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Home » Sailnet Boat Reviews » C - Boats starting with 'C' » Catalina

 
Catalina 34 MKII
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Description: 2002 Catalina 34MKII
Keywords: Catalina 34MKII
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Posts: 6
Registered: August 2006
Location: New Jersey



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sailacat34

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Registered: August 2006
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 6
Review Date: Tue July 24, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great layout of cockpit and cabin, well built and fit and finsih is excellent
Cons: Cant think of any yet

Having moved up from a Catalina 27 the Catalina 34 MKII is a great "Move Up" vessel. I have found it enjoyable to sail, motor and just hang out on.
Catalina has been very successful in the design and progression with the 34 over the years. She sail just wonderfully even with a in-mast furling main. The use of materials and accessories are well made products and have performed very well.
A lot of boat for the money.
We are very happy with the over all functuallity for a weekend for a family of three and even having friends over with plenty of room.
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Pearson 31-2 #80 ('87)

Registered: December 2001
Location: Upstate NY
Posts: 374
Review Date: Fri August 15, 2008 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Handling, performance, value
Cons: Some minor construction slip-ups (see review)

Owned hull # 1515 for six years. Very well designed and constructed boat. We sailed her on Cayuga Lake and Lake Ontario in everything from dead calm to howling gale to thunderstorms and tree-uprooting micro-bursts and she shrugged them off and kept us safe and happy. Not bad in light air (tall rig & wing), wonderful in medium and capable in heavy.

Only two problems we had were a below-waterline anti-siphon loop in the head that we found the first night afloat (and partially awash in the morning! Dealer refinished all the teak & holly sole wood). Also a fastener hole drilled into the head/salon seperator bulkhead from the outside in the aluminum rub-rail in a low spot on the sheer that was never mated with a bolt. Leaked for two years behind the nav station 1 hour after the rain started until I got fed up and disassembled the hanging locker and nav station and spent hours with a hose tracking it down. Water would run down the rub-rail & collect in the low spot and eventually run into the boat. Enough to puddle during heavy rains. I pulled the Vinyl insert found the 5/16" hole (D'oh!), squirted several ounces of polysulfide caulk into the hole and re-placed the rub-rail insert carefully with a heat gun and Acrylic mallet. Never had a leak anywhere on the boat thereafter.

Access to some features is tight, but that seems to hardly be unique. They shoe-horned a lot into the boat before the liners were mated to the deck, I'm sure. I never did figure out how to check & lubricate the anchor winch.

We installed A/C & reverse-cycle heat and every hole I cut or drilled (and measured three times and still cringed) revealed strong materials and solid construction. The bulkhead just ahead of the mast support in the hanging locker area where I ran a conduit is 1-3/8" thick!

If you sail rain-or-shine as we do the aft head and place to shed wet foulies or change out of wet swimwear on nice days without walking the length of the boat is a welcome feature.

HUGE v-berth. I'm 6'3" and my wife is 5'8" and we both loved the 80" x 80" v-berth.

Charlie P.

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Charlie P. P31-2 #80 CATNAP

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