I tend to agree with this post.. these two boats are so very far apart in almost every respect I would guess that the single
matching criteria is price
?, if so, then there are a bunch of other boats from mid 80's onwards that should be considered...
Originally Posted by dionski
It seems a little bizarre to have arrived at these two particular boats being the best possible choices for your purposes, particularly because they share almost nothing in common. I would go back and carefully consider what you want the boat to do for you, and then look around and see what fits the bill. If you accurately evaluate your needs, all the candidates should end up being pretty similar.
but..since this is an ip31 vs cat36 discussion I shall offer an opinion about a number of comments..
1. pricing: a wash
resale pricing of a purchased used boat
?, I suspect that there is zero difference between these two, or any other well known brands... ie.. if I pay $100k as a fair price
for a 8 year old boat, I suspect that an 8.5 year old boat is worth exactly the same..
2. sailing comfort: a wash or cat36+
I suspect that any perceived sailing comfort from the increased D/L of the IP31 is completely offset by the Cat36 being significantly longer. On a length/length basis, the IP would be a better ride and is better rigged for Carib conditions...but giving away 5ft of length at 30ft is significant.
3. Light air sailing : n/a
For sure the cat36 would perform better in light air..but when do you see that in the islands?..
4. better rig : IP
A stock cat36 will likely be overpowered in the islands.. 15-20kts and 6-8ft seas are quite common so if it was me I would factor in adding a 100% yankee into the the purchase
5. Better liveaboard
you just cant beat length when it comes to daily comfort...in that 6-7 months, you may actually be sailing for less that two weeks..the rest of the time you are living on board.
If it was me, at any price level I would not pick either of these two boats.. I would rather go longer and older, however to the OP I would simply say that if its between these two and to you they are equivalent, simply buy the one that has the most useful gear
onboard.. ie best electronics
, most complete canvas
, newest sails
, largest battery
bank/alternator etc... as it is really easy to spend an extra $20k outfitting a boat.