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Re: O'Day 35 vs Catalina 36
True enough, a C36 in good condition with a scoop will be a tough find for less than $40k. I believe there are a few MkI C36's with the scoop (maybe ~1990), but most are MkII's, which makes them newer and pricier.
Also, don't forget about the C34, which had some MkI's (~1989) with a scoop, an "Mk1.5" in the early 1990's with a walk-through scoop, and the 1994+ MkII with a wider transom and bigger scoop. I've seen a couple Mk1/1.5 34's in the $40k range.
Lastly, keep in mind that the O'day 35's went out of production in 1989, so most are older boats than either the C36 or C34 with a scoop. I also think both of the Catalinas have about 6" or so more beam than the O'Day, if it matters. I've been aboard all three and the O35 feels the smallest inside.
It's hard to think resale when you're a buyer, but as you're experiencing, both of the Catalina models seem to hold their value about as well as any boat of that age.
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