You might want to join the Yahoo Nauticat Group
, which is frequented by mostly Nauticat owners, but admirers and wanna-be owners are also welcome. The site has the typically unfriendly Yahoo forum format, but once you learn how to navigate through the hundred's of archived pages there's much to learn from experienced Nauticat sailors.
Personally, I've never sailed a N36, but since the lines are similar to my 33, which I recently sold, I have also admired them. Certainly more space in the aft cabin, but the pilothouse and forward cabins are similarly sized to the 33. The standard Lehman Turbo 90 hp diesel is also identical.
If you haven't already done so, another organization is The North American Nauticat Association
, where you'll find a listing of all known hull numbers, history and maintenance information. The Nauticat Finland
site will give you info on the currently produced models - which, aside from the Traditional Motorsailers, are designed as higher performance, bluewater cruising sailboats.
The first Traditional N36 was produced in 1983 as a motorsailer, so the "pure" sailing performance will be disappointing, compared to many other sailboats of equal LOA. Comfort, durability and high quality are what you receive in return for it's lackluster sailing abilities.
I had my tall-rig N33 sailing close to hull speed and in fact, reached that during her sea trial last month. The new owner was certainly pleased enough. Not sure if the N36 was/is available with the tall rig, modified fin keel, skeg-hung rudder, but I would advise you to choose that option over the shoal draft models - if sailing performance has greater importance over navigating skinny water.
There's a wealth of information on these boats and owners are very proud of them. Christy Leigh, another SailNet member with the newer model N-331, has done some research on making his "Traditional" model more- bluewater capable. It has to do with the vast amount of pilothouse glass and port/starboard sliding doors.