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Main Message Board / Re: CATALINA 355 PROS CONS ISSUES
« on: August 15, 2011, 10:22:29 AM »

The 34 and 36 sail the same. There is what, 9 " difference in the boats? On MKII's the cockpit is identical between the two. Make the decision in the salon (which the 36 does have a great one) or the
V-berth (where the 34 wins hands down). There is a slight difference in the aft berth where again the 34 wins...but the difference is minimal.

True, the waterline is only 9" longer (there is more difference in LOA).  Truth be told, I'd rather have a C355 as I love the layout and handling of my C34, but it's a bit out of my price range.  Sailing-wise, I am looking for newer systems, rigging, dutchman, sails, etc.  I can do all of that to my old boat, but would like more headroom, longer vberth (I measured a C36 as being 4" longer than my C34), a swim step, larger head/shower, and more deck space too.

I am torn at this point. . . and may just wait until I can afford the C355.  It's not like I don't have a great boat now (it's just a little small for me).

Main Message Board / Re: CATALINA 355 PROS CONS ISSUES
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:06:09 AM »
Do you think the 34 sails better than the 36?  I figured they were pretty comparable, but that the 36 with it's extra weight and draft might be a bit "heavier".  Whether that translates as slower, I don't know.  I thought the small amount of extra waterline would compensate.

Main Message Board / Re: CATALINA 355 PROS CONS ISSUES
« on: August 11, 2011, 03:40:57 PM »
Ah, so, sorry for the confusion.

I am excited to test sail a 355, but have been putting it off because I know I'll want to buy one on the spot.  I've been trying to convince myself that a lightly used 36 would be a good alternative as a replacement to my old 34.  Waiting until I can afford the 355 is probably the best decision.

Main Message Board / Re: CATALINA 355 PROS CONS ISSUES
« on: August 11, 2011, 08:16:23 AM »
Claygr, I thought the M35B was 30hp?  29hp is roughly equivalent, and the older 34s have 21hp to 23hp engines.

The waiting lists aren't as long as they used to be, I think you could get a slip at a good marina in short order.  Worst case, you could sublet a slip while looking for permanent moorage.

In the Seattle area, Shilshole and Elliott Bay Marinas are good choices and are centrally located.  There are dozens of others throughout Puget Sound as well. I like your idea -- sailing up here for two months every summer is in my retirement plan.

Main Message Board / Re: 34 verses 355
« on: May 26, 2011, 08:49:41 AM »
Excellent, thanks for the update!  If I were in the market for a new boat, this would be my choice.

Catalina 34s for Sale / Re: Getting ready to sell in Seattle
« on: April 29, 2011, 11:25:02 AM »
Thanks, Scotty.  It is hard to part with her.  We are leaning towards waiting until fall as we have summer plans we don't want to miss by not finding a replacement in time.  We don't want to be two boat owners - not even two Catalina owners. :-)

Catalina 34s for Sale / Re: Getting ready to sell in Seattle
« on: April 29, 2011, 10:09:57 AM »
Thanks for the advice, guys.  Much appreciated.

Catalina 34s for Sale / Getting ready to sell in Seattle
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:30:03 PM »
We're considering selling our 1988 C34 and buying a later model C34 or C36.  Does any one have suggestions on how to go about doing this?  Should we sell her on our own or use a broker?  Spend any money fixing her up further, or keep the selling price low?  She's a good boat, and I've made a number of improvements, upgrades and repairs, but the rigging and rudder are original, the chain-plates and stanchions need rebedding -- typical 23 yr old boat stuff.  Since I'll be buying another boat, and don't want to be boatless in Seattle, I am considering waiting until fall.  Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

Main Message Board / Re: New C355 in Alameda
« on: March 01, 2011, 08:27:26 AM »
I haven't seen one in person yet, but from the specs I've seen they've made just about every improvement I could have asked for on my C34.  Watertight bulkhead, longer waterline, more headroom,  taller lifelines, stronger v-berth hatch, quieter engine -- it will likely be my next boat.  As far as the sink in the head -- I don't understand why that bothers people.  Sinks are easy to replace.  The low counter top bothers me much more.

Main Message Board / Re: Just purchased a 2006 MK11
« on: February 15, 2011, 05:26:57 PM »
Congrats!  I was sorely tempted to trade-up when I saw that listing.  Looks like a nice boat!

Main Message Board / Re: Anchor Fit on C 34
« on: January 27, 2011, 12:40:14 PM »
Looks like it'd put you into a 36 foot slip. :D
Around here, that's a 38ft slip.  No overage allowed. :-(

Catalina 34s for Sale / Re: wanted to buy c34 in PNW
« on: December 03, 2010, 08:29:51 AM »
I've been looking for a MKII to upgrade to, and haven't seen one on Lake Union.  Did you mean '87?

If I do upgrade, I'll have an '88 for sale.

Main Message Board / Re: 12 volt Coffee maker search
« on: October 07, 2010, 09:03:49 AM »
We use a french press too.  At 6 or 7 it's never too hot to boil water, though our summers are obviously milder than yours.  Even on a 90+ degree day, it won't be much above 60 at sunrise.

The Mk I specifications turned out to be too "optimistic" and Catalina later changed them.  I think the Mk II specs are more accurate.  Then, you have to account for loading you boat with gear, water, fuel, people, etc.  The 4'6" draft given above is a good one.

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