81 Catalina 38 '''' Sparkman Stevens
Your forum thread is a year and a half old, but I''m moved to contribute in any case. I hope you bought the Cat 38!
I''ve sailed a Catalina 38 for several years (hull #357, built in 1988). She''s a spectacular boat, indeed designed by S&S, and many truths about the design were discussed in the thread.
She loves to go to windward, and is in fact a bit ''squirelly'' off-wind. She was under-powered when we had a two-blade prop, but goes well with a new three-bladed prop, easily making 6 knots. Just the same, going through the CC canal against the current wouldn''t be my preference.
If you''re near Rhode Island, and own the Catalina, reply and perhaps we can compare notes further.