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post #5 of Old 06-01-2009
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Originally Posted by CatalinaFan View Post

I am now able to buy a sailboat to live aboard and cruise.
Looking at a 2002 Catalina 390 with 1776 hours on the yanmar,
and 3 years of continuous cruising under her belt. She has been setting
for 2 years now with light use.

She has lots of systems on board.
Watermaker, generator, 2 air conditioners, radar, etc.

My concern is that the regular maintenance was neglected.
I was wondering if this boat would be worth the $144,000
we have tentatively agreed on?

Would I have systems break down and drain my cruising
kitty? Would it be better to keep it simple and not have all the
nice but not needed stuff?

She has had the forward water tank replaced with a steel fuel tank.
The head uses fresh water to flush.

Thanks for any advice,


P.S. I'm a first time cruising wannabe.
Catalina Fan, I have a 390 that I bought new in 2002. It's been a great boat with no real problems. I do over maintain it so it does run well. I feel it's a little under powered with only a 40hp Yanmar. It's very noisy at the high RPM's that it is meant to run at. The 390 has very little storage so I was curious where they put the watermaker and the 3 AC units. My advice is to have the boat surveyed by a reputable surveyor. That would give you an idea of any serious maintenance issues.
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