Re: Cal 28 Vs. Catalina 27 livaboard
As with any older boat... smells indicative of wood rot, soft, spongy decks, moisture leaks (fittings, windows, stanchions, etc - look for tell tale streaks/black spots in wood finishes) Mildew on overheads and hull sides inside (ceiling) from excess moisture for whatever reason, and so on.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)