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Re: What can you tell me about Watkins
I would go with the Catalina 30 for your purposes, better sailing boat for the Chesapeake Bay and better looking boat than the Watkins, one of the roomiest 30 footers, and many more owners in the area. Check for the Catalina smile, wet wood in the bilge sump, bad keel bolts and blistering rudder needing replacement. Catalina still offers support for its boats and there are replacement parts available. I would try to find one with a bimini, a wheel, and a diesel instead of the original A4.
The Cals are great sailing boats and probably more rugged, but the Cat 30 has more space inside. I looked at both makes when I was looking for a boat. I would have bought either boat if I could have found the right one in my price range. When a well-priced Cat 30 was offered for sale on a Tuesday near Baltimore, I made arrangements with the seller to see it the following weekend. Unfortunately, it was sold the next day.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 10-11-2012 at 12:17 PM.