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catalina catalina 36 MKII
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100% of reviewers $118,500.00 9.0

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Registered: August 2000

Review Date: Thu November 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $110,000.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: Sails easily - can be single-handed - terrific storage - excellent for a couple - good for cruising for several weeks or even for life-aboard
Cons: Keel-mounted mast can leak thrugh the saloon overhead

We moved up to the 36 Mk II from a 30. Maintenance has been easy and the boat has been economical to operate (0.5 gph diesel at 2000 RPM at 5.5 knots under power). She sails well in the variable airs off the south coast of New England. The fridge needs extra insulation, but that's not too difficult to install. With 2 aboard, the V-berth is just right and that leaves that huge aft cabin for gear, folding bikes, etc. We carry a Honda 2 KW generator in the port lazarette and use it to supply AC power on the hook or mooring. This year we added a new dodger/bimini/connector so that we could also add a full enclosure to the cockpit and extend the season at least a full month.

The dinghy's on davits and we have a separate dismountable davit to lift the outboard onto the rail. GPS moving map (paper backup and 2 more GPC units on board), speedo, depth sounder and autopilot make handling a breeze.

It is a nuisance to clean the speedo impeller when it jams at midseason since pulling it from under the forward V-berth requires removing all the drawers to get at it. It's easier to get under the boat and just give it a spin to loosen it up.

The only significant repairs have been doing the cutlass bearing after 6 years and replacing the lower bearing on the rudder post after 8.

Compared with other 36-footers we've looked at and considered. this one fit our requirements for sailing qualities for the captain and living quarters for the admiral better than any we've seen in this size. We've been out for long weekends as well as for cruises lasting 3 weeks at a time without any difficulties.
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Registered: May 2008
Review Date: Mon May 26, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $127,000.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: good sailing in light wind, great upwind performance
Cons: limited fuel tankage, only single propane locker

We purchased our 2001 Catalina 36 MKII new in Vancouver, Canada and sailed her for two seasons in the Pacific Northwest, mostly in light winds. We equipped her for bluewater sailing, adding an inner forestay with hanked on storm jib, a wind vane, radar and liferaft. As well, we added secure hold-downs on all tanks, which tended to be dropped into place!

She sailed well for three six-month seasons and two three month season we lived on her from Canada to Costa Rica. Our worst conditions were in a gale with winds over 40 knots and waves over 14 feet on our starboard stern off Cape Mendocino in Northern California. Nothing broke although we had the rudder dropped while the boat was hauled in order to re-fare the rudder tube. As well the plunger-style ingition switch stuck and burned out our starter while we were in the Sea of Cortez - it forced us to sail upwind 200 miles to Guaymas rather than motor!

It was often a challenge finding storage for the gear we brought on board, since the tankage is all under the berths. Overall the Catalina was great value for the money - too bad they stopped making the 36!
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