The Bob Perry and Jack Horner reviews
are overall pretty accurate in terms of the weaknesses and the strengths. They got a few numbers wrong but not in any significant way. They do make a 47 now too. You don't see it on the web site and I think only about 4 have been made. The 31 is a boat you might not think to consider but it too has a lot of room for what most would consider a small boat on paper.
The 37 took off from the 36. The basic shape is close to the same. They cut away some of the forward hull
and made a minor change to the rudder
design to recast it as the new 37. Friends have one that we rafted up with this fall. It looks like the 36 in most any way you can see. The deck
is exactly the same. Some of the newer features use technology and hardware
they didn't have before. They made a smaller dinning area in favor of the peninsula galley
design. They switched to the synthetic core
at some time too. It seems to take a lot more fussing with in construction but they have never had a problem doing that before even with balsa. With the strong CN dollar the new ones are seriously big money
but still custom made one at a time.
I have seen several 1985 36's and these boats are still rock solid and could clean up quite well. The two I saw still looked great below. Older boat interiors have mahogany and the new ones are cherry. Almost no veneer inside. Older boats have more teak
outside. I refinished the taft rail this fall. Clearly not a job for the timid. These would be boats worth refitting if you found an older one at a price