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Jrubi12
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Need advice, Potential new boat

Hello All, I'm looking at the purchase of a 1997 C36 MKII. Everything looks pretty good after a personal inspection with the exception of a few concerns.

There has been the typical intrusion at the port and starboard forward bulkheads. At the top of the chainplate reinforcement strap they have dug out the bad wood and looks like they have filled it with epoxy. See attached pic. The port side bottom show water intrusion but the wood seems solid when poked with a dental pick. The starboard side bottom under the cushion is rotted. Pick goes in 1/2" or more. I've read the write up about replacing the port bulkhead. Very well done. If nessassary I can replace. Has anybody replaced the starboard bulkhead and how hard is it compared to the port. I did find the post about GitRot and that is an option for the botton. I don't find any soft spots going up either side of either bracket.

What is your opinion of the top repair job. Is it satisfactory or does it ned to be replaced?

The other area of concern isthe port window between the cabinets over the settee. There is water intrusion there. I'm sure it needs resealed. What concerns me is the wood is soft and pushed out. You can push it in about 3/16". The wood can be replaced but what is behind the wood? Is this more detrimental than resealing the port and replacing the wood?

Ok last concern. The door to the V beth will not close and the door from the V beth to the bathroom will not open. The boat is sitting on the hard with the jack stands placed just forward of the mast in this area. Is the hull deformed structurely in some fashion or is it do to uneven pressure of the jack stands.

I would still have the boat looked over by a surveyor but not being familiar with Catalina's are these deal breakers? 

stephenemmerman
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I have a 1995 MKII I bought off a hurricane Ivan in 2005 we lived on it for 5 years and now it is siting behind my house in Punta Gorda. I also own a 380 that is in Greenport NY that I use for 4 months out of the year. I believe in Catalina Yachts. The orginal cost of the boat was not at the high end of Yachts. They have made it around the world. What you see is years of water intrusion from the outside. I have also replaced engines in both boats over the years. Most people still have the orginal engines in the boats. I installed my two engines myself at a yard on the hard The 36 i put a Yanmar in because the original engine was longer produced. I also put 170 hp Balmar with their control alternators in both boats. i have replaced the standing rigging in both boats over the years. In Florida where the 36 I find that a shoal draft is and advantage. Good luck with your decision I have around 70,000 invested in both boats including new engines. i have the dingy on davits in both boats. Please intact me at stephenemmerman@gmail.com if you want to discuss the 36 its a fine boat for the price. I am 6' tall and I find the headroom fine in both boats. Stay safe where a mask. I am 78 years old and figure I will not be able to handle the boat in a few years. I take it out myself when i significant other is out of town 

kgatesman
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The surveyor will steer you to the things that you need to worry about.  Make sure he/she brings a moisture meter.  If you're in the north hold off on the survey until it's warm.  The moisture meter needs a certain temp to be effective.  The dreadful stuff is probably something else, the surveyor is key.  My doors all behave normally on the cradle.  

Jrubi12
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Problem solved, I'm looking at a different boat. Thanks for the input
 

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