The CS 34 is a small 33ft 6in/10.2m recreational keel boat first produced in 1989 by Canadian Sailcraft (CS Yachts). It was an innovate sailboat at that time and one of the last models created by CS Yachts. Built in Brampton, Ontario. CS Yachts closed in 1992.

The CS 34 sailboat is based off the MG 355 design by Tony Castro, offered for sale by Northshore Yachts in the UK. The CS 34 is mostly based on the MG 355 but has a taller mast, with masthead rig, higher displacement and a different window design.

Overall length: 33 ft 6 in (10.2 metres)
Waterline length: 27 ft 8 in (8.4 metres)
Beam: 11 ft 3 in (3.4 metres)
Mast bridge clearance: 43 ft 0 in (13.1 metres)
Displacement: 10,500 lbs (4,800 kg)
Shoal keel draft salt water: 4 ft 6 in (1.4 metres)
Shoal keel draft fresh water: 5 ft 0 in (1.5 metres)

Fresh water tanks: 2 x 30 gallons (227 litres)
Fuel tank: 30 gallons (113 litres)
Holding tank: 20 gallons (75 litres)

I: 43.0 ft
J: 13.5 ft
P: 37.4 ft
E: 13.0 ft

Universal M4-30 engine: 25 hp
Universal M3-20 engine: 18 hp
Yanmar 2GM20: 18 hp

For a sailboat of this time and size it has some interesting features and innovations:

  • Sugar scoop transom
  • Two separate cabins
  • Separate shower
  • 6′ 3″ interior headroom
  • Heated wet locker
  • Horseshoe shaped galley
  • Plenty of ventilation through fourteen opening ports and hatches
  • Deck line cover to hide and protect lines leading aft to cockpit
  • Fiberglass re-enforced plastic (FRP) construction of the hull, deck and cabin superstructure. One-piece shell with a drop in FRP inner liner, which forms a lower structural grid. Tabbed in transverse plywood bulkheads complete the hull structure. 
  • Hull is solid to the waterline and then balsa cored to the toe rail.
  • Hull protected with CS Yachts latest osmosis protection system (polyvinyl resin under gelcoat, four coats of epoxy over gelcoat before antifoulant applied)

CS34 launch at the Toronto Boat Show in 1989
Photos used with permission from Thank you Wilson!

Approximately 64 CS34 sailboats were built by CS Yachts, hull numbers range between 8220 and 8284.

Original CS34 Standard Options

  • Welded stainless stemhead roller
  • Anchor well
  • Alloy toerail with mid-deck fairlead
  • Two fore-hatches
  • Teak or stainless handrails on coachroof
  • Plexiglass mainhatch
  • Coachroof traveller with control lines
  • Ergonomically designed cockpit
  • Wheel steering (42″ wheel) with brake, guard and pedestal mounted engine controls
  • Emergency tiller
  • Two Lewmar 43AST primary winches
  • Two Lewmar 30AST halyard/secondary winches
  • Two genoa foot blocks
  • Six coachroof Spinlocks
  • Two inboard genoa tracks with one car on each track
  • Double spreader, deck stepped mast with internal electrical conduit and boom
  • 1/19 S/S wire standing rigging
  • Boom vang
  • Single line reefing on boom
  • Halyards led after under covers to cockpit
  • Forward, amidship and aft fairleads with fore and aft mooring cleats
  • Two cockpit lockers
  • Double rail, bow pulpit and stern pushpit with access to swim platform
  • Pedestal mounted compass with light
  • Swim platform with ladder
  • Upper and lower lifelines
  • Binned lockers under forepeak

  • Seven berths in three cabins
  • 6’4″ headroom
  • 5″ berth cushions
  • Teak and ash cabin sole
  • Two burner Force Ten propane stove with oven
  • Double custom deep sinks in galley
  • Two ice boxes, galley and under chart table
  • Waste basket
  • Teak chart table
  • Red night lighting
  • Aft marine head with holding tank
  • Separate shower stall
  • Hold and cold pressurized water systems
  • Hot water supplied by 110 volt and engine heat exchanger
  • Two hanging lockers
  • Wet locker
  • Side opening ports for ventilation
  • Racor water/fuel separator
  • Twin batteries (one engine, one “house”) with isolator, switch, distribution panel
  • Electric bilge pump
  • Manual bilge pump
  • 29 gallon fuel tank
  • Two 30 gallon water tanks
  • Balsa sandwich in topsides and deck
  • Ball valves on all underwater through-hull fittings
  • 110 volt shore power with 10 amp charger
  • Boot-top and shear stripe
  • Combination steaming and deck light
  • 5 year limited warranty on hull
  • Wire drop-board holder
  • 2 propane bottle wells with overboard drain

Engine can either be a 25hp Universal or 17hp Yanmar.

CS34 Owners Manual

The CS34 was one of the last sailboats produced by Canadian Sailcraft (CS). Unfortunately there never was a user manual produced for the CS34 Sailboat. This page will provide you with some information about the boat. I’m always looking for assistance, if you have information on the CS34 Sailboat you think would be useful to share with others, please send to me and I will format and post it here for everyone.

CS34 Owners Manual

Feel free to add a comment to request additional info, I like researching this info and have a few contacts that know a lot about these boats.

Online Resources

  • CSOA – online message system with close to a thousand members with 20,000+ messages specific to CS yachts going back to the year 2000.
  • CS Yacht Owners Association – some great information, best resource is the people who participate in the mailing list server (yahoo)
  • CS Yacht Owners West – limited information
  • Holland Marine – still has many CS parts available for sale
  • – provides detailed information on all the parts found on the mast and boom. See my separate post CS34 Mast and Boom for details.
  • Cruisers Forum – not focused on CS sailboats, but lots of great information.

Things we have figured out

  1. Head and holding tank – bloated tank expanding with air
  2. Cheap portlight fix – ours started leaking
  3. Isomat boom – pulling it apart and changing the lines
  4. Lewmar traveller – pulling it apart and changing the lines
  5. Boom vang – pulling it apart and cleaning
  6. Removing mast for winter storage 
  7. Anchor research and purchase – decided on a Mantus
  8. CS34 Mast and Boom – some research on the mast and boom
  9. Accessing and cleaning the bilge
  10. Replacing all the running lines – replaced all our halyards and sheets, even added a few new ones.
  11. USB Charging station – added in v-birth
  12. Sailboat winterization – a list of things we need to do when we take the boat out of the water int he fall
  13. Spring recommissioning checklist – a list of things we need to do to put the boat back in the water in the spring
  14. Runnng rigging – how we rigged the lines on our boat.
  15. Standing rigging – info on the standing rigging on the CS34, my process and links to what the pros suggest.

Other CS34 Sailboats found

I’ve compiled a list along with prices here:
Other CS34 Sailboats

Additional sailboat information collected