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post #6 of Old 02-06-2008
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I considered a CS 40 but my broker aimed me away

Originally Posted by midlifesailor View Post
I believe the CS40 is similar in construction to the CS36 Merlin with some coring in the hull. I don't know if the coring us used below the water line. The ONLY CS boat I've seen in person was a 36 Merlin that had seen its better days. I wish there were more around locally, because I think it would be an impressive boat if you found a well kept example.
The 40 is very like the 36 Merlin rather than the earlier 36T. My broker who is very knowledgeable and did not have a boat he was aiming me toward suggested that these boats are not that well built. In particular he mentioned that the keel has a very narrow attachment to the hull and that he considered this to be a serious problem area, and one that would not be easily fixed.
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