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1981 Canadian Sailcraft CS 33 Motivated Owner

  • 33 ft
  • Sloop
  • Stuart, FL, US

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33' Canadian Sailcraft CS 33 1981
We are pleased to present this recently refitted classic CS 33.
Her owner new owner has decided to find new accommodations closer to his place of work. 
He is highly motivated to find her a new owner and home.
Let his change in plans be your opportunity to own a great sailing vessel.
Allegro was thoroughly attended to in early 2017 with a haul out and the following:
  • Complete bottom job including fairing and anti fouling
  • New shaft, cutlass bearings and anodes
  • New backstay
  • Ispected all standing rigging and added all new turnbuckles
  • New masthead antenna
Additional Features
  • Bukh DV 24 upgraded in 1989
  • North Sails Roller Furling


Basic Information

Canadian Sailcraft
CS 33 Motivated Owner
Stuart, FL, US
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
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Dimensions & Weight

33 ft - 10.06 meter
32 ft 8 in - 9.96 meter
10 ft 8 in - 3.25 meter
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24 (Individual), 24 (combined)
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24 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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60 gallons - 1 tank(s)
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32 gallons - 1 tank(s)


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Builder Information
The CS 33 was designed by Ray Wall while he was working as the CS Yachts in-house designer and was modelled after the CS 36 (not to be confused with the CS 36 Merlin). CS Yachts Ltd. enjoyed great success with the CS 36 since its release in 1979, but it was a bit pricey for the market in 1981, so owner Paul Tennyson was looking for a boat that would be more affordable and would fill the gap between the popular CS 27 and the CS 36. With the lines essentially drawn, the task was fairly easy, and CS Yachts started to pump out CS 33s at a tremendous rate, producing almost 450 boats before the moulds were destroyed in 1987.

Hand-laid, solid laminate hulls with fiberglass, box-beam floor members supporting the keel and hull are common construction features of CS Yachts. The hull-deck joint is through bolted with an anodized aluminum toe rail and butyl tape between each layer of flanges. This butyl tape oozes continually and needs to be cleaned off annually, but it is an effective method of sealing the joint. All bulkheads in the CS 33 are walk-through and fiberglassed to the hull and deck all the way around. The CS 33 has a shallow bilge sump, but it is deep enough to collect any bilge water and, more importantly, it spreads the load from the keel evenly to the rest of the hull in the case of a severe grounding.

The hull shape itself is what makes the CS 33 very seakindly. It has deep chested shape forward of the keel extending right to the bow that smoothes entry in choppy seas. The bow stem angle is quite low, allowing the boat to cut through waves without throwing water back into the cockpit.

The keel is a high-aspect, externally bolted lead appendage. It is attached through almost two inches of solid fibreglass in the bilge. 
The rudder is hollow, with two stainless-steel bars jutting out from the lower part of the shaft. It is hung on a partial skeg and has a gudgeon and pintle attachment at the skeg. This design allows the lower third of the rudder to snap off if it is hit, thereby maintaining steerage even after such a disaster. 

Below decks, the CS 33 offers ample storage and true living comfort. CS uses a combination of fibreglass modules, aluminum trim, stainless supports, wicker and light vinyl to give the inside an airy look with attractive detailing.

The V-berth is 6'6" long with plenty of width. Storage is available in suede-covered fibreglass compartments directly above on each side and in dry bins underneath the V-berth. There are also sliding drawers made from solid ash with teak faces. Forward of the V berth is a small fo'c'sle or storage compartment directly beneath the locker. This can also be used for chain storage if you put a hawser pipe in the bottom of the anchor well; Wall designed the CS 33 so that it could carry the full weight of all chain ground tackle in the bow of the boat and still sit on its marks.

Moving aft, you pass through a small walkway and on the port side is a full-sized hanging locker that is lined with aromatic cedar. The door of the hanging locker doubles as a companionway door for the forward cabin and across from the hanging locker is the head compartment. The shower was offered as an option, but teak was not used in any of the CS 33 heads thereby keeping maintenance to a minimum.

The standard CS 33 came with large fixed windows, a sliding Lexan main hatch, and another overhead hatch in the middle, so the main saloon is very bright with ample ventilation. 
The starboard settee folds out to become a large double berth over 6'4" long. On the port side, there is a single berth with a footwell leading into the hanging locker. The footwell is a great idea but the average adult is bound to wake up with bruised ankles as the hole is quite small. Above, there are cupboards and shelves on each side. Each cupboard is completely finished inside and out with teak and wicker. 

The U-shaped galley comes standard with a two-burner propane stove with oven, a deep sink and pressure water. Above the stove there is ample cupboard space. There is a deep dry goods locker with a cutting board for a lid and a cupboard beneath a long drawer for cutlery.

The 6.3-cubic-foot ice box is big enough to accommodate a refrigeration unit with a deep freeze. The tankage on the CS 33 is high for a boat of this size, with 35 gallons of fresh water, but most CS 33 buyers opted to increase the fresh water tankage to 60 gallons, which requires a tank under each settee. The holding tank is 32 gallons, and the CS 33 carries a little over 20 gallons of fuel.

Continuing aft on the starboard side, there is a full-sized chart table and large navigation station that incorporates a wet hanging locker beside it. Miscellaneous storage in this area is immense; there is plenty of room under the chart table to add a shelf and dry bin storage under the navigator's seat.

Topsides and Rigging
CS always used stainless steel instead of wood above decks, which is a popular feature with owners who don't like a lot of maintenance. Since clutches were not around when the boat was designed, the lines are all led aft through sheet stoppers. The traveler is mounted on the coach house, which allows for full dodgers and enclosures while sailing. The foredeck is adequate for a 33-footer, and the anchor well is deep enough to carry one large, plow type anchor and one small Danforth. The bow casting incorporates a bow roller as well. The deck is easy to get around since the coach house is flat and the side decks are wide, and the long and deep cockpit's high coamings make the boat comfortable and dry. There are deep lockers in the cockpit to house the batteries and charger.


The CS 33 uses quarter-inch 1X19 stainless steel wire for mast support. 

The boom is sheeted to the coach house via a long mainsheet, which goes all the way forward to the goose neck and then back to a winch on the coach house. This arrangement works great for the cruiser. The boom has room for three reef lines and incorporates a four-to-one outhaul inside the extrusion.

The CS 33 is a great all-around performer. Its high-aspect rig configuration, combined with a high-aspect keel, helps the CS 33 claw to weather efficiently, and down wind the centre of effort is well aft, giving the helmsperson good control of the vessel. With its high ballast-to-displacement ratio of 43 percent, the boat is stiff and comes to life in heavy weather. The CS 33 is not a racer, but rather a performance cruiser. However, there are many CS 33s outfitted strictly for racing and they seem to do fine on the race course. The boat is easy to handle and the large cockpit gives everyone room to play.

The CS 33 is an excellent example of CS's commitment to quality. If you are looking for a seaworthy boat that will stand the test of time, then the CS 33 fits the bill.

Brokers Comment
Allegro is a sailor's style of boat. She is ready to go offshore now with her recent attention at the yard. Being a Canadian Sailcraft build her reputation is known by most people looking for a sloop.
Her current owner has paid attention to her interior making her a good boat to see.
Her owner is moving and will not be using her enough and he is looking for offers.
Come see if Allegro is your dreamboat.

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


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Disclaimer: Manatee Pocket Yacht Sales offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(6952319)