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Re: Best liveaboard sailboats for coastal cruising?
So much depends on other things like budget and your experience.. But given California, liveaboard requirement, and sheer availability it's hard to beat the Catalina 36.. depending on year, condition and version they're available from $30K to $100K, all have the same or very similar accomodations, great galley and excellent manufacturer's support even now. The C 34 may appeal too, but it's tough to give up the 36's galley when doing a side-by-side comparison with a liveaboard perspective.
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)