Born Free is a very nice example of the classic CS 36 Merlin. This freshwater, 2 cabin, 1 head, 3 owner yacht is ready to sail. A double aft cabin, numerous recent upgrades and wing keel are some of the key features. The sellers purchased her in 2011 from an owner on the east end of Lake Ontario. They are now ready to retire from sailing.
Canadian Sailcraft was founded by Paul Tennyson who began building the CORNICE dinghy as part of his reinforced plastics business. In 1971 CS dropped dinghy production and began building keelboats under a new name, CS Yachts. In its best year, 1986, CS built 175 30s, 33s, and 36s and the company moved to an expanded 100,000 sq. ft. facility the following year. By 1990 the company began to wind down its production and closed in 1992.
CS Yachts models included the CS 22, designed by John Butler. Raymond Wall, the former chief designer for Camper Nicholson, was CS’s chief designer from 1977 to 1983. His CS 27 was followed by the 36, and finally the 33. Tony Castro then took over the duties and drew the CS 36 Merlin, and eventually produced five others, the 30, 44, 40 and finally the 34.
The CS 36 Merlin was a Tony Castro design, part of the newer family of European influenced designs from CS. A large vee berth, generous double aft cabin and convertible dinette provided a new level of sleeping accommodations in a 36 footer. The hull features a flat bottomed entry was influenced by the America’s Cup designs, providing exceptional sailing characteristics. The winged keel increases comfort underway and allows for a wider range of anchorages. An integral swim platform and deep boarding ladder will be thoroughly enjoyed by swimmer and divers.
The CS 36 Merlin has a vee berth forward with head aft to starboard and large cedar lined hanging locker to port.
The salon has a bench settee to port and L Shaped settee to starboard. The settee has a leaf that folds out to form a double berth. The salon table has two large leaves providing comfortable dining. There is a nav desk aft to starboard.
The galley is aft to port and features an excellent use of space by running back partially under the cockpit settee, providing space for a fridge, stove and ample storage.
The aft cabin is to starboard and features a double berth, hanging locker and custom cabinet.
Engine access is excellent, via the hinged cover in the aft cabin.
Weather decks are wide and easily accessed. The traveller is mounted fore of the helm, for easy access by the helmsperson. Hardware is oversized and very robust. Access to the water is via the swim platform and boarding ladder.
Volvo Penta P25, 28hp Diesel Inboard
no hours meter
2 Blade Fixed Prop
2 Battened Mainsails
Independent Stack Pack Cover [New 2013]
Spinnaker with Pole and Lines
Spring Loaded Boom Vang
Adjustable Genoa Cars
Dodger, Bimini and Full Enclosure [New 2013]
Teak Cockpit Grate [New 2016]
Cockpit Cushions [New 2013]
Folding Leather Wrapped Wheel
Wheel and Winch Covers [New 2013]
Electric Anchor Windlass
Raymarine ST60 TriData
Autohelm Wind Instrument
Raymarine C120 Chartplotter in pod at helm
Radar on Transom Pole
Raymarine Wheel Autopilot with i70 Control Head
VHF Radio with Wireless Mic
Vee Berth with UltraSuede Cushions with High Density Foam [New 2013]
Aft Cabin with Double Berth and UltraSuede Cushions with High Density Foam [New 2013]
UltraSuede Cushions with High Density Foam [New 2013]
Salon Mast Cover [New 2013]
Teak Table with 2 Leaves
L Shaped Settee converts to Double Berth [Cushion New 2013]
Propane Stove with Oven
Storage extends aft under cockpit
Jabsco Marine Toilet
Sink with Hot and Cold Water
Hot and Cold Pressure Water in Head and Galley
TV with Disc Player
Winter Cover [new 2013] with Frame
Steel Folding Cradle
VC17 Bottom Paint
Fenders and Docklines
Dinghy and Outboard