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Don't confuse the board with facts! Just because you have done it in your C38, and many of them do cross oceans, it is still a Catalina and they are denigrated for off shore work on this board fairly regularly. Hell, there are people here, and Cam is NOT one of them, that think a Catalina will sink if you let go of the dock lines. Some of those same people think that a Bene is comparable to a Hylas. Go figure!
Simon, to you the question is: I remember that you want to buy a boat here and take it home. What is your ultimate use of the boat? Living on it and crossing oceans or coastal work?
The C38 IS the most over built boat that Catalina makes. Much of that is that it was a S&S design and Frank Butler does not make many changes in his production runs. Certainly the early boats that you are describing are very overbuilt.They have sold a lot and when they make a change things slow down. $$$$$$$$ out the window. It will take quite some time to make the 387 production as efficient.
The boat will cross oceans as Cat38skip says. If you want to get it home you can. However, if your intent for the boat is to keep crossing oceans, that is not what the boat was designed for. They are designed as coastal cruisers that can go farther. Hell, people have crossed oceans in rowboats and lived. It all goes to conditions and seamanship.
State your purpose for the boat very clearly. The tendency of the board is to assume that you are going to go around the world non stop even if you will never get 10 miles outside of Baltimore. An older C38 can be a great boat, or a terrible boat, dependent on its care and your intentions.
Good luck in whatever you decide.
If I am not mistaken, are you from OZ? I was just reading some posts on the Cruisers Forum and one of the members is looking for prices to sail or ship a mid 40's boat from the East Coast of the US to OZ. The number keeps coming up somewhere between $20,000 and $40,000 US. That adds a significant % to an older C38 unless you are doing the trip yourself. A long trip home?