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post #21 of Old 06-10-2011
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We have a 1984 Catalina 27 (dinette model with aft galley) with a 9.9 Yamaha outboard on it and use it exactly as the OP plans. My biggest complaint would be insufficient power to make it through some of the rapids at tide change (Vancouver second narrows for example). The Yamaha engine has been very reliable as has the boat with no significant problems and minimal annual maintenance costs. The boat handles well and is a good boat to learn on and is easy to single hand. Likely to have to replace standing rigging soon and just did running rigging this spring for under $400.
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