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09-01-2014 05:05 PM
RatHatDiver
Re: Catalina 36

You want to get the most with your budget I would think. Lots of boats out there to look at.
09-01-2014 02:56 PM
Robcooper0767
Re: Catalina 36

Hello,
I'm looking at C34's and C36's moving up from a Pearson 30.

I've found a few and received a 2006 Survey from the 2nd owner (when he bought it) on a C36
The boat is in the same area and wonder if anyone hesitate to use the same surveyor on the same boat (how does one ask if the Surveyor knows the Owner (remember Impartiality), or would it be best to supply a different surveyor the 2006 report and go from there.
Not sure what the norm is: I've only bought one boat = one survey.

The boat needs some work, but the 2006 survey has it as a Very Good boat, above average at the time.
Now, 7 years have passed, and even with (maybe) minimal servicing, would the boat still be one to consider, or move on?
Need to do a visual, but it's hours away, so wanted to ask this first.
Should I contract with a Surveyor from my area and pay for someone local to me to travel there?
Comments Welcome!!

Thanks,
R
08-26-2012 07:10 PM
wrochdvm
Re: Catalina 36

My first cruising boat was a Catalina 36. It is a coastal cruiser. I would not advise anyone to use it for any other purpose unless extensive mods were made. We crossed the gulf of Maine twice with that boat, that experience brought us to our blue water boat, a Shannon 38 ketch.

The Catalina is very light and the bulkheads are only screwed into the hull and Rees. Tacking in heavy seas will be a real challenge.

Be sure to inspect the stem fitting very closely. Many Catalinas have cracks where the head stay attaches to the stem.

All in all it was a boat that taught us the difference between an ocean going yacht and a coastal cruising sailboat.

Wayne
08-02-2012 07:18 PM
RatHatDiver
Re: Catalina 36

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Originally Posted by larrybme View Post
Hey Willops,
I am now also planning on buying a Cat 36. I plan on most of my sailing to be So Cal and maybe west coast of Mex. Basically coastal, deep water and light to moderate winds. Hopefully keeping it in San Diego where often benign conditions and light winds.
I was wondering if you bought the Cat 36 and how you like it. If so, any mods? Any regrets about the boat?
Larryb, still looking and dreaming....
The Wife and I are back looking at 36s as well. Good questions. Any regrets?
Most of our sailing will be coastal and some Mex. BaHaHa would be nice next year.
06-17-2012 09:38 PM
larrybme
Re: Catalina 36

Hey Willops,
I am now also planning on buying a Cat 36. I plan on most of my sailing to be So Cal and maybe west coast of Mex. Basically coastal, deep water and light to moderate winds. Hopefully keeping it in San Diego where often benign conditions and light winds.
I was wondering if you bought the Cat 36 and how you like it. If so, any mods? Any regrets about the boat?
Larryb, still looking and dreaming....
11-24-2011 06:02 PM
RatHatDiver
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Originally Posted by chuck53 View Post
If you're thinking about the C-36, spend some time on th C-36 owners forum. Before I bought my C-34, I Spent a lot of time on the C-34 forum and learned lots that helped me in my search.
You might want to look at the 34 as well. The difference in size between the two is tiny and it has a completely different layout that suits some people better.
We are going to be looking at C-34s as well. Owners around the dock say there not much smaller than the 36 but are faster on the water. So many boats, so little time. Lyn and Larry Pardy wrote some great books on heavy weather tactics.
11-24-2011 12:48 PM
chuck53 If you're thinking about the C-36, spend some time on th C-36 owners forum. Before I bought my C-34, I Spent a lot of time on the C-34 forum and learned lots that helped me in my search.
You might want to look at the 34 as well. The difference in size between the two is tiny and it has a completely different layout that suits some people better.
11-24-2011 10:28 AM
PalmettoSailor Catalina 36's are designed as coastal cruisers. That said, folks have sailed them offshore from Norfolk to the BVI's which meets my definition of blue water sailing. They have also circumnavigated which I think will meet anyones defintion of bluewaters sailing. Still they were not designed for that and likely had very experienced crew and a high degree of modification/preparation for those types of trips.

Here on the Chesapeake C36's tend to have rather large overlapping genoa's (either a 150 or 135) since we have far more light air days than heavy weather. My boat requires the 1st reef in the main at about 20 kts sustained. At 25 knots we roll in some jib at 30 the second reef goes in the main or we roll them all the way up and motor. The Chesapeake is shallow so we get short period, steep chop vs. rollers. The C36 handles these condtions pretty well in my opinion nearly as comfortably as the Tartan 40 I spent 24 hours on beating into near gale conditions. I can't say any boat I've been on has been "comfortable" in these conditions but I can say I've never felt I wasn't safe in them on our C36 but my experience in winds over 30knots is pretty limited.

The SF fleet considers the above winds as normal conditions and are normally equipped with around a 110 Genoa. With their deeper water and presumably longer wave period, they probably don't get the kind of pounding we endure on the Chesapeake very often though. I would guess they spend a fair amount of time with a single reef in the main and rarely need to roll in the genny much, but don't know their reefing strategy.

Properly equipped you should be able to shift gears through about 30 knots comfortably, but I can't really offer an informed insight in wind conditions above that since our experience in winds over 25-30 knots have been brief TS passages and we've just rolled in the sails and motored to open water while they passed.

As a counterpoint to the article about the ill fated C36 trip posted above I'd ask you to Google "Lady Liberty" and "transpac" to learn about the C36 that competed in and completed the 2007 Trans Pacfic race from Cali to Hawaii.
11-21-2011 02:05 PM
RatHatDiver Sailingfool. That was a great read. Sorry to say. JMO. The boat and crew were not up to par for crossing the Atlantic, that go around. Willops. The Wife and I have been sail boat searching for close to a year. We seem to be coming back to the C36 more than most.
I wish we had one in our rental club fleet.
10-31-2011 10:53 PM
jackdale The Catalina 36 is a very good coastal cruiser.
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