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Old 12-07-2011
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Hey Jim. She looks lovely. From what we've seen the CS40 is a stretched out version of the CS36 Merlin. What's your story. How long have you had your lovely boat and where do you sail?
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here's a pic of our 40 taken this past fall. Sorry for to photo quality. Thats a picture taken w/ my phone of the picture taken from the chopper.
Looks like she goes uphill pretty good!!
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We sail in the eastern end of long island sound to cape cod. Plan to be able to go farther in the near future.
The 40 is basicly the same design as the merlin. Tony Castro design. We purchassed it a year ago June from the son of the original owner. It was on Lake Huron most of it's life and never raced so it was in really good shape. Replaced the teak in the cockpit last winter. I stripped the bottom, polished the gelcoat and updated the striping last spring. Added a wind generator. New canvas over the summer. Updating the electronics and instruments over the winter this year. 2 solar panels will also be added on top of bimini.
It's significantly faster on all points of sail than our 36 was. We were shocked last summer when we made destinations that used to take us 7 hours in 4 1/2 hours. Completly changes how far we can travel.
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Kool. So you had a 36 what? FYI we love our Merlin. Work gets in the way otherwise we'd be going farther afield. Our boat has been to the Med and back (not for me) and to/from the Caribbean. We are based just outside of Toronto on Lake Ontario and outside of day trips haven't been able to swing more than a weekend outing.
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We had a cs 36t that I also purchassed from the orriginal owner.
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So you are clearly hooked on CS, good for you! We know people here that are diehard CS owners and we understand there is a pretty significant performance difference between the 36T and 36M so you must notice a big difference with the 40. Our boat is no greyhound but she is fabulous in light air but sturdy when Lake Ontario whips up. Personally I don't care for the rough weather but we've been caught out a few times and she's brought us home safely.
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We had several Hunters over the years working our way up thru sizes and stumbled on cs thru an older member of our club. He was in his 80's and I used to help him rig his cs36. We were inbetween boats one summer many years ago and I asked him if we could take his boat on cruise. He said yes and had fun helping get the boat ready. It had been years since he went anywhere on the boat. I developed a close relationship w/ him and used the boat for two more seasons. He told me once he would own a boat til the day he died. One spring he called me and asked if I would like to buy the boat. I said "sure but I thought you never wanted to sell". He said" My hips hurt and I can't get on and off the boat any more. You should have it." He died within a week of the closing.
We enjoyed the 36 for several years but realized w/ our plans of living aboard in the summer and some extended cruising we wanted a bigger boat.
We looked at the boat shows for a couple of years and realized pretty quickly to get the quality we were used to w/ cs the choices were very limited and very expensive. The path was clear, we just had to find the right boat.
We have been very pleased w/ the 40. In the past, If we were traveling we would motor til the wind was above 10 w/ the 36 and that was slow. Now in 8 kts of breeze we can do 5-6. That speed was our powered up speed on the 36. In the wind range we used to look for, 12 -15, we sail at mid 7's to mid 8's. W/ the asymetrical up last fall we saw consistant 10's in 15+ kts of breeze. At that speed we cover a lot of ground very quickly.
The boat is very sensitive to the helm which as far as I'm concerned as a retired racer is a lot of fun. Definatly not the boat for someone that wants to put their feet up.
The huge wing keel keeps the boat very flat making the ride very comfortable for everyone.
A helpful addition will be a bow thruster. In windy conditions the bow is a little hard to controll. It's on the wish list. Looking at the Exturn
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here's a pic of our CS36T, sailing out of Port Stanley on Lake Erie

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Hi we own CS 40 named Amber none moored at Pacific playground on Vancouver Island
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Hi "Colin", do you have any pix of Amber?
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