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I know that I have sometimes been pretty harsh on Catalinas, but it sounds like they have their act together when it comes to supporting their older models.
I have also been pretty hard on how outdated many of their designs have been, but at this years Annapolis Boat show, I was very impressed with the design direction many of their newer models. They have finally begun to produce boats with updated hull forms and fractional rigs. (Now if they could only get away from in-mast furling, and mid-boom sheeting as their only option and add a backstay adjuster option they might finally have gotten the rig right....I know "picky, picky,picky")
Being laid back cruisers the Catalina 30 has been a great boat for us so far and they've been a great company to deal with.
I think they do a pretty good job of listening to what their customers want. After all no boat is right for everybody. Heck the way the stern seats are laid out on ours really makes it tough to mount a BBQ
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“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau
Last edited by JimMcGee; 10-20-2010 at 08:52 AM.