I have a CL Offshore
28. The CL Association website is good but you may get more responses from other forums
My 28 has teak cabin
linings but not in the forward V or quarter berth where it has spaced teak strips to prevent bodily contact with the 'wall'. The previous owner glued 'furry' lining onto exposed f/glass areas which, I guess, helped absorb condensation
in the sleeping berths too. I am in Perth, W.Australia where there is little humidity and not much temperature variation during the day or year compared with the US.
One thing you will hear about CL's is that the teak decks need close attention. They have not made a sailing yacht for 30 years so most of these will have at some time had repairs
done to the deck. The decks were 'glued' onto f/glass and then fastened with screws, caulked and plugged with a small teak dowel caps. Quite simply, over time the 'glue' deteriorated, caulk cracked, plugs popped out and screws loosened = leaks. One cheap
'solution' was to re-caulk and use larger screws to re-fasten the teak strips. On my 28, some of these larger screws came through the f/g deck into the forward V roof. When your deck is awash, water will canal
its way through any gaps and head
for the screw holes. I think that is probably where your problem lies. Others have told me that the main areas of seepage are 'through the deck fittings'.
Anyway, dont worry about being a novice
. I am not far off that description myself! If you have a CL, you have a classic
boat that looks good inside and out with great lines and character. Some say strip the teak off and put down a 'non'stick'. I could not do that to a classic
CL. Sailing is to enjoy and damp interiors are generally part of the deal with an older boat unless you willing to spend. Have fun.