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Cal Cruising 36 By Barbara Bates


retty boat,” said the guy on the Jet Ski who stopped to get a better look while we were recently at anchor. “She sure is pretty,” we had said over seven years ago about her pictures in the listing on eBay just before buying her. (See “So You Bought a Boat on eBay,” in Back Issues at, February 2009, page 54). We hear that so often, and it never gets old. We are continually surprised at the number of people who snap a picture of her. She is a pretty boat. Buying a sailboat on eBay may seem like a rather rash thing to do, but it is a decision we have never regretted. She was relatively ready to go, but as with most boats, especially old ones, occasional upgrades become necessary

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or desirable. Over the years, we have made her better fitted to our needs. In the original sales brochure, the Cal Cruising 36 was touted as an “all fiberglass sailing yacht for deep water cruising with big diesel power.” If you can find one, you can sail her as is or do modifications to make her your own. These good old boats are great and can hold their own against boats decades newer. During the several months we spend on her each year, Submit is our home. She needs to be safe and comfortable. She is also our transportation and needs to be dependable with and without wind. And, particularly for me, she needs to be neat, attractive and appealing. She is all of the above. The original design would sleep up to seven people: the huge double V-berth (at 6’ 3”, Reggie can sleep either fore and aft or athwartship), a double and a single in the lower salon, and the dinette converted to a double. However, for us, if there were seven people on board overnight, expect middle of the night man overboard drills. We subscribe to a recently heard description of the “people capacity” of a boat: Parties six dines four, sleeps two. As storage is more important than berths, we added a storage locker behind the single berth and shortened the dinette seats which made storage behind the seat backs. We sleep in the lower salon double now after tiring of the nighttime “sit, spin, crawl and bump maneuvers” required for egress from the V-berth. Besides, the lower salon berth has a better ride. We use the V-berth as our garage for sails, etc., but can arrange to accommodate a guest or two. The galley runs along the starboard side. A U-shaped galley would be nice, but having a narrow beam, 10 feet 4 inches, makes that less important for safety. There is a twoburner propane stove with oven. Pressure water supplies the sink. A previous owner installed refrigeration with a small freezer compartment in the huge icebox, so I’m happy. One of our favorite features is the large windows in the galley and dinette. When we are below, it feels like we are

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Southwinds August 2015  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...

Southwinds August 2015  

A free, printed sailing magazine reporting on sailing in the southeast U.S: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Missi...