CS36 Merlin - O Pato
Join Date: Feb 2013
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Re: What to look for in a new boat
Wow. Lots of feedback on the marina/club question.
I live in the Toronto area and have a preferred area that has one marina and a few clubs to choose from. Now it's simply an issue of comparing benefits/drawbacks of each option.
In terms of the boat, I'm not married to any one brand. As I said earlier, I liked the layout of the Hunter 376 cabin but not the cockpit. I'd also like a fractional rig if I can find one but it's not a deal-breaker. Basically, I'd be happy with the cabin layout of a Hunter 376 or a Catalina 36 Mark II with a spacious cockpit and a fractional rig.
The part of the purchase that makes me the most nervous is learning how to maintain the boat. That's why product quality and manufacturer support are so important to me.
Again, I'm grateful to everyone who has offered their input. I've started collecting the most actionable suggestions into a list of questions to ask when it's time to spend the money. With your help, I can't go wrong!