Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Northshore of Huron
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Shopping around for the 10-20yr boat, need some info on the CS33's
I'm really hoping to get some input on my next "real boat" purchase. My wife and I have been sailing the heck out of our Tanzer 7.5m for a few years now on the North Shore and Lake Huron. The "hobby" has not died down, in fact it's becoming an obsession so we are looking for our next boat. In a perfect world we'd buy a CS36T and have that as our long term cruiser, but with the prices out there we don't see that happening. The CS33 looks to be a possible great fit. Here's what we were hoping some owners could fill in for us:
-From what we can tell the CS33's had solid glass hulls. Is this true? We aren't as scared of cored decks because we can live with them being a bit spongy, and don't mind fixing them up if needed, however a cored hull with some delam is a real worry for us.
-A BIG reason to move up in boat size is due to us not wanting to live "hunched over" anymore. The Tanzer has been great to us but I think the headroom is about 4ft. I am 6ft 3", maybe 6ft 2in without shoes on. Is there any chance I will be able to stand up in the Cs33? It feels like it would be a dream to be able to stand up to put a pair of pants on lol.
-We would be looking to move it one day down the ICW and have it parked in FL as our Bahamas\Caribbean cruiser. Does anyone see any issue with that idea?
-Any major issues with these boats we should know about? I've heard the rudders are hollow and should be drained when hauled out each winter. Other than that anything else?
We know that we can sort out some of those questions by visiting a boat, but the nearest boat dealer and CS33 is over a 9hr drive (one way) from where we live. We will be doing some boat visits but if the CS33 won't fit the bill for us it's better to find out now rather than arrange vacation and a long drive just to be disappointed.
Some youtube videos, nothing fancy
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