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Re: New Catalina Yachts
My understanding of Catalina joinery work is that it is mostly wood veneer with a little bit of solid wood in areas that get high abrasion.
True, but most of the competitors that you cite have moved to melamine fake woodgrain instead of wood veneer.
Many also have vinyl headliners that will degas their plasticizer over time and eventually crack. Some of that vinyl crap can also be found on the walls in the staterooms. I walk through display boats at boat shows (or look at boats I charter) and just scratch my head over this stuff that will look terrible in 10 years.
I'm not saying that this is necessarily enough to justify the price differential, but I do notice the difference when I walk through a Catalina vs. the other price point boats.
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)
PO of 1998 Catalina 250WK Take Five (new owners relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
1991 17' Trophy (Lake Wallenpaupack)
1985 14' Phantom (Lake Wallenpaupack)