Originally Posted by chuck53
I don't think you can go wrong with either the Cat 27 or 30. Our first boat was a C-30. After looking at many brands, my wife and I decided a C-27 would be our best bet. We looked at quite a few and just happened on a C-30 one day and fell in love with it the minute we stepped inside the cabin. We had it for 4 years and sold it for $500 less than we paid for it. We are both taller than you guys and we had 2 teenage boys so we really liked the extra room of the 30'. After having a C-22, the 27 will feel huge to you guys. Actually even the C-25 would be a big step up for you but you are right, finding one with an inboard will be next to impossible. Very few were made.
We now have a C-34.
So this C30 that is on our pier that we both love looking at just put a for sale sign on it. We contacted the owners and looked at it and that was a mistake
My wife LOVES it and that does not happen too often. We are crunching numbers now trying to figure out how to make it happen. It's a big jump up, but just perfect for Lake michigan cruising, but we figure we won't need another boat. I guess that fact that the owners take really good care of her and it was perfect looking made my wife love the idea. it's about double or first budget though at around $20K
and we can't trailer it, but we both said "this is the boat" after we looked at her...