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$60,000 is a bit tight for a 40' boat IMHO. I'd also recommend that you reserve about 15-20% of your budget for refitting, updating, repairing, customizing whatever boat you do end up buying.
Considering what kind of sailing you want to do, I don't see why you couldn't do it in either Catalina.
CruisingDad is one person you should probably PM, since he's not really active on the forum at the moment. He is the Catalina 400 technical editor, as well as being one of the moderators on the forum.
Given your budget, I'd concentrate on the Catalina 34, rather than the 36, since they're more likely to be in decent shape for that kind of money. You also should consider the Pearson 36 or 365, which is probably more affordable and slightly larger.
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