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The US35 was a Bayliner-built version of the Cooper 353 pilothouse boats originally built in BC...as was the US42 a version of the Cooper 416, a different beast entirely from the regular Buccaneer line, and not built by them in '78.
I know they built a few of a large version of the horrid Buccaneers (shoal draft, lotsa windows, boxy things) but I'm not sure that they went as far as 36 feet. I think there was a 32, so maybe this one has davits added.....
Anyhow, lots of people are enjoying sailing their Buccaneers, but by and large those happiest are in the Gary Mull US22/25, the Buccaneer 295/33 (Doug Peterson) which became the US30/33s with some significant deck mods. There was also a US27, and of course Bill Garden's Buccaneer 305. At least these series' had good design pedigrees, though overall build quality is still spotty by all accounts.
For Caribbean Island hopping I think you could do better than this one...
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)