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Re: Comparing a P36-2/C36/C34
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 on the MKII is definitely an improvement, but as you say, the MKII is out of our budget.
The C34s have always had that newer look, I wasn't sure when the C36 made the change, looks like it was '87. If they did it during the model year you may find '87 examples of each! Interestingly, the earliest few C34s had deck stepped rigs.. they moved back to keel stepped until the advent of the MkIIs.
The walkthrough will be worthwhile if you can find one, they are sometimes referred to as MK 1.5s
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