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1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

OK Folks,

Both boats are priced equally, both are in good condition, is age an issue? What would you choose and why? Boat being financed.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

I owned three Catalina's, including a C-36, great boats for the money, but the Sabre is the boat I'd buy if it was well maintained. Sabre's are simply built to a higher standard. The 362 is a great boat especially in the fin keel version. I also like the interior layout of the S-362 better than the C-36, but that is just personal preference.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

As I'm sure you have figured out already the Sabre is a more expensive boat.
Usually more wood and nicer interior.

The issue to check with an older boat is how long you expect to keep it compared to how soon the older boat is going to need refits unless the Cat has been beat and will need work sooner than normal.
Hoses, tanks, sails, standing and running rigging, electronics, engine all have a life expectancy.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

I really like the Sabre 362's. I've been eyeing them up for awhile. I like their layout, better than mine. Full shower and head aft. It's built a little beefier. I also like that they have one deck penetration for the shrouds on each side, rather than the 3 that I have on mine. And it's a Sabre!

That said, I think you've got to weigh all the issues and apply them to your particular intentions for the boat and the condition of each vessel. You say that they are both in good shape....but the sails on the Sabre may be 17 years old, unless they've been replaced? So, if you have to replace them, vs not having to replace the sails on the catalina..you're looking at several thousands in additional expense..
Engine hours? etc.

I think either vessel would make a fine coastal cruiser...if I was to head further afield, I'd prefer the sabre under me. They hold their value too.

I haven't been on a Catalina 36 in years..I'm guessing it's beamier, roomier..etc.

I'm partial to the Sabre.... but, if I had to make this decision, I'd probably make a list of all the pro's and cons. What's the draft on these two? I'd want a shoal draft for the East coast..
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

Sabre, just a little beefier? I wouldn't trust a Catalina in a car wash let alone at sea.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

My last boat was a Catalina, current boat is a Catalina, next boat may be a 36 MKII, I'd lean towards the Sabre. There are very few here on the west coast, they are nicely built and not slow.
Maybe in a year or so when I finally get to the top of the waitlist for a bigger slip I'll have to visit the inlaws "downeast" to see what's available anyway.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

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Sabre, just a little beefier? I wouldn't trust a Catalina in a car wash let alone at sea.
I meant that the 362, was beefier than my 34. I also like the bow entry.

I think it goes without saying that a sabre is beefier than a catalina.
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Re: 1995 Sabre 362 or Catalina 36MkII 2004

Ok. You already know my answer.

As I've said a few times before, Catalina is a great boat for it's purpose. I worked for 2 dealers and my dad owned 3 Catalinas. I've been offshore in a Catalina 30. I know the brand and know that they're well engineered. "Beefier" is not how a Sabre should be described. The difference is in the fit and finish and to an extent, in the quality of the components. I've owned 2 Sabres, so I know them too.

Visit each boat. If after standing on board each, you still aren't sure which to buy, then buy the Catalina. Age is largely irrelevant in this case.
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