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Nosuch 36
$118,000 USD
36ft in

Designer Mark Ellis’ brilliance is evident in the Nonsuch series of cruising sailboats.  The benefits of the catboat style hull and freestanding mast with wishbone boom include form stability, long waterline, hull volume, and shoal draft.  Generous beam carried well aft keeps these boats upright when sailing to windward without a deep keel.  Sailing a Nonsuch, one quickly realizes that performance is far better than expected for such a comfortable boat due to the long waterline, spade rudder, and sail area.  The unstayed mast and single sail are simple to manage and maintain.  All lines are led to the cockpit.  The mainsail drops into a line/bag cradle suspended from the boom.  The Nonsuch 36 is the flagship of the Nonsuch fleet. 

Hinterhoeller Yachts of St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada did a superb job building the Nonsuch 36.  Quality materials are used throughout including beautiful solid and veneer teak interior joinery, Marelon through hull valves, and Atkins & Hoyle ports and hatches.  A judicious marriage of fiberglass moldings and wood are used for structure, form, function, and aesthetics.  Thoughtful design and construction details explain the graceful aging of older Nonsuch boats.  An appreciative owner’s group readily shares resources and information. 

Catnip is one of the last Nonsuch 36’s built and has been upgraded and updated to a very high level.  Her interior is in excellent condition.  She has all the gear and equipment needed for extended Pacific Northwest cruising in comfort. 


Sidepower bowthruster 

Espar Hydronic diesel heating system 

Ballard Sails Hydranet radial cut mainsail with Strong Track luff slides 

B&G Hydraulic autopilot 

Garmin radar and chartplotter 

Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/VHF 

Stern swim platform with swim ladder 

New Achilles RIB and dinghy davits 

Torquedo electric outboard engine 

Ample Power Genie DC genset 

Barient two speed electric winch for mainsail halyard and sheet 

Name of vessel Catnip
Model Nosuch 36
Year 1991
Builder Hinterhoeller Yachts
Designer Mark Ellis
Price $118,000 USD
Location Seattle, Washington
Length (feet) 36
Beam (feet) 12'8"
Draft (feet) 5'8"
Displacement (pounds) 17000
Ballast (pounds) 6500
Engine model Yanmar 4JH-TE
Engine horsepower 55
Engine hours 1515
Fuel tank capacity (gallons) 48
Water tank capacity (gallons) 152
Holding tank capacity (gallons) 45


A 5” high bridgedeck keeps cockpit water from sloshing into the interior yet is easy to step over.  Removable, hinged varnished teak doors are fitted with louvers, screens, and sliding acrylic closures.  A custom padded storage bag holds these doors when removed.  Side guideways hold washboards in rough weather.  A smoked acrylic sliding hatch has teak handle/trim aft.  The teak companionway ladder has four steps with black rubber non-skid pads.  Varnished teak handrails on each side of the companionway are fitted for security. 

Catnip’s interior is equally elegant and functional.  The condition is remarkable given the age of this yacht: clean, odor free, without stains or significant scratches or dings.  The balance of white surfaces and satin varnished teak results in a bright, durable, yet pleasing living space.   Ample solid, satin-varnished teak trim and framing combines with large panel teak veneers.  White gel-coat fiberglass moldings are used for overhead, seat bases, head pan, and other sensible structures.  Galley and cabinet bases are white laminate marine plywood.  Cabin door frames are arched and solid teak.  Doors are solid teak frames with veneer panels.  Drawer fronts have finger holes to access brass elbow catches.  Teak fiddles surround counters and shelves.  The cabin sole adjacent the companionway is removable teak slat/grates allowing any water to flow directly to the bilge.  Forward the sole is teak/holy veneer marine plywood. 

Interior fittings are of high quality and well-conceived.   Overhead dome lights are wall-switched.  Reading lights and countertop florescent lights are well placed.  Overhead hatches are fitted with hinged, teak frame bug screens.  Opening cabinside ports are fitted with curtains and removable screens.  Cushions and mattresses are covered durable light blue upholstery.  110V duplex outlets are located in each space.  Headroom measures 6’ 6” below the highly cambered cabin top, decreasing to 6’ 3” further outboard measured at the galley. 

The outboard-facing navigation station is to starboard of the companionway.  A flip up 20” x 14” seat has an upholstered cushion.  The chart table measures 29” x 44” and has a hinged chart drawer below the table.  An open 29” long by 12” deep bookshelf is along the aft bulkhead above a locker with smoked acrylic sliders.  A top opening is just forward of the bookshelve.  Two drawers and a front opening bin are below the chart table.  Nav/com electronics and electrical switch panel are outboard.  A black flexible arm red/white nav light and battery-power LED lights illuminate this work area.  A 14” wide by 48” tall hanging locker is aft of the seat.  Pencil holder, 110V duplex outlet, and opening side port complete this nav station. 

A quarterberth is to starboard of the companionway.  The bunk measures 77” long by 45” forward by 35” aft.  Two underdeck cabinets are outboard and a 38” x 8” open shelf is inboard of the bunk.  The fuel tank, two drawers, and open bin are beneath the bunk.  Two opening ports, a 110V duplex outlet, teak binocular rack, teak handheld VHF rack, and dome light, and hull side teak staving finish off this space.  Hinged, bifold shutters and door close this aft nav/quarterberth area from the forward spaces when privacy is desired. 

The salon is well designed for dining, lounging, or sleeping.  An “L”-shaped settee is to port and measures 76” long by 46”.   A water tank is below the seat and bin storage is behind the seatback.  Lockers with shelves flank an open bookshelf above/outboard of the seatback.  A satin varnished teak drop leaf table measures 48” wide by 44” long when fully open providing space for six to dine.  Top opening bins are fitted in the table center.  The starboard settee measures 74” long.  Upholstery is light blue, durable and pleasing to the eye.  Bins and outboard of the seatback.  A cabinet with shelves is outboard of the seat, below the deck edge, forward.  The stereo system is flush mounted above a bookshelf.  Next aft is a 24” wide by 36” tall hanging locker.  Finishing this space are: teak magazine rack, CO alarm, dome light, four reading lights, an overhead hatch, four opening ports, and two 110V duplex outlets. 

The galley is “U” shaped and just aft of the salon to starboard.  Ample counter and cabinet space holds galleyware and provisions for weeks of cruising.  Forward and outboard, is gimballed stove/oven with stainless steel crash bar.  A cabinet for pots and pans is below the stove.  Outboard of the stove is a cabinet with sliding smoked-acrylic doors.  A top-loading, well insulated fridge is aft of the stove.   A bank of four drawers is aft.  Two overhead cabinets with smoked acrylic sliders are above the sink and aft counter.  The large sink is located on centerline for proper draining at any heel angle.  A storage cabinet is below the sink.  A hinge-out trash bin is forward of the sink.  An overhead dome light, two florescent undercabinet lights and a battery powered LED light illuminate work surfaces.  110V duplex outlet, cowl vent, overhead hatch and two towel bars complete this galley. 

  • Force Ten three burner stove/oven with broiler 
  • Teak-trimmed, white Formica stove cover; stores behind the stove when not in use 
  • 6 Cubic foot fridge with acrylic shelf and vertical oriented “O” evaporator (freeze inside of evaporator) 
  • Dometic Model CU-100 12V aircooled refrigeration compressor 
  • LaCrosse remote reading digital thermometer for refrigerator box 
  • Wolter Systems on demand propane hot water heater 
  • Megatech 12V propane gas control switch/solenoid 
  • Aquameter Scentry 415B gas vapor detector alarm 
  • Knifeblock inset into galley counter 
  • Stainless steel double sinks measuring 12” x 12” x 8” deep and 12” x 9” x 8” deep 
  • Moen single lever hot/cold freshwater faucet 
  • General Ecology Seagull drinking water filter with dedicated spigot at sink 
  • Whale hand pump for fridge box 
  • Whale Mk IV popup saltwater foot pump 
  • Whale MK IV popup freshwater foot pump (hoses disconnected and plugged) 

The forward stateroom is entered through a locking privacy door to starboard in the main bulkhead.  A 77” long by 35” wide forward by 52” wide aft, pullman berth is to port.  The mattress is 6” thick.  A water tank, bins and two drawers are below the bunk.  Two cabinets with shelves and an open bookshelf are above the bunk, below the deck edge.  An open bookshelf is forward.  To starboard and all the way forward is a 26” wide by 62” tall hanging locker with bins outboard.  Passing through the hanging locker, one can view the bow thruster, mast base, and chain bins.  A vanity with 11” x 8” x 5” deep stainless-steel sink, faucet, medicine cabinet with mirrored sliding doors and storage cabinets below the sink is forward along the starboard hull side.  A tall dresser with six drawers and one cabinet is aft to starboard.  A towel ring and bar, florescent bar light, overhead dome light, overhead hatch, two reading lights, opening port, and two cowl vents complete this stateroom. 

The head and shower are located to starboard adjacent the galley.  Entrance is through two locking doors.  One aft into the stall shower, and one from forward into the head.  A vanity with stainless steel oval sink, storage cabinet, two drawers, and mirror are on the forward bulkhead.   The electric flush head is outboard.  A cabinet with smoked acrylic sliding doors is outboard below the side deck.  Aft is the stall shower with spray nozzle, hose, holder and mixer valve.  A fold down teak seat allows standing or seated showering.  Removable teak slats cover a drain pan in the head and shower.  An overboard drain pump pumps shower water overboard.  Dome lights, task light, overhead hatch, opening port, 110V outlet, towel bar and ring, and soap dispenser holder are fitted to this highly functional space. 


Catnip’s hull sides are painted with white linear polyurethane paint.  A two inch high sea mist green boot stripe runs along the waterline over the light green antifouling paint.  A 2” wide teak rub rail is capped with stainless steel and secured the hull sides 8” below the caprail.  An 8” tall sea mist green sheer stripe extends below the caprail to the teak rub rail.  The bow is nearly plumb and wide transom is vertical.  The bow platform is fabricated from stainless steel tubing and teak slats.  The wide transom is vertical.  A custom fiberglass swim platform is fitted to the transom.  A swim ladder and steps to the deck make this platform highly functional and complement the dinghy davits. 

A 3” high by 3” wide raised bulwark surrounds the deck.  A low profile aluminum cap rail sits atop the bulwark and sandwiches a white rubber upper rub rail fully protecting the hull sides from pilings.  25” high uncoated wire double lifelines run between stainless steel stanchions around the deck for security.  Stanchions are mounted in cast aluminum sockets bolted to the inboard bulwark side.  Boarding gates are fitted midships on each side and at the transom.  The decks are white gel coat with molded in nonskid.  Gutters on each side deck drain water below the waterline to prevent hull side streaking.  The raised cabin is highly cambered in true Mark Ellis style.  Teak handrails are fitted on each side of the cabintop.  Side decks are wide and uncluttered. 

Catnip’s cockpit is huge for a 36’ boat, taking advantage of the wide stern.  The cockpit dodger protects the companionway and extends far enough over the seats to shelter two crew on each side from rain or spray.  The seats measure 77” long by 23” wide with 15” high backs.  White mesh cockpit seat cushions are stored in the quarter berth.  The 66” wide by 15” deep helm seat is slightly raised above the side seats.  A raised helm seat with varnished teak slats aft of the helm allows good seated visibility over the cabintop.  A removable platform with varnished teak slats allows an average height helmsman standing visibility over the dodger.  A varnished teak, drop leaf cockpit table fold up from the pedestal.  A varnished teak drink holder is mounted on the pedestal guard. 

Deck accessible storage is found accessed through two hatches in below the cockpit seats.  To port a 15” x 34” opening hatch accesses a large storage locker with shelves and the DC genset.  To starboard, a 15” x 29” opening hatch accesses a divided storage locker, steering, diesel furnace, refrigeration compressor, engine, raw water sea strainer, and batteries.  Beneath the helm seat is a gas locker with three propane bottles. 

  • Custom white fiberglass swim platform with grab rails 
  • Stainless steel foldover swim ladder with four teak steps 
  • Two steps from boarding ladder to cockpit 
  • Ocean Marine Systems tubular stainless steel dinghy davits with 4:1 and 6:1 tackles and cam cleats 
  • 2022 Achilles Model HB315LX rigid bottom inflatable 
  • 2022 Torquedo electric outboard engine with padded carry/storage bag 
  • Torquedo Travel Spare Parts Kit 
  • (4) 10” Marinium cast aluminum mooring cleats forward and aft 
  • (2) 8” Marinium cast aluminum mooring cleats mideshps 
  • (6) Cast aluminum closed chocks atop bulwark adjacent mooring cleats 
  • Cast aluminum cruciform bit atop stemhead 
  • (2) Bow rollers with stainless steel cheeks 
  • 20kg Bruce primary anchor with stainless steel swivel, 230’ of galvanized chain and 150’ of three strand nylon rode 
  • Danforth secondary anchor and rode 
  • Maxwell vertical capstan 12V anchor windlass with line handling gypsy head and up/down foot buttons on bow 
  • Scanmar AR200 anchor retrieval system 
  • Atkins & Hoyle 21” x 21” deck hatch over forward stateroom 
  • Atkins & Hoyle 25” x 25” deck hatch over salon 
  • Atkins & Hoyle 18” x 13” deck hatch over galley 
  • Atkins & Hoyle 18” x 13” deck hatch over head 
  • (9) Atkins & Hoyle 12” x 5” opening cabinside ports with screens 
  • (4) 8” Stainless steel cowl vents mounted on teak dorade boxes with acrylic tops 
  • Seafoam Green yacht acrylic cockpit dodger with side handrails, opening center window and window covers 
  • Varnished teak flags staff with US ensign and mounting socket atop dinghy davit 
  • Boat brush, mop, bucket, and cleaning products stored in two Rubbermaid totes 
  • Aluminum telescoping boathook 
  • Fenders and docklines 
  • Danfender FenderStep 
  • The Crusher! Aluminum beverage can crusher mounted below starboard cockpit locker hatch 
  • Padded storage bag for companionway doors 
  • Green canvas cover for steering pedestal 
  • Manoverboard Lifesling in white soft rail mounting case 
  • (2) Adventurer 26 inflatable lifejackets with (2) recharge kits 
  • Webbing harness and (4) tethers 
  • Blue webbing jacklines 


  • Aluminum unstayed mast and aluminum wishbone boom 
  • Ballard Sails Hydranet radial cut mainsail with two reef points 
  • Evolution Sails drop/lazy bag hung below wishbone boom 
  • Tides Marine low friction Strong Track system for mainsail luff slides 
  • Dyneema mainsail halyard 
  • Spare mainsail halyard 
  • Barient ST28 two speed electric self-tailing winch on port cockpit coaming for mainsail halyard and mainsheet 
  • (2) Barient ST22-39 winches on starboard coachroof for reef lines, topping lift, and boom chocker 
  • (7) Rope clutches and (5) cleats on coachroof top 
  • 2:1 Mainsheet with Schaefer blocks and rope clutch on port coaming 
  • (3) Barient winch handles 
  • Masthead Windex wind direction arrow 
  • Foredeck and steaming light 
  • Tricolor and anchor light on masthead 
  • Red canvas bosun’s chair 
  • Black Diamond XL climbing harness 
  • Ditty Bag with sail repair tape, twine, needles, palms, and leather 


The propulsion and auxiliary systems on this boat feature well installed, quality components suitable for extended cruising in the Pacific Northwest. The engine is a 55 hp Yanmar with “V” drive transmission.  A removable panel below the companionway accesses the transmission and shaft seal.  A dome light is on the starboard side bulkhead.  Lube oil and transmission oil levels can be checked from this opening.  A gasketed and guttered 24” x 36” hatch in the cockpit sole opens atop the engine providing light and full access for maintenance.  Climbing into the cockpit lockers also affords access to belts, raw water pump and other engine components without opening the cockpit sole. 

A DC genset is located in the port cockpit locker.  This unit will charge batteries without putting needless/inefficient hours on the propulsion engine. 

  • Yanmar model 4JH-TE 55 hp at 3600 rpm turbocharged diesel engine (1515 hours) 
  • Yanmar “C” panel with tachometer, oil pressure, water temperature and engine hours recess mounted in starboard cockpit coaming with hinged acrylic cover 
  • Hurth model HBW 150V-2R marine transmission 
  • 1-1/8” Stainless steel propellor shaft with PSS shaft seal 
  • Drivesaver shaft coupling 
  • Maxprop three blade feathering propellor 
  • Maxprop grease gun kit 
  • Spare two blade bronze sailor propellor 
  • (2) Racor 500FG primary fuel filters 
  • Racor primary fuel filter for DC genset 
  • 49 Gallon aluminum fuel tank under quarter berth 
  • Fuel tank level gage at engine panel 
  • Edson steering pedestal with dual engine/throttle levers 
  • Varnished teak trimmed stainless steel 32” steering wheel 
  • Emergency tiller 
  • Side Power model SE80/185T tunnel-mounted bow thruster 
  • Varnished teak drop leaf cockpit table mounted on steering pedestal 
  • All through hull valves are Forespar Marelon fiber reinforced plastic 
  • Whale Gusher 10 Pump MK3 manual bilge pump in cockpit 
  • Rule 3700 GPH bilge pump with float switch 
  • (3) Aluminum water tanks totaling 150 gallons 
  • Amtek filter cartridge with carbon element and hoses for removing chlorine and floride from city water when water tanks 
  • Flojet model 04305500 3.3 gpm water pressure pump with Groco PST-1 pressure accumulator tank 
  • Par model 37205 2.3 gpm diaphragm style shower drain pump 
  • Dometic electric flush head – currently plumbed to fresh water 
  • 40-gallon stainless steel holding tank with level indicator 
  • Jabsco macerator pump for holding tank overboard discharge 
  • Jabsco Model 37205 12V shower drain overboard pump 
  • Weema water and holding tank level indicating system 
  • American Made model AMDP1 5.0 gpm salt water pump for anchor chain rinsing 
  • Fireboy Model 70CG Halon 1301 automatic fire extinguisher mounted above engine 
  • Espar model D5WS hydronic diesel heating system 
  • (3) Worthington 10 lb propane tanks 
  • Miscellaneous engine spares 
  • (4) Propellor shaft zincs & (3) Maxprop zincs 
  • Weems & Plath Xenon distress strobe 
  • Tapered wood plugs 
  • GE 20 pint per hour 110V dehumidifier 
  • Vornado VHZ 110V space heater 


  • Garmin Gmr 18 HD+ dome radar on mast 
  • Garmin GPS Map 741 chartplotter/radar at nav station 
  • B&G hydraulic autopilot drive 
  • B&G Hyrda Pilot control head on steering pedestal 
  • B&G wired remote autopilot control 
  • B&G Hydra II multi on steering pedestal 
  • B&G Hydra 330 multi at companionway 
  • B&G analog wind direction display at companionway 
  • Ritchie 5” Powerdamp compass on steering pedestal 
  • Standard Horizon Matrix AIS/GPS VHF radio at nav station 
  • Icom IC-M88 handheld VHF radio 
  • Boston 4” clock and barometer set on main bulkhead 
  • Reinke inclinometer at base at companionway bridgedeck 
  • Davis radar reflector on mast 
  • Davis emergency radar reflector 
  • Safety Blaster manual air horn 
  • 8” brass ship’s bell 
  • Sony model MEX65610BT 55 watt x 4 channel stereo with CD, AM/FM, Blue Tooth, & Sirius XM ready with wireless remote control 
  • Pioneer GM-100 stereo amplifier 
  • Sound Ordnance M75 x 4 stereo amplifier 
  • (2) JBL Concept 1 plus box speakers in salon 
  • JBL Control SB-1 subwoofer under forward salon settee 
  • (2) 6” round stereo speakers in cockpit -aft coaming with waterproof inspection port covers 


  • (6) Lifeline GPL-4CT-2V AGM batteries connected in serious for 660 amp hours 12V bank 
  • Lifeline GPL-27T AGM bow thruster/windlass battery in bow 
  • Balmar Digital Duo Charge for charging bow thruster battery 
  • Ample Power Genie 150 amp DC diesel generator with Kubota EL300E diesel engine 
  • Magnum MS2012 2000 watt 60 hz inverter/100 amp 12V charger with remote control panel 
  • 80 amp 12V engine alternator 
  • AC/DC switch/breaker panel with analog 12V and 120V volt and amp meters 

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