Originally Posted by iSaint
The USCG Six Pack license is for chartering a vessel with six paid passengers. The Catalina cockpit is fine for such a group, with room for snacks and drinks below.
I appreciate the comments, no offense taken to any suggestion. Thank you!
Earlier you mention the forecabin being used for stowage, the aft cabin for your son and that you would be staying in the middle.
Will you be able to keep the boat tidy enough for customers?
Will you or your son have boxers hanging to dry in the head
Will there be enough stowage for your personal "household" living quarters and to have 6 more customers aboard for a total of 8 people aboard a 36 foot boat?
Will you be offering snorkling? Enough room for gear
if you are?
Will there be room for camping equipment
as you plan to do camping?
If rain sets in will you be able to fit all 8 people on board below decks if they decide camping isn't cutting it in a downpour (I know CA is in a drought but hopefully that will soon go away)
Just a few more things to think about. Personally I think that the boat you can afford and make suit your needs is the boat for you. Write a list of what you want to accomplish, what you need to accomplish it, what boats fit that list and on that list what boats can you afford.
I'm sure you've probably already done that but as we throw more questions your way your list might change.
Also if you plan to camp is draft
an issue? I never sailed when I was in CA- dove and surfed- but I have no idea of the depth
or lack of you'll be dealing with. Also is there enough room for proper ground tackle.
Speaking of tackle if you want to do any fishing
where will the poles be stored?