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The earlier models (pre about 1985) had very small slitty looking side ports. The later ones especially 1988/89 (last year this model was made) had more modern Lewmar metal ports. I think the earlier ones had plastic Beckson ports. In addition many owners have replaced the original plastic ports with larger ones. CS continually refined their boats making small changes. They had different engines too, earlier ones with the Westerbeke and later ones with the terrible Volvo 2003. All with V drives.
FWIW, most (all?) early models came with all fixed ports, with mid to later models ending with eight all opening posts. All opening ports were plastic Beckson, anything else an owner added. 1986 was the last year of production for the 36T, a few were made on a custom basis after 1986.
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