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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

Catalinas are fine boats. I've owned and chartered them for years- Built for practicality and functionality. Easy to work on & maintain. However last summer in downeast Maine I sailed a Sabre 362 for 2 weeks (out of Johanson Boatworks). She was a *fine* sailboat- lovely to sail, sweet lines, with a beautifully finished interior. In terms of finish there is no comparison. My *only* complaint with the Sabre are the fingerhole latches they use on the cabinet doors. (Too small and not very ergonomic to me.) Be warned that if you buy the Sabre, many people will want to come and check it out.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

Thats comparing a Buick to a Porsche. Buicks are better than average,,but a Porshe is in another time zone.

If condition is the same...Sabre...no matter the age difference.

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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

I don't think it's a close call. Get the Sabre. Better and heavier built. Better looking and better-sailing. Also, it has probably already done much of its depreciation. The Catalina may decline in value more rapidly.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

older Sabre over a new Catalina...??

Older Sabre in good condition, go with the Sabre....be prepared though, as you will not be happy with anything less when it comes time for another boat.

disclaimer....previously owned a Sabre 38, decade old, and was hands down the best boat I have owned.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

There will be more maintenance and upgrades to be done on a 1995 than a 2004 no matter the builder.

You may incur costs in upgrading/replacing sails, lifelines, electronics, plumbing, pumps, etc. Much of which you won't really know about until you own the boat no matter how good the survey. 17 year old parts fail. I know; I own a 1995.

What do sails cost? How much to completely upgrade the electronics? Can you do these jobs yourself or will you be paying yard rates?

Catalinas are well built boats so it's unlikely you'll have the same level of initial maintenance on a 2004. That's definitely something to factor into your decision.

Sabre's are built to a high level of fit and finish, where the Catalina is a production boat. That level of finish may or may not be important to you.

Spend some time on both boats and if possible sail both. Then what is your gut telling you?

There is a certain pride of ownership that comes with owning a boat with the fit and finish of the Sabre. But is it worth the additional cost? Only you can answer that question -- and the Catalina 36 is still a damn fine boat.

Either way best of luck with your new boat,
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

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I don't think it's a close call. Get the Sabre. Better and heavier built. Better looking and better-sailing. Also, it has probably already done much of its depreciation. The Catalina may decline in value more rapidly.

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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

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Both boats are priced equally, both are in good condition, is age an issue? What would you choose and why? Boat being financed.
Same price, Comparable condition...

Which is outfitted better to suit your needs?

If you will be adding or upgrading equipment on both, then I believe that the Sabre would be the better boat to own.

Are you seeing a pattern yet?
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Thank you for all the input.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

So it would appear.
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