for sale 

Nonsuch 36

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Surprising upwind, unbelievable off the wind. It is truly performance cruising at its best. The NS36 is self-tacking, easy to sail and reef from the cockpit. It has 6'8" headroom throughout and loads of personal space and storage. The interior is beautifully crafted with teak and is very light and airy. Without stays it is easy to walk around on deck. There are many recent upgrades and enhancements making this a sail-away package. Pumpkin has been lovingly maintained with most of her winters being spent inside. This is your chance to own one of the seventy NS36s built and save some brokerage commission. She is a remarkable vessel in every respect and available for inspection in Westport, CT.
There is an active Nonsuch association with over 600 members, sources for parts, and advice from actual Hinterhoeller employees. Yearly rendezvous and regular newsletter.
The Nonsuch Sailing Experience
This is our 5th boat in 20 years of sailing. The others were a 26' S2, 30' S2, Gulfstar 37, and a CS 36. Without question Pumpkin is the best sailing of them all. A friend of mine remarked that everytime he sees a Nonsuch it is sailing, seldom motoring. That's because they really sail well. We ghost along in 3-4 kt breezes and crack 8 kts in 16 kts true. Does it point? Recently we really put her to this test and kept remarkably close to a Cal 39. After he doused his sail and motored into the harbor, we continued to sail all the way in. Off the wind we regularly pass 46-50 footers. There's nothing like 750 feet of sail permanently polled out. There's never any sail changing or chute drill. With the true wind above 18 we reef comfortably from the cockpit. She performs best at lower heel angles than most boats, less than 20 degrees. The sail trims like a jib, even though it is called a main sail and a single main sheet winch does it all. Wait until you tack it the first time. There's nothing to do but steer. Long Island Sound PHRF is 159.
Hull # 16, 1984
Located in Westport, CT
Builder - Hinterhoeller
Designer - Mark Ellis
LOA - 36'
Draft - 5' 6"
Displacement - 17,000 lb
Sail area - 750 sq. ft.
Water - 110 gal in 2 tanks
Autoprop - 3 blade feathering (2)
Beam: 12' 8"
Waste - 40 gal
Diesel - 40 gal
Engine - 58 HP Westerbeke
Cruising speed - 7kts
LWL - 33' 9"
Price: reduced to $124,500
Gary Schwartz
203-791-9511 weekday
203-762-8972 eve/weekends
[email protected]
Let me highlight some of the wonderful features. You'll find additional details and a complete (exhaustive) equipment inventory below. Note that an astrisk ( * ) indicates improvements within the past 3 seasons.


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The cockpit is spacious and one of the few with settees big enough to sleep on. The new dodger* has about 5'8" of headroom and special optically clear polycarbonate windows that never yellow. It's tan color is much cooler than the darker shades. Steering is one finger or the wonderfully robust Alpha 3000 autopilot. Often we'll take the handheld remote and sit on top of the cabin top dodging those pervasive lobster pots. (We do have a line cutter on the shaft). The two lockers are cavernous and have a shelf and storage bins. You access the engine through these two and it's super easy with plenty of space to work. There's an additional engine and battery access panel behind the companionway stairs. The rear lazarette houses the propane stuff. It is a sealed locker with an overboard drain. We created a 3 valve manifold* to control propane to each appliance, replaced all the propane tubing and added two new 10 lb tanks. The original propane installation wouldn't meet USCG requirements because there was a "splitter" in the bilge area. The new installation has an individual tube running from each device back into the sealed propane locker. There's also enough room to safely store a few disposable cylinders for the grill.
Teak destroyer wheel
Ritchie compass
2 - 10lb propane tanks*
3-valve propane manifold*
Propane system to USCG specs*
Datamarine wind, depth, speed
Barient ### main halyard winch
Barient ### winch
Swim ladder with teak steps.
Louvered teak doors
Manual bilge pump
Alpha 3000 autopilot and remote
Barient ### main sheet winch


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Port side Main Salon
Main Salon
The main salon has plenty of room to stretch out and read a book or gather around the table. Often I prop the pillow on the stbd side while my wife curls up on the port settee. I've been known to fall asleep on the very comfy and newly redone Ultra-suede (brand) upholstery* and new foam cushions.* They're also oil, grease, and sweat proof. There are numerous reading lamps, and a light in each of the open storage areas. There are storage lockers behind all the cane-front doors you see in the pictures and storage bins behind each settee. Under the little part of the "L" there is a locker. (One of the two 55 gal water tanks is under the port settee) The table has two drop leaves. It reaches the stbd side so that the guests can truly sit back in the settee and be comfortable. You'll notice a couple of oil lamps and overhead lights to set the mood.
A large overhead hatch with teak-trimmed drop screen and 5 opening ports/screens add abundant light and ventillation. The headroom will astound you. Two cane covered lockers flank a lit entertainment center with CD./stereo*.
Behind the stbd settee is a storage locker. Above it and forward is a cane-front locker next to the lit open reading rack. Behind the aft cane door (would you believe) is a full size hanging locker. Underneath this settee is a huge full size compartment. I can't remember how many cases of wine it will accommodate. Some use it for an additional 55 gallon water tank.
Teak trim/ screen hatch
5 opening / screen ports
2 overhead lights
4 reading lamps
Tide clock*
Drop leaf table with storage
Bilge and holding tank access
2 oil lamps
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Starboard side Main Salon

My wife loves the galley. It has lots of storage and useful workspace. A deep double sink and limitless propane hot water at any time are wonderful. The large cooler outboard ( and thankfully not anywhere near the engine ) has a double lifting door. It is equipped with the fantastic SeaFrost cold plate refrigeration. (No batteries required!) The new compressor is mounted on the engine. Forty minutes in the morning and in the evening keeps everything cool even in 95 degree weather. We can attest to that. It makes two trays of ice cubes at a time. Talk about nice. There is the shore power unit that keeps the refrig cold during the week. If you can't plug in during the week, put the food in when you start out and 30-40 minutes later its cold. There is a 3 burner stove and oven with a cutting board top. You stow the board in a special track when using the stove top. There are three drawers, under sink storage, and under oven storage, too. Oh, yes. How about a heater for the cooler mornings. Fully thermostatically controlled.

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Sea Frost coldplate engine driven refrigeration (new compressor*)
Sea Frost shore power assist unit.
Two overhead lights, two under counter lights
Overhead hatch & screen
Opening port with screen
3 Burner gimbaled propane stove and oven
Palomar propane hot water heater
Cat cabin heater
Propane safety switch


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Nav station
Companionway & Nav Station:
Easy angled stairs take you below to the most spacious interior you will ever find in a boat shorter than 40 feet. Even the 40 footers don't have 6'8" headroom throughout. All the overhead hatches ( salon, forward berth, head, galley ) have lovely interior teak trimmed and permanent drop-down screens. There are 10 opening ports with screens throughout the boat. The floor is teak and holly with the exception of just under the companionway. That is a wonderful grate that lets any water drain off.
The NAV station has large opening drawers and chart storage plus a big wet locker just beside the seat. The electrical panel and radar occupy the walls.
Chart Light
Wet locker & bin storage
Deep chart storage
Two deep drawers
Storage compartment
Opening port and screen
Quarter Berth - Second Stateroom
Opposite the nav station is the large double quarter berth with two shelves and a reading lamp, two opening ports with screens. Unique to this design is a set of louvered doors that, when closed, make this area into a separate room. A second door to the head really makes it provate. There are two drawers underneath and the fuel tank is also below. The bed is all new foam and covered in an unusual soft Sunbrella*. When not used as a berth, you can throw your wet things in there without worry. A reading lamp is provided.
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Quarter berth


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Head & Stall shower
When you put the head midships, you can really get some room. There is a separate stand-up shower with a seat and a storage compartment. There are two shower mounts on the wall so you can use it like home. Slide back the curtain to expose the rest of the head. There's plenty of storage above the toilet, drawers, and below the sink. In front of the sink is a large mirror. For illumination there's the overhead hatch, opening port and a fluorescent light. The whole boat in fact, is really well illuminated. (The funny yellow color you see in some of the pictures is due to the fluorescent lighting. There is NO counter discoloration.) There's a new Raritan PH2 head*. We replaced all the head hoses* and got rid of the multitude of holding tank valves*. There's only one - either direct over board or into the holding tank. You don't have to do anything to use either the deck pump out or electric macerator pump. Also novel is a simple fresh water rinse system to keep that foul smell from entering the boat and the holding tank*. This also makes winterization in a snap. The secret is to rinse the head intake with fresh water if the boat is laid up for a few days. That's what our modification does.

Sureflow pressure water pump*
Dual hot and cold accumulator tanks*
Par diaphragm shower sump & switch
Opening hatch with screen
Opening port with screen
Light in head and in shower
Louvered ventilated head door
DOB /pumpout /macerator

Forward Owners Stateroom:
The master berth is huge by any standards. The double berth is long. A new seamless custom latex mattress* really provides a good night's sleep. It looks like a conventional home mattress but has a waterproof bottom so dampness won't attack it. There are a couple of shelves. The door under the foremost shelf accesses a large storage compartment. We put the scuba stuff, the cold weather clothes, extra blankets, etc in there. The door with the louvers opens to a full size hanging locker with a light and storage bins. Behind it is another full size hanging locker and mast access. And through that is anchor well access. Two people can get dressed at the same time in this room. The great vanity has a light over it and plenty of storage behind the mirrored sliding doors. Under the sink is plenty of storage space. What a pleasure to read in this berth at the end of the day. Under the bunk are two sliding drawers and the second 55 gallon water tank. A teak screened overhead hatch and front opening port allow ample breeze. A fan provides the artificial breeze when needed.
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Owners Stateroom
Owners Stateroom - Vanity
Two drawers
Overhead light
Overhead opening hatch & screen
Dual reading lamps
Vanity sink & storage
Sliding mirrored storage
Under counter light
Custom latex mattress*
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Owners Stateroom
Deck & rigging:
There are port and stbd lifeline gates and a rear fold down swim ladder with teak steps. Up forward is the back saver - the Simpson Lawrence electric windlass and an oversize CQR. There's a double bow roller and a second hawspipe with a chain/nylon combo rode.
We've replaced most of the blocks with oversize Garhauer units*. Where we couldn't replace them, Garhauer put in new sheaves for us*. The topping lift was upgraded* from a 4:1 to a new 5:1 and the single strap eyes on the boom's stbd side were replaced with double loop eyes* to substantially reduce the reefing friction. The sail, by the way, has a Schaeffer block at each clew reef point. Since all the lines run down the boom to the deck and back to the cockpit, reducing friction makes the job much easier. All the winches are self-tailors. The main halyard winch is so big that my 105 lb. wife can crank me up the mast. The masthead sheave was replaced* with a special bearing unit from Murray Cressman. There is also a spare sheave and a reeving line in place should you need it. The halyard winch has a stopper so you can use the winch for the tack reef lines. We've found that you only need the winch for the clew reef lines. On the stbd side of the cabin top there are 4 sheet stoppers and one winch. Two lines handle the clew reef lines, one is the choker (outhaul and very important), and the last is the topping lift. On the stbd coaming is the single sheet winch.
We added a Doyle StackPack* to our existing fairly new sail. For the uninitiated that's a $3000 addition! The result is in the picture. Beautiful at anchor it has a single zipper on top. Open it up, attach the halyard and up she goes. The pack is part of the sail. At the end of the day, point into the wind and it drops into its permanent pocket. Then just zip it up. Without the stack pack you wrestle with 750 square foot, about 100 lbs) of Nonsuch sail. It has to be lifted up to get the cover on and flaked beforehand. All that disappears with the StackPack. In rough seas the sail is contained in the pocket without zippering. Gone are those indiscriminate four letter words.
What have we forgotten? Ah, the mechanical things. The engine is the optional 58HP, not the 52HP, Westerbeke. We put a new 3 blade feathering Autoprop on it*. This added about one-half knot to the sailing speed. You can comfortably cruise under power at 7 kts all day. There's two batteries and a dual bank Newmar charger. You get the spare two blade prop and the old sail, too. Make sure you notice the teak wheel. Nice on those cool days, not to mention the look of it.
We invite you to come have a look at her now before the ugly winter covering goes on. If you have a question, please contact us. We'll even tell you why we're selling.
Simpson Lawrence electric windlass
40 lb CQR with 150' chain
Second hawspipe with spare chain/rode.
Double bow roller
Sampson post
Teak bowsprit
Double lifelines
Port and stbd opening gates
Freestanding tapered aluminum spar
2 batteries ( one new*)

4 opening hatches
10 opening ports
Fabulous non-skid
Teak grab rails
Deck drains routed to waterline ( eliminates black streaks )
Two water tank fills
Fuel fill
Waste pump out