Corsair 36

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Introduced to the range to replace the aging 36' Conway family, this Ed Dubois design was an instant hit. Minor interior design problems were had with the first few models because only one heads were installed and difficulties in getting the aft cabin layout "right". They were also available in a ketch rig but few of these were made.

In 1986 the Corsair II was launched with a proper navigators seat and the introduction of the famous Westerly tiled worksurface in the Galley.

Sister yacht is the Oceanranger

Corsair 36 Statistics

Designer: Ed Dubois More Westerly pictures can be found on the Westerly Owners Web site
Keel: Fin
Cockpit: Centre
LOA (feet): 35' 8"
LWL (feet): 30' 5"
Beam (feet): 12' 6"
Draft (feet): 4' 11"
Displacement (lb): 15,500
Ballast (lb): 6,600
Berths: 8
Heads: 2
Rig: Sloop & Ketch - very few
Fuel (galls (UK)): 35
Main (sq. feet): Sloop 296 Ketch 231 + Mizzen 80.5,
No. 1 Genoa (sq. feet): Sloop 540, Ketch 523,
No 1 Jib (sq. feet): Sloop 328, Ketch 330,
Sail ID: CS
Water (galls (UK)):
Built: 1983 - 1986
Number Built: 106

The Corsair 36, Corsair II and Oceanranger Definitive Guide

A definitive guide to the Corsair 36, Corsair II and Oceanranger can be found on the Westerly Owners Association website here

Corsair Maintenance and Repair

More Pictures

Significant Passages

Year Boat Name Sail Number Passage
2007 Odyssee CS31 Houston to Charleston
2009 Odyssee CS31 Charleston to Bahamas and return
2010 Odyssee CS31 Charleston to Maine and return
2005 Equinox CS40 Maine to Florida
2006-2007 Equinox CS40 Florida through Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Peurto Rico, US and British Virgin Islands, Leeward and Windward Islands to Trinidad and return to Puerto Rico
2007 Equinox CS40 Puerto Rico to Bermuda
2007 Equinox CS40 Bermuda to Maine
2008 Equinox CS40 Maine to Nova Scotia/Cape Breton Island and return
2009 Equinox CS40 Beaufort NC to Puerto Rico
2009 Equinox CS40 Puerto Rico to Bonaire
2009-2011 Equinox CS40 ABC Islands, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala
2011 Equinox CS40 Belize to Dry Tortugas
2011 Equinox CS40 Florida to Bermuda
2011 Equinox CS40 Bermuda to the Azores
2011 Equinox CS40 Azores to Ireland

Owners Comments: Equinox

We had two unpleasant bits of weather. The first was south west of Bermuda in 2009 on the way to Puerto Rico when we got into a squish zone with 35 knots of wind and 15 foot seas while close hauled. The boat has never been wetter or been more uncomfortable but it sailed fine under triple reefed sails. The hatch over the forward head developed a crack after a large wave broke over the deck. The other bit of bad weather was on the way to Ireland in 2011 when we experienced a period of gales that lasted for five days. We were sailing anywhere from a close reach to almost a beam reach. It was uncomfortable but not as wet. The last day we came onto the continental shelf off Ireland and the waves increased in size from 15 to 20 feet to 25 to 30 feet with winds in the 35 to 40 knot range. It was uncomfortable and tiring. The boat rolled to to the point that the spreaders went in the water 3 times on the last day. We thought of heading more downwind toward England but we were less than a day out of Ireland and anxious to get there and the weather was due to get worse. Once in the lee of Ireland the seas and the wind diminished and the sailing became great. The boat did fine and nothing broke. The crew were glad to be in Ireland. We did have some engine problems in the Isles of Scilly.

The Corsair sails well. We were called the rocket ship by a fellow on a 38 foot Freedom in the Eastern Caribbean. That is a bit of an exaggeration but for an overloaded cruising boat we have no complaints. We stay with and pass many other cruising boat both our size and larger. Our best sail for speed was the sail from Belize to the Dry Tortugas. We had about 18 knots of wind on a close reach and had four days in a row covering 168 mile. We never have never sailed so fast for so long. There was no current to speak of. This was just boat speed.


Corsair II

To be developed

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