Seaworthiness and seakindliness have a lot more to do with the design of the boat and how it will handle heavy weather. The Catalina 30 was designed as a coastal cruiser and is relatively lightly built. Just adding a storm jib to it isn't going to really help much since it is sadly lacking in other areas.
For instance, the interior of the Catalina 30 is fairly spacious and has a lack of good handholds which are a necessity for moving about the cabin safely in heavy weather.
The Catalina 30 has a spade rudder versus a keel or skeg-hung rudder.
The Catalina 30 has no real bridgedeck to prevent downflooding if the boat should be pooped. The companionway is rather wide and the drop boards are tapered, meaning they can come out rather easily if the boat is knocked down.
Catalina 30 Mk II cockpit:
Cape Dory 30 Cockpit
And the list goes on...
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Thanks for your answer. Could you be more specific on the seaworthyness? - I have only experience with a very stable full keel boat. Do you think having a good Storm Jib can keep the Catalina enough stable in the waves? Are there any other 'adjustments' to make her more seaworthy? Because I dont believe in always finding the right weather conditions - if your trip is long enough sooner or later it gets you... Are there any other advantages/disadvantages that you could share with me about these two boats, or recommendations?
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