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Catalina 270
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Description: Catalina 270
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Registered: April 2000
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Review Date: Sat February 8, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


The 270 is one of the largest boats of this size range. The private aft cabin is especially good for parents needing privacy from children. The boat comes well equiped for coastal cruising. The mainsheet traveler and winches are on the cabin top which makes single handling more difficult as wind strenght increases. The materials and hardware are above average for this price range but some of the assembly on my early version (#5 in series) is mediocre. For instance, the windows and hatch had to be resealed because of water leakage. On the other hand, all the major systems work well and have required no attention other then expected maintenance. This boat strikes a nice balance because it isn't so large as to intimidate but it has the same systems as larger yachts. When you master it I suspect you can master any cruising auxilary with a minimum of adjustment. The boat is well balanced and stiff even with my 150 genoa. My wife and daughter feel very secure in it. My boat stays on our lake year round and the batteries have to this point always started it in the Spring. I would recommend this boat as a starting cruising auxiliary for someone like myself who is wanting to learn about cruisers and who will need to do his own maintenance. Catalina is the value leader and competitive in other aspects also.

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Review Date: Thu February 12, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Dimensions: 27' 00" (L.O.A.); 23' 09" (L.W.L.); 9' 03" (Beam); 3' 06" (Draft); 2,000 lbs (Ballast); 6,400 lbs (Displacement); 37' 02" (Distance from waterline to masthead); 05' 11" (Maximum headroom in main cabin)

Capacities: 18 gl (Water tank); 6 gl (Water heater); 14 gl (Fuel Tank); 18 gl (Holding tank); 2.2 ft2 (Ice box capacity)

Data: 31% (Ballast/displacement ratio); 6.53 kts (Theoretical hull speed); 161.9 ft2 (Mainsail); 206.6 ft2 (135% Genoa)

Miscellaneous: The engine is a 2-cylinder, 18 hp, Westerbeke diesel. She has a 3 bladed cuising prop. There is a 28" Edson destroyer wheel. Engine controls and wheel brake are mounted on the pedestal.

Comments: I bought this boat almost new. The previous owner had just retired and had traded her in for a Nimble trawler. He got tired of messing around with sails! I have really enjoyed her over the last 1 1/2 years. So far I have had just some minor problems with leaking plumbing lines and similar small items. It is my opinion that the only reason I saw these problems at all is because the first owner had never even used the galley or head and so had not ever tried anything.

She sails well and she is fairly stiff for a boat of her size. This is something my wife appreciates (she has never been fond of "tippy" boats!). I have found that she is very responsive to the helm, both under sail and under power. She is extremely easy to manuver around an anchorage or at a marina. The down side of this manuverability is that she is not easy to balance out for self-steering (although in all honesty I haven't spent much time with this aspect of her performance).

My biggest complaint is with the arrangement of the jib sheets and winches. I single-hand the boat a lot and the helm is positioned so far behind the jib sheets and winches that you have to move around well foward of the wheel to adjust the jib sheets as when you are tacking.

I love the big-boat feel that she has and the swim platform and swim ladder arrangement is the very best I have ever seen on any boat, regardless of size.

I would have to say my overall satisfaction with this boat is quite high and I feel this boat provides quite good value. Please feel free to email me if you have any specific questions.


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Registered: January 2006
Review Date: Wed March 15, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Stiff, well-balanced, points well, responsive, and economical
Cons: Traveler and winches well forward of the wheel

My 270 is well apportioned, easy to sail single-handed and a joy for cruising. I bought her after 8 years of light use, indoor storage and Lake Michigan sailing (practically new). I jumped from a 13 foot Zuma (Laser) to a boat twice the size for two reasons. Safety on the Big Lake and the ability to overnight. I have had her out in 6-8' Lake Michigan chop with 35 kph winds and she took it with easy. Don't get me wrong, there were some thrills but I always felt safe.
As others have mentioned, it is a little harder to single-hand because tackle placement, but you learn ways change tack without going forward. With autopilot it's a cinch. Mine is powered by a 3 cyl. Perkins Perama M-20 and I have gone from Holland, MI to Frankfort on 3/4 tank on light beam winds. It is hard to find parts for, though.
The rear cabin is a little cramped but comfortable and is private. I often spend overnights with my two young daughters (my wife is a land-lubber). The galley's stove, sink and inboard ice chest are fine for 2-3 days of meals. The enclosed head is somewhat tight for a 6' tall man but it does the job and is conveniently located. The plumbing provides plenty of hot water and the water tank provides enough for a 3-4 day excursion away from facilities. While I would like a larger boat some day, it is has been a perfect starter for day and family sailing.
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