Thanks Faster! Your input is appreciated!
Originally Posted by Faster
And also Aesthetically, a post 89 Catalina will have the more modern ports and windows layout, a significant improvement over the original, and the MKIIs in both models add a much sleeker appearance and more beam aft for improvements in space below, stability, and cockpit layout/walkthrough. There's a definite cost factor in going to a MKII though...
Far as I can tell, the newer more modern ports appeared on the 1987 C36's, while a small scoop transom appeared in 1991. The beam change and walk-through transom on the MKII is definitely an improvement, but as you say, the MKII is out of our budget.
Not sure what we will end up with, but I'm enjoying the process! My tastes tend towards salty double-enders, but most in our price range don't have the room we're looking for down below to accommodate 2 adults and 3 young children, so we're looking at a very wide range of sailboats.