36 or 38 - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 2 Old 06-13-2004 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
36 or 38

We have spent many hours looking at and winnowing out boats and the final choices have come to the 36 or 38 Catalina. One of these has better sailing manners offshore and the differance may be large or small, but we don''t know and have been told that we should go to the source. So if anyone has experienced either or both we would appreciate some sage guidance.

Our goals are Hawaii, Ecuador and more of the western coast of South America. So please pass on some advice or directions to advice for these two boats preferably boats 1989 and back to 1979.

StoneBoat is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 2 Old 06-22-2004
Junior Member
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 12
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
36 or 38

I have owned both a 1985 Catalina 36, and a 1984 Catalina 38. Very different boats. The 36 is much roomier, wider aft, more comfortable, more stable at sea, and heavier. For most folks a better bet for cruising. Having said that, I liked the 38 better, for 2 reasons: much better sailing perfomance (West Coast to Hawaii and back), and IMHO it looks better with its tumblehome sides and skinny rear end. Glad to chat more if you want details or stories...
BobIdyll3 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome