I am working on restoring the interior of a C-36 right now. when I purchased her, most of the hard and expensive work had been done. New standing/running rigging, new sails, new wiring (both 12 and 110 volt), and a new fuel tank and Kubota 29 HP new motor, although I am having to rebuilt it. The previous owner had also put much effort into restoring the bottom, by encapsulating the hull with 2 new layers of fiberglass and 2 new layers of Kevlar, brought up to the water line and faired in. the rudder post was upgraded to a 3" post from the original 2", and the rudder was also kevlar coated. She had been sitting on the rock for 5+ yrs, and I now have her in the water. All interior wood that could be removed has been, and I am in the process of refinishing the wood, and painting the inside.
I pose a question, hopefully someone has some knowledge on this matter.
I have removed the bulkhead between the bathroom/chart room and the V-berth for painting and I like how it opens up the space. I would like to leave this bulkhead out, and replace it with posts. Has anyone done this themselves?
I am also thinking of enlarging the V-berth, by cutting down the closet space between the chart room and the V-berth, moving it to the other side, next to the other closet, in effect, making one large closet combining the two.
I have had the boat surveyed, and the only major issue is that the mast step is busted into several pieces, and I plan to retain it in place, until the next haul out. The only other thing that may need attention is the keel bolts. Although the keel has been encapsulated, for my own piece of mind, I am going to attempt changing the keel bolts.
The surveyor seemed quite certain that the keel was of cast iron, as the magnet he put to the bolts proved them to be of iron, and not stainless steel. Possibly others have input on this matter? If it is a cast iron keel, I will attempt to change one at a time, if it is lead keel, i will wait until she is hauled out again, and install some sister bolts. To determine if this keel is cast iron, I intend to dive on it with a good magnet once I acquire one. This keel is a shark fin keel.
I will post pictures when complete, but I have found that here are some videos on youtube (just search Columbia 36) showing upgrades to other C-36's
I am on the West coast of FL, and hope to be out sailing very soon.
Good luck to all, I hope to be active on this board.