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Catalina 310
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Description: Catalina 310
Keywords: Catalina 310
 


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Review Date: Tue April 2, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Have sail the boat in many conditions and it handles very well. It's not a tender boat so you can get out there and really push the boat.
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allcystemsgo
Junior Member

Registered: June 2002
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed February 5, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great boat. The boat sails well for its size and handles rough weather exceptionally well. The cockpit is so roomy you will think you are on a much larger boat. This boat can be singlehanded very easily from its' well laid out cockpit design. The equimpment, standard accessories, fit and trim on this boat are exceptional for a production boat. The boat is large enough for a small family of four to spend long weekends on, yet it is small enought for that same family to handle and afford.
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msimpson1319
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Registered: January 2003
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed March 5, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The 310 has been a perfect upgrade boat for my wife and I (we had a Catalina 250). We mostly day sail with friends and family, so most of the time everyone is in the cockpit. The 310's cockpit has accomodated 8 adults under sail - a little tight, but we were comfortable.

The boat is extrememly easy to sail singlehanded as I have had to race by myself from time to time over the past four series (the boat does not have an autopilot). She is quick in the water and will hold her own against Catalina 36's, 32's, and the like. We have been using a PHRF of 189 and it seems to be fair. In light air she's a pig, but most bigger boats are.

Engine service points are easy to reach as the stairs over the engine can be detached - a plus.

This boat is very similar to the Catalina 320, but decide how you will sail and use the boat. If you plan to entertain and daysail a lot - go for the 310. If you enjoy more salon space below, pick the 320. Those are the simplest differences I have seen, but there are, of course, many more. Overall, a great boat and would recommend it to anyone interested.
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Kgezella

S/V "Juliet"

Registered: April 2002
Location: Rockwall, Texas
Posts: 2
Review Date: Sun October 10, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Cons:

Amenities, Sailing ability, price and quality. I recently traded in my Cal 2-25 that I really loved after 2 foot itis at the Dallas Winter Boat Show in 2004 got the best of my wife and I. If you are looking for a boat that has a large cockpit, airy and roomy salon, easy sail handling and great performance-the 310 is a very good choice.

SAILING ABILITY: Even though I have been sailing for almost 10 years I still feel I have much to learn. I started sailing with a friend on his Alberg 30. My first boat was a Spirit 6.5, then the Cal 2-25 and now the Catalina 310. The 310 sails very well for a cruser type sail boat. In light winds its not uncommon for us to go out with winds of 10 knots or less-I'll unfurl the 150 Genoa and leave the main down and still sail along at 2 to 3 knots. In heavy air she seems rock solid because I opted for the Fin keel (6.3 ft draft) and the wide beam. If I keep the sails trimmed properly I can keep full sail up (sometimes rolling in the 150 a turn or two) in winds up to 20 knots. Over 20 I reef the main and the genoa and sail along just fine. The 310 is not a racer but will hold her own in local "Beer Can" regattas. (I actually took third place in Dallas Race Week 2004 in Main and Jib).

What I like Best about the 310:
*Big Cockpit
*Open Salon with non traditional interior
*Brand Name equipment-Lemar (44's) winches, Dutchman sail flaking system, Schafer Rolling Furling, Alder-Barber Refer, etc.
*Interior amenities-Soild surface Counter top-Catalinas verison for Corian, Great Head layout, Forward cabin-WOW innerspring matress, Hangin locker lined in cedar, swinging TV mount
*Storage-Plenty everwhere
* Design and looks-not to "Modern", not too "old fashioned"

What I don't Like:
* Nav station is small (but for where I sail-Lake Ray Hubbard-I use line of sight anyway-IF in the gulf or whatever I bet your navigate from the cockpit anyway
*Some fit and finish not perfect-mainy in the fiberglass-all minor cosmetic. Interior Woodworking is outstanding.
* there is a engine virbration at idle-Around 800-900 rpm once you set it for 1000 it goes away

What I added:
Three blade crusing prop (Great choice for manvering), AC/Heat installed by my dealer, Raytheon ST60 Wind/Depth/Speed, Half Bimini, Fin keel, 150 Genoa, White "Leatherette interior, TV mount, Lexon compaionway doors, Canavas package, VHF radio with Ram mic at Helm station, AM/FM CD player

What I'll add next:
Auto Pilot and Chart plotter
Spinaker gear for Asymentical

Please visit my website for more info or to contact me:
http://kgezella.tripod.com/
Thanks
Skipper Ken
S/V "Juliet"



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Fair Winds and Following Seas
Skipper Ken
S/V "Juliet"
Catalina 310-Hull#282
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jonfreeman
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Registered: December 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 16
Review Date: Thu February 24, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Open salon, island berth forward, small but nice head. Great boat for two to cruise. Sailing performance is good for cruising boat. Boat is easy to single hand, and always feels safe and under control. Love the maneuverability in a seaway. Turns on a dime
Cons: Till now have used original 12 year old sails, and have been happy, but not thrilled. Ordered new sails (main and 135) this year. WIll update after I get some miles on 'em. Wish there was more storage, but a minor issue.

Owned a C-350 before. Was too tall below for us short folks to see out. Really detracted from enjoyment. The 310 allows us to be below and see the sights. Wife doesn't get seasick when under way and down below. Open and bright salon is a huge positive for us. So many boats are dark and claustrophobic feeling.

We added diesel hydronic heat (routed through water heater), and rerouted the jib furling line to the aft pushpit using a mainsheet block with a cam cleat. Two best additions we have made to the boat.

Also have added Spinlock clutches (on the cabin top) to the traveler lines which makes it WAY easier to adjust the traveler single handed.

Holding tank plumbing is behind an inaccessible bulkhead, which will complicate the inevitablke hose replacement (maybe next year). Size of starboard hot water tank (20 gallons) seems crazy big, and does mean a long time to heat up, but apparently it offsets the port side batteries, lazarette, and holding tank weight. Still, I am inclined to go smaller when it dies.

My wife and I have spent many days and nights on the boat and week long triips are very comfortable. Sea motion is pleasant. Will keep this boat for a long time.
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Dreaming

Junior Member

Registered: May 2013
Location: San Jose
Posts: 17
Review Date: Wed October 2, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Cozy, smooth and easy sailor, great for beginners or a first boat
Cons: Windows are prone to leaking, Compression post on earlier models may be too short

I got a great deal on a former charter boat otherwise I wouldn't have been able to afford this new of a boat. The Girlfriend and I absolutely love this boat. It was designed with a cruising couple in mind and in works exceptionally well for this. I will be cruising the boat from Monterey Bay to Redwood City in the South SF Bay in a couple weeks with Myself and two crew and it will be perfect.

Reading from the forums it seems like the windows are prone to leaking but this is a fairly easy fix. In my opinion the Water heater may be a bit too big and that space could have gone to more freshwater storage.

This is my first boat and I feel that this is a forgiving and smooth sailor for someone to cut their teeth on when it comes to boat ownership. The systems all seem fairly straight forward and fairly easy for a DIY'er to work on.

Loving the boat so far!

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S/V "Harmony" 2000 Catalina 310 Hull #31
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