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Catalina 30
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Description: Catalina 30
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Wed November 24, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Overall satisfaction: Extremely satisfied with the Catalina 30. An ideal boat for coastal cruiseing with 1-3 crew. Comfortable cabin, adequate handling and performanace. Great resale value.
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pkipp
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Registered: January 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Mon December 27, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have owned my catalina for over a year. Very pleased with the way she sails, have almost rebuilt most of the electrical system and replaced the fuel tank, it has a few blisters on the botttom also like the way it steers with the wheel, is'nt quite enough power with the 12hp diesel, but happy with the boat overall.
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mxmunger
IC30/309 Association

Registered: July 2000
Posts: 6
Review Date: Tue May 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Original Owner - Tall Rig Bow Sprit - many mods - no major problems - love my boat!
Atomic FOur replaced 1992 with Univ M4-30 (4 cyl diesel)
Race and Cruise on Chesapeake Bay from Patuxant River area.
Join the IC30A at www.catalina30.com

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Max Munger, IC30/309 Tech Editor
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jregar
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Registered: May 2001
Posts: 1
Review Date: Fri June 30, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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She is a stiff boat able to handle a lot of weather. My year boat has had a lot of upgrades, new rigging, new engine (2GM20 Yanmar), and refrigeration. She has a lot of fiberglass, is very heavy, and slow (rating 183 PHRF). Plan on arriving 1/2-1 day behind the fleet on long cruises. More room than most 40 ft. ers and you'll get there safely no mater what the weather. I have had my boat out in 25-30 knot seas in Florida Bay with 14 ft. waves filling up the cockpit and she rides right over the waves. Good production boat for the money. With a few modifications it will go anywhere.
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Review Date: Mon December 18, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Having sailed this boat along the southern California coast and inland lakes. It sails well in all the conditions I have experienced.
You cannot beat the interior room for a 30 foot boat. It is well laid out and is comfortable for a family of 3-5 to stay aboard. Many sailors live aboard their Cat 30's.
Weather helm is experienced in winds above 15 knts. I raked the mast forward and this helped. Reef the main early to keep her on her feet and ease the helm. Adding a dodger helps keep the cockpit dry in stronger winds. I advise you get one. A bimini is also nice.
If you are looking to purchase a 30 you will find a wide variety of boats to choose from. They are a great boat and well worth the usual asking price. Make sure you get a survey! The 5411 diesel engine is a great auxilary. At 11 horsepower it sips fuel and is economical to run. The 30 needs more engine than that if you plan to motor much. If you are headed into steep seas and much wind it cannot make much forward progress. In flat conditions it will make 5-6 knts. At times, I would like to have a larger engine in mine but that is why I sail! If I wanted to motor I would get a powerboat. I love my 30 and you will too!
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ghia
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Registered: November 2000
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed January 17, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have been living on my C-30 for two years now. Excellent space for a 30 footer. She sails very well, but it is a good idea to reef early to keep the weather helm in check.
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browneyedsailor
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Registered: April 2001
Posts: 3
Review Date: Wed April 18, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've lived on my Catalina 30' for 3
years. Great room for one. Good storage. My favorite is the large comfortable cockpit.
The v-berth is large and comfortable for two. The quarter berth is long, but only comfortable for one.
Sails very well. Forgiving and easy to singlehand


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nanna
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Registered: October 2001
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri October 26, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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new bottom 9-01loaded ex.shape 31900.oo
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Review Date: Fri February 1, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Nice old boat. 26yrs old but still in pretty good shape. Just had a complete peel and Bcoat on hull. Just finishing new standing rigging and upgraded lower chain plates. Sails great for her shape and size. Tons of room and very comfortable to cruise. As some have noted it's not a Cadillac but has all you need. Cost per pleasurable hour is pretty hard to beat.
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Review Date: Thu November 21, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have sailed my Catalina 30 in Texas (Lake Texoma, Lake Lewisville) for 2 years. It is a great boat for single handing. Great for first time boat owners -- big enough to spend the weekend -- small enough that you can maintain it yourself. It is definitely a good investment.
Feel free to email me if you have questions (tomhogan1@aol.com).
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masonb
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Registered: November 2002
Review Date: Mon December 2, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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See,
www.catalinaowners.com
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Review Date: Thu July 31, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned Delfina for 8 years now and have sailed here from Baltimore to the Virgin Islands on an adventure in 1996 and 97.

She is currently in Puerto Rico and for sale as I don't get to use her enough. She had an atomic 4 which I removed after getting tired of dealing with it.

All in all the boat has proven to be a very good sailor in most conditions. She is not made for the conditions encountered in the trade winds and the tall rig and bow sprit are not needed in the trades. Just adds weight aloft, for the 20knot normal trades a normal rig would be better. The boat is very comfortable to live in and we did for several years.

She is all around a very good vessel for the money and a coastal crusier than can be extended to do the caribbean if one uses careful judgement as to the weather and avoids passages of more than 48 hours in my opinion. I've sailer her many, many miles and must say I am happy with the boat. Only real negative was the atomic 4 but perhaps mine just was too old and tired being 20 years old or so when I left.
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Review Date: Thu July 31, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned Delfina for 8 years now and have sailed here from Baltimore to the Virgin Islands on an adventure in 1996 and 97.

She is currently in Puerto Rico and for sale as I don't get to use her enough. She had an atomic 4 which I removed after getting tired of dealing with it.

All in all the boat has proven to be a very good sailor in most conditions. She is not made for the conditions encountered in the trade winds and the tall rig and bow sprit are not needed in the trades. Just adds weight aloft, for the 20knot normal trades a normal rig would be better. The boat is very comfortable to live in and we did for several years.

She is all around a very good vessel for the money and a coastal crusier than can be extended to do the caribbean if one uses careful judgement as to the weather and avoids passages of more than 48 hours in my opinion. I've sailer her many, many miles and must say I am happy with the boat. Only real negative was the atomic 4 but perhaps mine just was too old and tired being 20 years old or so when I left.
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gshar1
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Registered: February 2002
Review Date: Wed September 22, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat is in perfect condition. Have put $32000 in replacements and upgrades in the past 36 months.
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ussbs
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Registered: May 2003
Posts: 4
Review Date: Wed October 20, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my '81 hardin 45 with a 65 hp Ford Lehman diesel, for two years now, have just about done a complete refit, new sails and furling, solar panels, electrical, plumbing, and cosmetic.

The boat is a gracious, comfortable old lady, who can kick up her heels when the wind's over 15 kts.

Not much info on these boats, so if anybody wants to share their experiences with it I would be glad to participate
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