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1978 Catalina 30

I recently checked out a 1978 Catalina 30, asking 14,900. Boat looks pretty good except for a crack where the compression post meets the deck and also clearly some issues going on with compression block (looks like a piece of 2x4 wedged in there).

I'm a definite neophyte when it comes to sailboats but a simple web search on cat 30's reveals that the compression block is a common problem. Can someone out there enlighten me on exactly what I'm seeing here? And if it is a major problem, is this something that can be repaired relatively easily? Thanks.
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Re: 1978 Catalina 30

I hope that boat is in tip top condition as that price sounds high for a C-30 of that age.
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Re: 1978 Catalina 30

the plywood floor member in the bilge appears rotted and has compressed. Someone has jammed a wooden shim between the deck and the floor member to take up the space.

All of that must be ripped out and rebuilt. Awkward job and time consuming but not technically demanding.
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I paid 15 grand for an "okay" condition 1990 Cat30 this year.
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Re: 1978 Catalina 30

The compression post has the mast sitting on it. It's not something that should be ignored.

You don't say where you are located in Canada. C30s on the U.S. west coast seemed to be priced much higher than those on the U.S. east coast. There might also be differences in Canada. You should take into consideration your local boat market rather than randomly thrown out suggestions for what should be a good price.
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1978 Catalina 30

I bought a 1977 27 Cat this year for $6250 with $1250 dockage paid. So at $5000 and put in $1500 for upgrade if new mainsail, recut genoa, auto tiller and cover. So be prepared to put money into a boat of that age as I have leaking keel bolts to have tightened or repaired this winter and with a bilge that looks like that be prepared for expenses! The older atomic 4's need upgrades electronic ignition and fuel pump too if that is what it has!
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Re: 1978 Catalina 30

Cataliuna 30's have a owners association. Google it and search and all things C30 are there in the search. Or, ask your question and you will get answers. The Catalina owners, almost all sizes, have a very large and active owners groups. Something over 10,000 C30's are out there .
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Re: 1978 Catalina 30

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Cataliuna 30's have a owners association. Google it and search and all things C30 are there in the search. Or, ask your question and you will get answers. The Catalina owners, almost all sizes, have a very large and active owners groups. Something over 10,000 C30's are out there .
Totally agree...lots of C-30's out there with happy owners. I used to have one myself. Now I have a C-34. The help I got from the C-34 owners website was invaluable.
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Re: 1978 Catalina 30

I agree with the assessments above, it looks like the support under the compression post has rotted. But where did that water come from? It's a deck-stepped mast. That means it didn't just come down a keel-stepped mast, it leaked, and probably through the cabin top. Given the large crack I the roof, I'm going to guess that you have soft spots, or at least significant water penetration, under the mast, too.

How do the chainplates look? Is there any sign of water near them? Is the deck soft near where the chainplates enter, or where they tie into the bulkhead?

From what I've seen the asking price is on the higher-end for a 35 year old boat, even if it was in good condition. If you have the ability to drop the mast yourself, and can do the repairs, you MIGHT be looking at $1000-$1500 and many hours for the repairs. If you're not particularly handy, and would prefer to get a marina involved, prepare to spend $200-300 to have the mast dropped and re-stepped. And if they are going to do the work, you're looking at $75-100/hour for the labor. I'll let others chime in about the number of hours to expect, but I'd guess it's at least 20-25.
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