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CS Merlin 36
$49,500 USD
36ft in

The CS 36 Merlin was designed by Tony Castro as a replacement for the successful CS36. One hundred of the CS36 Merlins were built between 1986 and 1990 by Canadian Sailcraft in Brampton, Ontario. The fiberglass hull was vacuum bagged with balsa coring above the waterline and in the deck. The spade rudder and deep fin keel provide excellent performance. The interior features lots of varnished teak, two staterooms, one head and a large galley.

Kyrie is a wonderful example of this cruiser-racer. She benefits from good care, ongoing updates, and light Pacific Northwest use. Inspection of this great sailboat at our Lake Union dock is highly encouraged.


  • B&G Zeus Touch chart plotter (2013)
  • Raymarine EV100 Wheelpilot (2016)
  • Dickinson Newport propane cabin heater
  • InCanvas cockpit dodger and mainsail cover (2018)
  • Replumbed (2022)
  • Three blade Maxprop (2011)
  • PSS dripless shaft seal (2019)
Name of vessel KYRIE
Model CS Merlin 36
Year 1987
Builder Canadian Sailcraft
Designer Tony Castro
Price $49,500 USD
Location Seattle, WA
Length (feet) 36
Beam (feet) 11.5
Draft (feet) 6.25
Displacement (pounds) 13000
Ballast (pounds) 5590
Engine model Volvo 2003
Engine horsepower 25
Engine hours 2528
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 25
Water tank capacity (gallons) 120
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 25


KYRIE’s companionway is well-sheltered by the cockpit dodger.  A 17” high by 40” long bridgedeck keeps rain and seawater in the cockpit from sloshing below.  Stainless steel grab rails are on either side of the bridgedeck for security.  A varnished teak washboard and smoked acrylic slider close this hatchway.  The slider hood has top and bottom acrylic windows providing extra light below.  A varnished teak companionway ladder with five steps is removable for engine compartment access.

The interior is constructed from molded white fiberglass for the cabinet and furniture bases.  Varnished teak ply and solid trim are used for cabinet doors, doorways, bulkheads, and trim.  Overhead panels in the salon/galley are vinyl covered plywood screwed into a teak frame; fully removable to access deck hardware.  The cushions and mattresses are covered with durable and elegant green upholstery.  The cabin sole is teak and holy plywood.  Ample LED reading lights, dome lights, and bar lights are well located throughout the interior.  Opening overhead hatches, cabin side ports, fixed ports, and cowl vents provide light and ventilation.  Locker doors are fitted cane mesh openings to prevent condensation and mold.  Cabinet doors and drawers are fitted with elbow catches and finger holes for secure latching.  Headroom generally measures 6’ 2” in the salon and galley while slightly lower in the staterooms.

The forward stateroom is accessed through a locking privacy door.   A V-Berth with infill measures 75” long by 66” wide aft and 13” wide forward.  The divided mattress is 6” thick and is lifted to access bin storage below.  Hull sides are lined with white ash staving.  Open storage take advantage of space up high below the deck edge.  A forward locker with two hinged doors is up high along the forward bulkhead.  Locker with door access are below the berth aft.  Two reading lights, an overhead hatch, and 110V outlet complete this cabin.

A hanging locker is below the deck edge in the forward passageway.  Access to the head/shower is through a locking privacy door in this passageway.  The head compartment has a lower white fiberglass base and upper white laminate; water resistant, bright and easy to clean.  The head is aft/outboard.  A removable teak grate, overboard drain pump, and pull out hose nozzle allow one to shower in this space.  Two cabinets with shelves are outboard and have mirrors on the doors.  Another mirror is on the forward bulkhead.  A toilet paper holder, teak handrail/towel bar, dome light, overhead hatch, and two hooks finish this space.

The salon is designed for dining, lounging, and sleeping.  Teak grab rails located below the large fixed windows provide secure handholds when moving about.  The port settee measures 68” long with bin storage outboard of the seatback cushions.  Above/outboard of the settee is a glass/and bottle locker, open bookshelf, and locker with shelves.  Water tanks are below both settees.  A drop leaf teak dining table is on centerline.  The pedestal top opens for bottle storage.  The table measures 44” x 43” with both sides up.  The starboard settee is “L” shaped and measures 74” long.  A flip over board and infill cushion transforms this into a 42” wide berth.  Outboard/above the seat are open bookshelves and lockers with shelves.  Four reading lights, kerosene lantern, propane bulkhead heater, dome lights, and 110V outlets are fitted.

An aft-facing navigation station aft of the starboard settee and adjacent the companionway.  The chart table measures 19” x 27” x 31” with a 3” deep drawer below the hinged top.  The AC/DC switch panel is outboard.  Three drawers are below the desk.  A flex arm red chart light, binocular holder, canvas flashlight holder, and 12V outlet serve this desk.

The galley is to port of the companionway and relatively large for a performance cruising boat of this vintage.   Double 14” x 14” x 9-1/2” deep stainless steel sinks are forward and fitted with a single lever mixer and PUR water filter.  A manual freshwater hand pump is also fitted.  Outboard of the sinks is a top opening storage bin.  Next aft, a large three burner Force Ten stove gimbals when heeled and has a stainless steel crash bar to protect the chef.  A 4.5 cubic foot top opening fridge/freezer is aft of the stove.  A cabinet with three wire pull out drawers and silverware door is inboard of the fridge.  A custom spice rack has holders for 13 spice bottles.  Trash is deposited into a cockpit locker bin through a hinged door in the aft bulkhead.  A 76” long by 14” high by 12” deep locker is below the deck edge and closed by three smoked acrylic sliding doors.  Galley function is enhanced by two florescent bar lights, two duplex 110V outlets, an opening side port and dome light.

The aft stateroom is entered through a privacy door to starboard of the companionway.  The berth measures 76” long by 58” wide forward and 35” wide aft.  The 6” thick foam mattress is divided to access bins and batteries below the berth.  A 6” wide shelf runs below two open storage bins faced with ash staving.  A 12” wide by 28” long dressing seat is forward.  Two lockers with shelves are outboard of the seat.  A teak grab rail, two opening ports, 110V outlet, and two reading lights complete this stateroom.

  • Dickinson/Newport propane cabin heater on main bulkhead (2017)
  • Scandvik combination sink faucet with pull-out shower nozzle  (2020)
  • Replumbed with PEX tubing (2020)
  • 7 LED cabin lights
  • Bug Screens
  • Window covers
  • 110V space heater & (2) turbo dryers
  • Force 10 3 Burner stove with oven


KYRIE’s engine appears to be well maintained and is located below the companionway.  Access panels are behind the companionway ladder and from the galley.  A top cover in the aft stateroom lifts away for complete top access.  The engine insulation was replaced in 2020.  Hot and cold freshwater hoses were replaced with PEX in 2020.  Sanitary hoses are premium Trident and were replaced in 2020.  The steering system is Whitlock rod and tiller for low friction, reliable wheel to rudder connection.

  • Volvo-Penta Model 2003 28 HP diesel engine with 2528 hours; serial no. FL17329
  • Stainless steel Exhaust Riser
  • 3-Blade Max-Prop (2011)
  • PYI Dripless Shaft Seal (2019)
  • Racor R24T primary fuel filter
  • Vernalift fiberglass wet exhaust muffler
  • 1” Diameter stainless steel prop shaft
  • Whitlock single lever shift/throttle on steering pedestal
  • 42” Diameter stainless steel wheel with Whitlock rod steering system
  • Isotemp 24 liter hot water heater (shore and engine) (2010)
  • Manual Whale bilge pump in cockpit
  • Rule 2000 12V bilge pump with float switch
  • 12V Jabsco diagphram macerator pump
  • Trident Premium sanitary hoses
  • Jabsco manual flush marine toilet
  • North Shore Refrigeration 12V refrigeration (2004)
  • Shurflo AquaKing II water pressure pump and accumulator tank
  • Shurflo diaphragm shower drain pump
  • (4) 1” prop shaft zincs, (2) Maxprop zincs, (3) strut zincs
  • (2) Aluminum propane tanks and propane solenoid valve


  • B&G Zeus Touch T8 Chart Plotter (2013) at helm
  • Raymarine EV 100 Wheelpilot (2016)
  • 2 B&G Triton 2 displays over companionway (2020)
  • Simrad R35 VHF radio with AIS receiver (2016)
  • Masthead VHF antenna
  • Simrad H35 VHF wireless remote (2016)
  • Jensen MCD50 AM/FM CD Stereo with cabin and cockpit speakers/CD
  • NMEA 2000 Network throughout
  • Mobri radar reflector on backstay
  • Galaxy pedestal compass
  • Schatz 5” barometer on main bulkhead
  • Bushnell 10 x 50WA binoculars and teak holder
  • Guest flex arm red chart light at nav station


  • LED Running Lights
  • Masthead anchor light
  • Foredeck light
  • 2 Duracell Ultra group 24 service batteries (2017)
  • Xantrex Link 10 battery monitoring System
  • Xantrex Trucharge 10B Multistage Dual battery charger
  • 50 amp 12V Paris Rhone alternator
  • 1 Group 27 starting battery (2021)
  • 30 Amp shorepower cord
  • AC/DC switch/breaker panel with analog DC voltmeter
  • Analog fuel tank level gage


KYRIE has a white hull accented with green triple boot stripes, quarter stripes and sheer stripe.  A scoop stern has a fold-over stainless-steel swim ladder.  The layup appears substantial by today’s standards.  The hull to deck joint is bolted together on 4” centers through an aluminum toe rail.  24” tall stainless-steel stanchions are fitted into cast aluminum bases secured to the toe rail and deck.  Double uncoated wire lifelines run from the bow pulpit to the stern pushpit.  Midships gates are fitted with snap hooks.

The deck has molded in white nonskid.  The raised cabintop is fitted with stainless steel grab rails on each side, opening hatches and ports and large fixed smoked acrylic ports.  A top opening bow locker houses the anchor and rode.

The T-shaped cockpit is well-protected by the dodger and side coamings.  Seats are well proportioned for sailing or lounging.  The curved helm seat has propane storage beneath it.  A large, climb-into cockpit locker with 23” x 29” opening is below the port settee.

  • 2” high aluminum toe rail with ¾” diameter holes on 4” centers.
  • (4) 10” long cast aluminum mooring cleats on bow and stern
  • (2) Closed aluminum chocks set into toe rail
  • 33 lb Bruce anchor with 60’ of chain and 250’ of nylon three strand rode
  • Double stainless steel bow rollers welded into stemhead
  • Chain hook and snubber line
  • 20” x 20” Goiot opening hatch in foredeck
  • (3) 14” x 18” Goiot opening hatches
  • (4) 13” x 6” opening cabinside ports
  • (3) Boat washing brushes
  • (5) Cylindrical fenders & ample docklines
  • InCanvas green yacht acrylic cockpit dodger (2018)
  • InCanvas mainsail cover (2018)
  • Cockpit awning
  • Cockpit Table
  • White vinyl-covered cockpit cushions
  • Rail-mounted stainless steel propane BBQ grill with pigtail and regulator to large propane tank
  • Lifesling in soft case
  • MOM 8A – needs inspection/service
  • Varnished teak flag staff and US Ensign
  • Davis telescoping boathook
  • (4) Seachoice lifevests
  • (5) Cylindrical fenders and docklines
  • Keel rebedded in 2010


KYRIE is masthead rigged with a large mainsail and genoa for performance in a wide range of wind conditions.  The tapered aluminum mast is stepped on the keel with good bend control from the adjustable backstay and babystay.  The mast and boom are anodized aluminum.  All control lines are led aft to the cockpit for shorthanded sailing.  Shroud chainplates are well inboard for tight sheeting angles.   Standing rigging is continuous.

  • Keel stepped, double spreader, tapered mast – keel stepped
  • Anodized aluminum boom
  • 6:1 Harken tackle babystay adjuster
  • Garhauer traveler (2020) located just forward of the helm
  • 6:1 Barton mainsheet at end of boom
  • Harken genoa furler on headstay
  • Deck spinnaker pole, topping lift, and inboard end track
  • Deck storage chocks for spinnaker pole
  • (2) Spinnaker halyards
  • (2) Genoa Halyard
  • Mainsail halyard
  • Masthead Windex
  • New 1×19 standing rigging in 2002
  • Selden solid boom vang (2005)
  • Selden manually adjustable backstay (2014)
  • Signal halyard to starboard lower spreader
  • 10’ Long 1.25” Lewmar genoa tracks with Lewmar pin-adjustable lead cars
  • Lewmar foot blocks for genoa sheets
  • (2) Lewmar ST46 primary winches on cockpit coaming
  • (2) Lewmar ST43 winches on cabintop
  • (2) Lewmar winch handle holders in cockpit
  • (3) Winch handles
  • (11) Lewmar rope clutches for halyards, reefs, outhaul, pole toping lift, vang, and pole downhaul
  • New Lifelines (2014)
  • Ballard Sails Dacron full batten radial cut mainsail (2018 ) – very good condition
  • Ballard Sails Dacron Roller Furling Radial Cut #2 Genoa (2021) Very Good
  • Ballard Sails Dacron Radial Cut #3 Jib (2018?) Very Good
  • Ballard Sails Spinnaker SK60 (2017) Very good
  • Larsen Sails 1.5 oz Spinnaker Very Good
  • Leitch and McBride Dacron Crosscut Main (2005) Fair
  • Leitch and McBride Dacron Crosscut #2 Genoa (2005) Fair
  • Ballard Sails Pentex #1 Genoa (2012) Poor

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