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Old 04-08-2011
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S2 8b or Catalina 27? Purchase advise

Hello,
I am looking for a weekend cruiser undeer 30ft and narrowed it down to two boars in my area; a Catalina 27 and an S2 8.0B. I have found a lot of info about these boats but nothing comparing the two directly. it is a very tough choice as both of the boats im considering are in great shape and come at the same price.

S2
1977
Inboard Universal Diesel
A + shape throughout. The boat looks practically new.
comes with only two sails but many extras (covers, bimini, etc)
My only reservation is lack of head-room below. (Im 6'1")

Catalina 27
1978
Outboard 15
"B" shape throughout (solid, but not as clean as S2)
Comes with a set of 5 newer sails, but not much else.

I am finding it really hard to decide. The S2 is very clean and I think has a more valuable engine option. The Catalina on the other hand seems like youre getting more boat.

I would much appreciate any advise regarding cross-shopping these two boats.
Which one is better built? Which is a better sailor? What other factors should i consider between these models?

Thank You
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