Re: Cat 25
Originally Posted by MarkCK
As a general rule you can never go wrong with a Catalina. They build a nice boat at a good price.
Not for early Catalinas. Catalinas from the 1970's and 1980's were definitely of average or below average quality compared to many of their competitors of that era. They were better built than Coronados (Frank Butler's previous boat company), but that ain't saying much. Ericson, Cal/Jensen, Islander, Pearson, et cetera all had better build quality, IMHO. Newer Catalinas are of better quality, but all manufacturers seem to be building better boats since about 1990, or so. It's a bit like cars; a Dodge of today may be better built than a Honda or Toyota from 1970, but it's still not that great compared to its CONTEMPORARY competition.
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