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post #25 of Old 12-23-2006
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I have the older Mac Venture 25 and don't feel at all at risk sailing the 30 miles to Catalina. That is actually what the boat was built for. The plant is here in Costa Mesa overlooking Newport Harbor and on a clear day from the roof of the factory you could see Catalina. I have had mine out is 4-6' seas with 1-2' wind waves and single handed it was no fun and I ran for home. Unfortunately I only make 6mph under power. none the less is a swell and moderate wind she is fine trailer sailor and I would put her anywhere I would put a Catalina 22 or Hunter 23. The Catalina 25 is a little better built than my boat. I have more than a dozen 25's 26D's and 26S and I don't see one that has significant signs of wear. Faded paint is the worst thing. Common sense is what you need most. You also don't really want more than two and maybe a small child on the 25 overnight. I would guess 2 adults and 2 small children for any of the 26s.
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