I am currently researching Catalina 30s in the 1984 - 1988 range. I currently sail in the Great Lakes region. Cost is one of my main issues. I would expect in some cases a boat of this vintage would have had various upgrades along the way, but not necessarily. I intend to have a purchase survey done before I close on any deal.
My questions are with regard to the Catalina 30 known or expected problems for a boat of this age. What systems and structural elements, are most likely to become major projects on this boat and at what cost? I realize a survey may uncover some of this information, but I value anyone''s insight from past experience. IF fixes run into the thousands, I may be better off looking at a later model.
I have owned an Oday 23 for many years and with the exception of center board projects a rigging refit, and seasonal maintenance this boat has been solid as a rock. I realize a Catalina 30 has much more complex systems than my Oday, so your opinions are welcome.