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Old 06-07-2011, 18:26   #1
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any opinions on this boat?
any owners out there?
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Old 06-07-2011, 18:49   #2
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Re: Cal cruising 36

here is a bit of info;

Cal 36 - Racer or Cruiser ?

1968 Cal 36 Pitfalls?

36' Cal with rebuilt Perkins only $12,000
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Big CAL fans between sarafina and I.... we both have them
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Re: Cal cruising 36

Danisinger has a Cal Pilothouse 36 is that the same?
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Old 06-07-2011, 20:39   #5
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Re: Cal cruising 36

I have the original brochure for the cal cruising 36, it is the same hull than the regular cal 36 with different upperbody. it has a dog house and a pretty interesting cabin layout. my question is regarding building quality, performance, and any experiences with those boats. all opinions welcome.
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Old 06-07-2011, 21:10   #6
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Re: Cal cruising 36

the use I pretend to give to the boat is a extended liveaboard cruise to the caribbean (at least at the beggining) with my wife two children and a dog. is this a good boat for that purpose?
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Re: Cal cruising 36

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.
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Did the cal 36 on this thread sell or is it still available.? A friend wanted to buy this boat, the cruising version cal 36.
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