For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30
We have owned and sailed our 1984 I-28 for about 7 years. I spend about 1/2 the season single handing and the other cruising for up to a week at a time with my wife and 4year old. I'm biased, but think its an excellent boat all around. The PO loved it as well-so much that he not only invested multiples of its market value in upgrade s and maintenance, but they insisted on interviewing my wife and I before the sale (to make sure she would be cared for. Our little I-28 was featured in Robert Perry's more recent book. (Thanks Bob!)
If you are still interested in the I28, pls send me a PM. I can in turn send pics etc. we are considering moving onto a larger boat.
Good luck with your search!