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Be aware that pre 1987/1988 C-30's had plywood laminated into the keel stub that can get wet and rot.
Digging this out, replacing any eroded keel bolts and doing this repair can be 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the boats you're looking at. If it were me buying a Catalina again, I would not look at any that had the wood stub, but only based on experience and because I have been on the receiving end of this repair....
If you do look at pre 87/88 boats be SURE to do a thorough keel stub survey and perhaps a core sample. The bilge should have been BONE DRY for a number of days in order to get proper moisture readings. This wood core is almost 1.5" thick on many of them so the meter will not read the lead and will read the moisture IF the bilge has been adequately dried.
All that being said the one for 20k with the re-power, new sails, furler etc. looks like a much better deal though it is the shoal draft version. Keep in mind that the 5411 Universal is raw water cooled and 11 HP is light for that boat......
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 07-27-2011 at 08:37 AM.