There's the obvious; core
integrity/bond, & core
That said, read as much as you can on how boats are built, as well as on the various systems onboard.
I suppose Nigel Calder's "Boat Owner's Mechanical & Electrical
Manual" is considered something of a semi-religious text on those things. Amazon.com: nigel calder: Books
and is definitely worth owning.
As is/are the Dashew's "Cruising Encyclopedia II". http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...6+linda+dashew
Ditto on our "Celeb" member(s) Evans Starzinger of www.BethandEvans.com
also published of course http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...3Abeth+leonard
If naught else, have a look at Calder's article A Refit Reality Check | Cruising World
it's easily one of the best things I've read (and my sailing library outweighs me by 5:1, easily).
That article will give you a not overwhelmingly technical understanding of ship's systems, & what kind of $ which a boat can eat. Which is KEY. John & Amanda Neale go into a lot of such as well, here Mahina Expedition - Selecting A Boat for Offshore Cruising
They teach voyaging, sailing, & all the skills which go with.
Plus, pretty much all of the sailing magazines out there have loads of free articles which you can peruse online, even including volumes of boat reviews
. A good, recurring header in Cruising World are their reviews
of "Classic Plastics". Boats which have both withstood the age of time, the sea, & the nit picking of sailors & writers.
The famed Naval Architect (NA), Robert Perry, has a couple of online blogs. In addition to having written for/writing for most of the big name magazines. And NA's get into the little details which make boats great or not, ergo good reference & learning
material. Like this Perry on Design
Here's one of his blogs Yacht Design According to Perry
and the other Robert H. Perry Yacht Designers, Inc.
Ah, & a review by Perry of the boat in question... the C&C
36' (but check the year to ensure it's the right one as compared to the one you're looking at, via www.sailboatdata.com
) Robert Perry Review - C&C 36
He's on Sailing Anarchy quite a bit (under Bob Perry), which is another good place to have a look around. Though the game's a bit tougher there, with reference to boat knowledge & such, somewhat due to a majority of members being racers... always looking for an edge (thus the depth
of knowledge thing). But don't let it stop you from checking the place out.
Sorry for the ramble. I hope that some of it's of use. And of course, both welcome aboard, & good luck with finding a boat, plus the cruise
PS: You're aware of the C&C owner's association right? C&C Yachts - C&C Photo Album & Resource Center