useful information with a bit of sales pitch thrown in... here we go!
CS (Canadian Sailcraft) is a boat that, being from the South Texas area, we had never heard of.  There are relatively few in the Gulf Coast area and when looking for a sailboat, or anything else for that matter, one thinks... if I've never heard of it, it must be crap.  Not so!  

The CS is a well respected vessel built in Canada by CS Yachts founded in 1971 by Paul Tennyson.  The Company was one of the casualties of the economy and ceased production in 1992 after putting out several designs.  Raymond Wall, the former chief designer for Camper Nicholson, was their chief designer from 1977 to 1983 during which he designed the CS36 you find for sale here.  Follow these links to read more reviews from trusted online sources.   

CSOA (Canadian Sailcraft Owner's Association) Website

Sailboat Data

Sailing Today Review

Good Old Boat Review

Sailing Magazine Review

We owned our first CS, the 33 ft version, for several years.  We purchased her on the advice of a trusted broker and friend with no personal knowledge of the CS make.  We sailed her happily around the Corpus Christi Bay area, camping out in the nearby anchorages and spending weeklong vacations aboard in happy seclusion.

While on charter vacation in the BVI's in 2004, we were killing time before catching our flight out by looking at boats for sale at Nanny Cay.  We found a CS 36 there.  I took one look at it and passed... it had been chartered hard and looked it.  But Bruce poured over it inside and out.  He loved it and upon our return home, he immediately got online and found our boat on Lake Michigan for sale.  

His decision to make the purchase was based upon the comparison of this boat to the one in Nanny Cay, hands down a better value... and on the fact that this boat came from a fresh water lake in northern climes, where the sun's rays are kinder and the sailing season is much shorter.  Boats are typically in better condition when they have spent their lives in the north.  This boat was sailed for 3 to 4  months a year and was stored on the hard for the remaining months.  She was stored under a heavy canvas cover which we still have and will convey with the sale.  

When Elan was recommissioned here after being trucked from Michigan, Bruce made her ready and I stepped aboard for my first voyage.  The difference in motion between this boat and the 33 ft was astounding.  Everything I didn't like about the smaller boat, I loved about this one.  It was the perfect size for my needs... a cozy cabin with spaces to stick my "girl stuff" for weekend jaunts, long weekends and week long vacations to secluded anchorages where the crowds couldn't find us.  I had been apprehensive about taking our 33 ft boat offshore (having little previous offshore experience myself) but with the more stable feel of the 36, I was all for it.  Bruce and I have taken several week long trips to South Padre where we spent idealic days playing in the sun while carrying our "condo" with us.

Bruce loves her for the fact that while she has a fully decked out interior, she still performs well on the water and brought him enough trophies for him to maintain a proper level of respect amongst the other racers on CC Bay.  This boat  is the perfect combination of "his" and "hers".

Why are we selling her?

Bruce and I are planning to live aboard for a while then cut the docklines and go cruising.  We have 2 grown daughters with "significant others" and I feel that in order to be happy as a Liveaboard, I need an additional cabin and space for more of my "things" than can be accommodated on a 36 ft boat.  We have our eye on a 45 ft boat and would be interested in discussing a trade if the right boat were offered.  We are getting out of the "racing scene" and will be settling into "cruiser mode" with a larger boat.

Since we took ownership in 2004, we have meticulously performed the recommended routine maintenance and have added many upgrades.


The accommodations on this vessel begin with a great cockpit that has good back support, fitted seat cushions, teak table and space to dine, relax or entertain.   At the base of the companionway on port is the U shaped galley with lots of counter space and storage.  To starboard is the quarter berth and the navigation station.  The all-teak interior walls and cabinetry were refinished with 5 coats of hand rubbed  Epifanes Rubbed Effect varnish in 2009.  The teak and holly cabin sole was refinished with Epifanes High Gloss varnish in early 2011 .  Forward of the Galley to Port there is a straight settee which converts to a single berth.  There is a  two sided drop-leaf teak table near centerline in the main salon which accommodates 4 to 6 people easily for dining.  The L-shaped settee on starboard converts to a double bed. There are storage compartments and shelves along the hull on both sides in the salon.  The head/shower is forward of the salon on starboard with teak grate floor and ample storage cabinets and cubbies.  Across from the head/shower are two cedar-lined hanging lockers and storage. A cozy V-berth cabin is forward with cubby storage hull side and a mirrored vanity with drawers.  The original v-berth cushions were replaced in July 2009 with a custom pillow-top mattress from Cantwell's Mattress Company.   There is outstanding ventilation throughout provided by the 8 opening ports with screens and 2 hatches with screens and companionway screens, augmented by 3 fans for when you aren't using the AC.

The hull is made of solid fiberglass (not cored), reinforced with stringers and the bottom has been barrier coated.   She has a solid lead,deep fin keel through-bolted with oversized 3/16 stainless steel bolts.  Each of the 12 bolts is capable of carrying the keel by itself.   She has a partial skeg mounted cored foam rudder.  CS 36 is considered to be an offshore bluewater capable boat according to reviews.  She has beautiful classic lines and is size/weight appropriate for a comfortable ride offshore.  She has performed well as a Club racer bringing home top finishes without stripping her interior.   Her  PHRF rating is 123.  Maintenance records, upgrade receipts, manuals and schematics are aboard.

She holds current  US Documentation and Texas Registratioin.

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name:

Élan (name and hailing port have been removed from the transom)
Keel: Fin
LOA: 36 ft 6 in
Beam: 11 ft 6 in
LWL: 29 ft 3 in
Draft: 6 ft 3 in
Displacement: 15500 lbs
Ballast: 6500 lbs
Headroom: 6 ft 3 in

Westerbeke 30 Diesel with v-drive
Total Power: 30 HP
4 Cyl Diesel
V Drive
Propeller: Max Prop Folding propeller
Year Built: 1980
Engine Oil Evaluation by Blackstone Laboratories January 2012

Fresh Water Tanks: 100 (2 X 50 gal each)
Fuel Tanks: 40

Number of single berths: 2
Number of double berths: 2
Number of heads: 1


RayMarine 4000 Depthsounder
RayMarine Knotmeter
RayMarine Wind speed indicator (wind direction needs repair) The above are mounted on swiveling pods
RayMarine Autopilot - SXP-5 SmartPilot installed new May 2010 under warranty by West Marine until May, 2013
Balmar 80 amp alternator installed new July 2005
Balmar ARS4 three stage regulator installed new July 2005
Zap Stop new July 2005
Three Stage 25 amp Battery Charger new installed VHF Radio

House bank 2 6 volt golf batteries January 2011
Engine Battery group 27  installed 2007

Inside Equipment:

Electric bilge pump and switch replaced October 2011
Manual bilge pump
Hot water Heater - Atlantic 6 gal with AC or engine use new installed May 2005
AC - Mermaid 16000 BTU new installed March 2004
AC raw water pump replaced new December 2009 under warranty through West Marine through December 2012.


3 burner propane stainless steel stove with oven
Deep near-centerline stainless steel sink with hot and cold pressure water
Refridgeration: Adler Barbor 12 volt with freezer compartment


Jabsco marine head new installed in  2008


Fuel Injector Pump professionally rebuilt February 2007
Raw Water Pump professionally rebuilt August 2011
Exhaust Elbow and hoses replaced October 2010
Mechanical Lift Pump removed and electric pump installed to facilitate easier priming of fuel system November 2010
Impeller Speed Seal installed on engine raw water pump January 2010


Full Batten 9 oz Mainsail with 3 reef points and cunningham new 2007
140% North Sails roller furling jib in good condition with sunbrella cover
100% Hood Sails roller furling jib in good minus condition with sunbrella cover
Symmetrical 3/4 oz Spinnaker and pole in good condition
Asymmetrical Reaching 3/4 oz Spinnaker with sock in good condition
Original Sails - 150 light roller furling jib, 140 heavy roller furling jib, mainsail in useable condition.  


Sloop rig with a double spreader and keel stepped mast
Harken Roller Furling Headstay
Edson leather covered steering wheel
Lazy Jacks
All standing rigging replaced with 316 stainless 1x19 wire June 2008. Port/Starboard uppers and forward lowers upgraded from 1/4 to 5/16 stainless steel 1x19 wire June 2008.
Navtech backstay adjuster rebuilt May 2001 LED Tricolor installed March 2011


Double anchor roller platform on bow
35 lb CQR  plow anchor with chain and 200 ft nylon rode

Additional Extras:

Teak Cockpit table
Swimming ladder
Outboard engine mount on stern
50 ft shore power cord
Replaced all 8 original plastic ports with new oversized stainless steel/glass opening ports with metal screens from Newfound Metals August 2007
Bimini Top  2005 
Rail mounted Lift for outboard
Transom Shower installed in 2007

Personal items aboard do not convey with the sale.

Bow Dodger with zip out isinglass windows and snap on covers 2008 Mainsail and Binnacle covers new October 2011

Photo Gallery:

Port side v-berth view without mattress showing the luscious oiled teak side boards and storage cabinet forward. Cubbies for clothes along both sides
Starboard side v-berth without mattress.

There is a storage bin which fits inside the near compartment for additional storage.

Center view of v-berth with boards

V-Berth with Custom Mattress

Looking Aft to port in v-berth at the Vanity with drawers

Looking Aft Port side from v-berth open vanity cabinet

V-Berth with bed made up looking forward center


Head showing storage and teak grate

Forward hanging locker in v-Berth with AC duct

Two Hanging lockers from looking aft towards port side

Next aft Cedar lined hanging locker on port side across from Head

Port Side Settee open to make a single berth

Salon Table open on both sides looking forward

Starboard side settee opened and converted to a double berth looking forward

Forward looking at the salon with seating Port and Starboard

Looking aft to Starboard at the Nav station and Quarter berth

Looking aft into the quarter berth.  Engine access panel on the inboard side wall

Looking aft into the wet locker and engine access panel.  This is also accessed from above.

Nav Station on Starboard side

Looking Aft from the salon at the Nav Station

Galley from the Companion way looking to Port forward

Galley looking aft to Port

Shiny clean stainless steel stove and oven.

Galley storage cabinets along the Port side

Port side lazarette showing ample storage for gear looking down inside towards the stern

Inside the Starboard wet locker looking down into the lazarette from above and from the stern.
Wheel, instruments, autopilot looking forward

Looking forward from Helm with no bimini on

Starboard side Looking forward

Port side Looking forward

Helm seating

Looking up at the Mast from the bow

Deck looking aft from the bow

Starboard side deck looking aft from the bow

Port side deck looking aft from the bow

Mast base and dorade

Mid deck Starboard looking forward

Mid deck Port looking forward

Port Cabin top winches

Starboard Cabin top winches

Port Main winches

Starboard Main winches

Cockpit table in the down position

Looking aft in the cockpit with bimini on

Looking forward from the helm with the bimini on
Full shot in the slip with all of the canvas on

Canvas on Starboard side view

Canvas on Port side view

Motor lift on Port side aft

Port view from the front

Covers off the bow dodger