We'll likely be at Cedar Mills this weekend to have a look at the boat, unless the weather is truly foul. It sounds like you're leaving for an extended cruise soon. Happy for you and wish we could be out there, too!! We're still stuck in the career grind trying to build the "Cruising Kitty". After much debate and consideration, we've decided that the Catalina 42 is likely not what we will eventually take onto the open ocean....a whole host of reasons (I tend to study a lot). But it is indeed a nice boat to enjoy in the interim. The current field of study is to narrow our thinking down to the "Final Boat" (I suppose this is grist for another thread, although the topic has been beaten to death over the years!)
The invitation to join us is sincere...we love to socialize, particularly with other sailors! If you're interested now, or before you depart on the extended cruise, please send a "private message", and we'll give you my cell phone number.
By the way, the boat has the same name as my handle here!