Re: I Think I Found The Right Boat
Catalina 25 is 4400lbs, not 2900 (maybe that is the 22?). 27 is 6900 lbs. The point is still completely valid.
25 is a great first boat because in the right wind it feels more like an agile small boat, but it is cruiseable. It's easy to figure out from the 25 if you are interested in more performance oriented or more cruiser oriented boats in the future.
The 25 is a very cheap boat to maintain. The systems are trivial: hand pump water, outboard, simple electrical with <10 circuits, and a transom hung rudder. The 27 has quite a bit more stuff which means more to spend money on and maintain.
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior