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post #4 of Old 04-17-2009
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i have a 1980 catalina 27 and i too liveonboard at least during the week. i find i have plenty of storage space under both settees and i have made shelves under the vberth. it is a little small but im only 5ft8 so headroom isnt an issue. judy's catalina site has great storage ideas that im slowly getting worked into my boat. its gets quite cold here in the winter but i use a little caframo 110 heater to heat the cabin as well have a dickenson propane heater on the bulkhead. catalina's arent insulated so you need to work a little harder keeping it heated. one of the biggest heat losses i have found is the companionway hatch. i have made up some covered round foam inserts that work great to seal off the draft and using storm plastic on the inside of the windows helps alot too.
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