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Catalina 36
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Description: Catalina 36
Keywords: Catalina 36
 


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon December 23, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Sloop rig, wing keel, walk-through transom.
very roomy - great to sail -
needs more h.p.
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Review Date: Mon April 21, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
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Great bay or coastal boat. Very roomy inside. Light weight and very quick.

Queen size aft cabin with bench. U shaped table converts to queen bed. Three seat bench opposite dinette table converts to two seat table. V-birth. Using benchs and berths can sleep 8.

The boat is very light weight. In a stiff breeze, we are usually the first to reef. But reefed, we are still faster than most other 36s. Our mainsail has two reef points. We sail with a 120 head sail in winter and spring and a 150 in summer and fall.

Very good engine access. Everything on the boat is very easy to fix yourself.
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Review Date: Mon January 29, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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For the money, it's hard to beat the Catalina 36 for cruising in and around the Pacific Northwest. More useable storage than most boats larger by 6 feet, the layout and cabin space makes it a pleasure for a family of four to go for extended cruises in comfort and safety. I've owned other sailboats over my 40 years of sailing and this is by far the best.
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Review Date: Wed April 16, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My Catalina 36, Summer Wind II is hull #61 and just turned a golden 20 this year. I've owned her since new and love this boat. I've raced (and won many races, cruised (from the Great Lakes to the Bahamas), and lived aboard (for 3+ years). I even got married on her last year on the 4th of July. The boat has held up great and still has the original gel coat, Kubota 25 diesel, and sails. My 150 Genoa, is ready for replacing though. I had to put a few $$ into hull and engine maintenance this year but that is to be expected. I like the walk- thru transom of the MKII but prefer the open interior layout of mine. The boat is roomy, sails great and is very comfortable. What more can you ask from a Boat!
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Registered: March 2006
Location: VA
Posts: 2015
Review Date: Thu May 7, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Offers modern touches like a walk through transom without the exagerated beam of more recent designs, designed for easy owner mantainence, reasonable compromise of spaciousness and sailing performance.
Cons: I prefer an aft head design, the addition of textured fiberglass at the bottom of the companionway/galley area on the newer boats is a nice improvement when going below in wet foulies, Many if not all of these boats were equipped with the pathetic Hood c

Our C36 is a 1991 model which is among the early years to have a walk through transom. It still has a tapered stern and foward facing nav station. Later models moved the nav staion forward and faced it outboard to create a door to the aft bunk. The later boats also added portlights through the hull which were not an appealing feature for me. We sail either as a couple or with 2-4 guests comfortably. The U shaped settee is comfortable for dinner seating and converts to sleep 2 adults very comfortably and this is were we usually sleep if there are no guests. The V berth and aft berth also sleep 2 large adults comfortably though the aft cabin might stress those with claustophobic tendencies even though the sleeping area is quite large. They galley is functional but I would prefer more drawer storage. The game table provides the option to leave the main settee made up for sleeping and still have a place to sit inside to eat. There is excellent storage trips of a week or longer, with a hanging locker in the v-berth 4 drawers in the saloon, plus 4 cabinet lockers and various less accessable storage behind and beneath the seats and settees. Storage in the head is greater than some home bathrooms.

On deck the boat is laid out well for a couple to sail. On our boat we have to go to the mast to reef but everything else is in the cockpit. The boat starts to develop weather helm at around 17-18 knots and feels better with one reef in the main and full 150. We are only in our second season with this boat and haven't yet experienced winds above that range, but would take in some genny as the next step to reduce sail. The boat is a pleasure to sail but like most wing keel production boats doesn't love going downwind. We have a light air spinniker to help, but a whisker pole would be nice also.

The boats systems are fairly easy to access compared to other boats I've experienced which is great. Jobs like changing fuel filters are straight forward with good access. The systems are reasonably designed and parts and support are available.

All in all, you'd be hard pressed to chose a more versatile family oriented coastal cruiser in the 36 foot size range. The late MKI's (sometimes refered to as MK 1.5's) offer most of the spaciousness of the later designs while retaining a more traditional look. (Yeah, I know its still beamy compared to a truly traditional boat but you know what I mean).

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PalmettoSailor
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
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