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.
".. 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)
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"