Hello, I am in the search for a C36 here in the northeast. I have found one that I have walked through and it seems to have everything I want (or thought I wanted). I have never had a sailboat this large before and have never sailed a boat with in-mast furling. I am wondering how folks like the in-mast furling, specifically on the 2001 Catalina 36. In theory is seems to be a great idea, providing the convenience of east up, easy stowing. Just want to make sure its not more of a pain in the rear than I am bargaining for. Is it something to look for or something to avoid? The boat I'm looking at also has a wing keel, so I realize there is already one strike in the performance department. I sail primarily in buzzards bay, cape and islands, so wing keel will allow me to get in and out of some skinny spots.
Also, please feel free to let me know if there is anything specifically to watch for as I look at these used boats! Thanks!
Please let me know your opinions!
McFly (soon-to-be C36 owner)
Jackfish Girl, 1999, C36 MKII, Tall Rig, Wing Keel, In-mast furling, Monument Beach, Bourne, MA