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Catalina 30
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Description: Catalina 30
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Review Date: Mon November 11, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a Catalina short rig. I have just bought it.
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Review Date: Wed November 13, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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For the money the Catalina 30 is a lot of boat. I use it 80%
of the time for coastal cruising and 20% for going to the Bahamas.
I have made several crossings in farily rough seas and had no major
problems.
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Review Date: Sat November 30, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Fin keel, 21 HP Universal Diesel
Fantastic interior for a 30" boat, excellent factory assistance
Weakness: weather helm develops quickly; reef needed at 15 knots+
For coastal cruising, I would definitely buy another Catlina.
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Review Date: Thu January 2, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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It's a good boat for the money.
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Review Date: Mon February 24, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Overal good cruising boat for the cost. Many changes made
to this model over the years. Some good! Some Not So Good!
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Registered: June 2000
Review Date: Wed March 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sold 2/25/1998





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Review Date: Mon April 14, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have owned the boat for 13 years - very happy with it.
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Review Date: Mon June 2, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Frank Butler and Jerry Douglas hit a home run when they designed and built this boat. It has the interior room of other 34-37 boats; additionally, it is a relatively stiff boat. I sail all year round on the lower Chesapeake Bay--yes, that includes Januarry and February, and I have yet to encounter any weather or sea conditions that would cause this boat problems.

Having just returned from a boat delivery--St. Croix, Virgin Islands to Norfolk, Virginia on a Valiant 40--and encountered two separate gales off the dreaded Cape Hatteras, I must confess, I was glad I was on the Valiant and not my Catalina 30. The Catalina is an excellent coastal cruiser. Would it have survived the two gales? I think yes. Would I want to be on one in those conditions? No.

To conclude, the Catalina 30 is an excellent boat for the money. (Their market value has increased the last two years.)I've had mine for eight years and would purchase another.
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Review Date: Thu July 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This example has roller furling with 150% genoa, a Yanmar 12 hp diesel, and wheel steering. The boat sails well in light air. A reef is needed when the wind gets above 17knts. It points well and is light and sensitive to wheel adjustments. The cabin is quite spacious for a 30 footer with a drop-down table seating 4-5 comfortably. the aft double is best used for storage. the table converts to a double, but it is too short for a 6 footer. The V berth is roomy.

The engine is inadequate for the wieght. It's impossible to get to hull speed in the best of conditions. When wind and waves are against you, 2-3 knots is tops. A 3-bladed prop would probably help. It's a stiff boat and dry as well - fun to sail.
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Review Date: Wed October 29, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The C30 is a great boat for coastal cruising and daysailing. It has an almost 11' beam, so it's roomier than most 30-footers. It's very stiff and stable. My boat is in pretty good condition despite being 20 years old, so it seems to stand up to time well. One weak point is possible dry rot at the stanchion bases (fixed with epoxy). I'm very happy with it!
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Review Date: Thu October 29, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I think that the catalina 30 is probably the one of the best
coastal cruisers of all time. Mind you it is a chevy not a cadilac. But that makes it more affordable and a greater value.

I have a collection of pictures of 'The Other Woman' at the URL: http://www.ultranet.com/~sramsay/boat.htm
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Review Date: Sat November 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A very good bay/coastal cruiser. Somewhat stiff and a little
wet. Easy to maintain. I've owned one for 10+ years and have
no intentions of getting rid of it. I sail 12 months of the
year in all weather conditions. Clearly a lot of boat for the money.
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Review Date: Wed January 6, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Still one of the best designed 30 ft boats out there for the money. Owned mine for 6 years and found her to be a very forgiving stable coastal cruiser. Did take her to Bermuda in 1993. Experienced some wear but overall no problems. Weaknesses are lack of reinforcement in bows (oil canning in seas) and insufficient bonding of interior pan to hull. Also bulkheads need to be attached better whereever you can get to them to hul, liner and deck. But, I would buy another for coastal cruising. Is an excellent cost concious Bahamas boat. Steers well under autopilot or Navik wind vane.
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Review Date: Fri March 19, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 30 is a very stable boat. It has lots of room
and easy access to engine compartment. Its not a racing boat
but a great cruiser. We are very satisfied with the Catalina
30.
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Review Date: Tue September 21, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hull # 1067 Yanmar Diesel, Tiller....This boat is a great all around vessel from cruising to club racing. The sailnet group is a wealth of information. The C30 sleeps seven no problem. Catalina has built alot of these boats. The design favours flat water with high winds, but goes well in light air. Must fall of the wind in chop and waves. Well laid out for anyone who wants to cruise. The PHRF rating is easily sailed and will provide the skipper with a goodly amount of the hardware at club racing. No real weaknesses just do the up grades, spreaders and stroud fittings and other small items. I am extremely pleased with my boat and during the last forty years I have owned a number of different boats. For the money I don't think you could get better value.
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