It's a stout boat. I've sailed in a gale + winds. Likes 25 to 30 knots of wind
just fine but does OK with 8. The flexible sail plan allows a lot of options for short handed sailing. Newer 36 's or the 37 are better from a few perspectives with the 37 nicer handling by just a bit. Mostly I like the 36 for just being on board. The protected walkways make going forward safer and the roomy cockpit
is nice when not sailing too. The basic interior
construction is amazing and the solid hardwood will be in very good shape for Hull
1 if you find it. The head / shower is very roomy and the saloon
seats more than most 45 ft boats. This is a huge 36 ft boat. Note with davits
is over 45 ft.
The older boats might be cheaper and affordable. They are worth fixing up because the hulls are quite solid and the interior
solid wood. A lot other boats from the mid 80's won't be worth spending anything to fixup. Gozzards hold a lot of value.