Originally Posted by HeartsContent
Depends on what you intend to do with it. The Catalina 36 MKII is certainly more comfortable both above and below. I suspect the Catalina is much better in the draft area as they nearly all have a 4'5" wing keel.
Looks like you get the traditional rig on the Sabre and likely a roller furler main on the Catalina 36 MKII. For me, that's a huge plus. If you've never sailed a roller furler main, it's rather nice.
I've looked at quite a few Catalina 36's lately and they seem to wear rather well - especially the interior.
I am not a big fan of in-mast furling for several reasons:
1) When problems arise it is a pain in the but to fix;
2) In-mast furling does not sail well to windward because of sail shape and the absence of battens;
3) I like the KISS principle for easier repairs and less cost.
I should also mention since I have my USCG License I may also provide some charters every once in a while.