The boat I seem to be doing a good job of talking the wife into is a standard Cal36. The research
I have done is that they are built about as well as the other similarly sized Cal boats of that era, the 34 and the 40, both of which have had examples go round the world
As noted in one of the other threads, the steel
beam under the mast
step needs to examined despite the difficulty of gaining access.
There are only 3 issues I would have with the Cruising version are:
A) The loss of side deck
width near the cockpit
which is a safety
issue in heavy weather
. If you are not going offshore
as much this would less of an issue.
B) The large windows also present a safety
problem in heavy weather
C) The increase in weight of the boat, especially high in the boat due to the changed cabin
top and added furniture will have a noticable affect on stability, though probably not enough to create a safety problem. I would expect the displacement
to have increased by 1000lb or more, with no change in ballast.
For me, with a complement of 4, the loss of berthing in the main cabin would also be a problem but for a couple I don't think this holds true.
On the plus side the shroud
base has been moved to the deck
edge thus supporting the mast
better and imposing lower loads on the bulkheads. This undoubtably makes the boat a little less weatherly, but probably so little as only to be an issue racing
With some storm covers for the windows the boat should be just fine for living aboard
around the Caribbean