I'm preparing to buy my first sailboat. I really like the openness of the Gozzard 36 but alas they are out of my price
range. One that has my attention is the Catalina
34 tall rig from the 80's. Can anyone pass along pro/cons of this boat? Also I welcome suggestions on other boats to investigate. I really like the aft head
allowing the cabin
forward to be open. This will be a liveaboard
and a solo sailer so privacy and seperate cabins is not needed. Rather, I would prefer a studio apt style where the sleeping area is part of the salon
. Wide open space is the key.
On another note, does having an open cabin
reduce the structural strength of the boat? It seems that bulkheads would stiffen up the hull
, but I am just speculating and actually I know nothing which is why I'm asking.
Another point is that I have a dog so I'm swaying away from boats with a real steep ladder to avoid broken doggie legs. The style where you step down on to a countertop and then 2 or 3 steps down into the cabin looks pretty good as long as the galley
doesn't extend in front of the stairs. That way doggie can jump down without smashing his head
Thank you in advance for your replies.