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Catalina 250
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Description: Catalina 250
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Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue November 26, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Full rig boat with strong weather helm, comfortable to sail and fun to stay aboard. It has proven a great boat for a beginner, as it is rather forgiving. Weakness in galley with one-burner butane stove; other short coming according to some might be the smallish porta-potty capacity; most will want to modify access into the storage areas.
Overall we are quite pleased with the boat.
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Review Date: Thu August 14, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The 250WB is a great 1st or 2nd boat. The arrangements below decks are spacious for a 25 footer and will allow a family of (no more than) 4 to survive comfortably for a week or so. The 250WB is a bit tender but that is to be expected for a water ballasted boat with the center of gravity right below the cabin sole. Proper rig tuning is a must in order to allow the 250 to sail true. We've found she sails best at a 15 - 20 degrees of heel. Reefing is a must in winds above 18 knots. The mast stepping is quick and easy unless one has roller furling. Even with RF and an able helper the boat should be rigged and ready to sail within 45 minutes. All things considered we feel that the 250 will give most day, weekend, and weeklong sailors great value when compared to the competition!

p.s. Tell Frank I sent you!

Phil
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Review Date: Sun June 21, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We are enjoying the ability to take our boat and sail three different coasts by trailer. We vacation on board for up to 10 days at a time. The four of us are close like in a Pop up camper but we can sail out to the reef and stay for days. The wing keel sails fast with the tall rig and light wind performance is good. The keel makes for a stable small boat
for coastal curising. Lots of storage space and a comfortable aft berth. Trailer sailing is the way to go for time pressed sailors to visit more places
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Registered: March 2004
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Review Date: Thu December 2, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This boat is well designed for inland day sailing and coastal cruising. It is an easy boat to sail for two people, since all halyards and sail control lines are led aft to the cockpit. It has a very large cockpit for a 25 footer and can accommodate up to six adults due to the addition of stern seats on the 1999 model. It is also comfortable enough below decks for overnighting with large aft berth, a galley, and enclosed head compartment. The V berth will accommodate several children or a small adult.

Catalina has done a good job of making a comfortable and affordable pocket cruiser without turning it into a whale. At 4,200 lbs total displacement it is light enough to trailer if towed by a stong vehicle. At 8 1/2 feet beam it can be trailered on all roads without any special permits.

The C250 Wing is a stable platform with sufficient keel weight, but must be reefed early to prevent excessive weather helm. The boat is balanced and responsive. It is easy enough to sail that it will not intimidate novice sailors, but will still satisify the more experienced.

The C250 sails reasonably fast for a cruiser/racer. Overall satisfaction is very good.
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Review Date: Sat February 24, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great first boat. It is a well suited to a couple who enjoys inland sailing or weekend coastal cruising. My C250 standard rig, wing keel trailers easily behind a full size tow vehicle. The porta-potty tank is quite small and for those who spend a few nights out away from waste disposal facilities this can be annoying. Only other drawback I have experienced is that the ventilation below deck is not good so a good wind scoop fitted over the forward hatch is a must for sleeping below in warm climates. My hull developed significant blistering a couple of years after I bought it; however, Frank Butler and Catalina Yachts deserve very high praise for their prompt and complete attention to my problem (which is now fully repaired and holding up quite nicely). Overall, it's a great pocket cruiser and well worth the money spent.
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Review Date: Fri September 6, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Overall I am very happy with my Catalina 250. I sail in the Chesapeake Bay from April through November. The 250 is a perfect boat for the bay. The boat sails well in breezes from 5 knots to about 15 knots. I usually reef at about 15 knots. From 15 knots to 20 knots the boat becomes overpowered. At 20 knots all sails come down. The layout of the boat is good. I singlehand the boat most times and even though the sheets are led to the cabin top, I have no problem managing. The only change I would make to my boat is to pass on the steering wheel. A tiller is much more practical for this boat. Besides the fact that the Edson steering system broke, it does limit the movement around the cockpit. Its easy to bang an ankle on the locker clasps as you try to shimmy past the wheel and duck the backstay.
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