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post #12 of Old 03-04-2003
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81 Catalina 38 '''' Sparkman Stevens


I owned C-38 #297 (1985 model) for 5 years. My wife & I lived aboard in SF Bay all that time. Our boat was a well equiped x-racer so we had the full complement of sails. The diesel was a Universal 5424 - 24 HP coupled to a Martec folding prop. I never thought the boat was under powered. In fact, motoring upwind in a chop when we were returning from the Sacremento/San Joaquin river delta, we motored away from a Tayana 42, a J-120, and kept up with a Swan 43 (we were all members of the same yacht club returning from a summer cruise). The Swan was also a S&S design. As far as sailing qualities, she rated PHRF 117 on SF Bay and I always could sail to that rating. The boat was close winded, really liked to reach, but as another poster mentioned kind of a handful dead down wind with the kite up. The my C-38 was also built well. Never broke anything the whole time we owned her. My old C-38 is on the C-38 website under pictures - Flying Bear''s haulout.

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