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Re: Catalina 36
My first cruising boat was a Catalina 36. It is a coastal cruiser. I would not advise anyone to use it for any other purpose unless extensive mods were made. We crossed the gulf of Maine twice with that boat, that experience brought us to our blue water boat, a Shannon 38 ketch.
The Catalina is very light and the bulkheads are only screwed into the hull and Rees. Tacking in heavy seas will be a real challenge.
Be sure to inspect the stem fitting very closely. Many Catalinas have cracks where the head stay attaches to the stem.
All in all it was a boat that taught us the difference between an ocean going yacht and a coastal cruising sailboat.