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A new catalina 36?
I''m going to throw a monkey wrench into this whole discussion.
Everyone is talking construction here and some making recommendations for alternative boats that may cost $30,000 to $35,000 more than a Catalina.
In another post, I mentioned the Dufour Classic Series Yachts. I like the 36 for its incredible well built construction, blue water capabilites, and standard features - bolted deck to hull, vacuum assisted hull construction to retard blisters, rack and pinion steering, self aligning rudder bearings, saildrive engine, and tons more. Like all productin boats, interior finishes make have some cost savings, but this boat is incredibly well made, fast, safe and seaworthy. Fully outfitted with autopilot, adjustable jib leads, spinnaker gear, GPS, AWI, adjustable backstay, electric windlass and more the cost is around $146,000 fully commissioned.
I prepared a comparative study flow chart for the most popular yachts (beneteau, catalina, dufour, C&C, Tartan, and sabre). If you want a copy send me your e-mail address. I think you''ll find it helpful.
By the way, all yacht interiors can be redesigned and customized to make up for the "production compromises".