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post #11 of 14 Old 10-10-2004
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I''ve sailed Catalina 27s that had relatively light weather helms, so I don''t think it''s characteristic of the design.
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Hi, I have owned a Catalina 27 for the last 5 years, and it was my first boat. I didn’t know anything about boats. Nothing. I took a few lessons like your self, loved it! I beat the crap out of that boat, I mean I abused it. That was when I was 15. I sailed with friends with full sail in 30 knots, over-nighter at 16 to NYC with out permission. I mean really the boat blessed me. I learned a lot from that boat.
Now I do ocean deliveries and I’ve got to be in one of the highest brackets in terms of licensing available. I am buying a new boat, a Fast Passage 39 “Moonshine”. Which I plan on sailing off into oblivion with. But I owe it all to the C-27 for teaching me the basic skills and fundamentals. If you have problems fighting the helm “weather helm” take some sail down. I go out on 30 kt days by my self and I hang off the forestay, watching everyone struggle with a full crew. The boat steers itself upwind with balanced sails. THANKS DOYLE.
Bottom line “It’s just a boat, not the space shuttle” so if you like it and it feels right when you step on it, just get the damn thing and have fun.

Little side note******** Some crazy sailed one around the world through the southern ocean so keep things in perspective. And always remember to wear lifejackets if you’re scared.

-Chris Connolly
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I had a 1979 Catalina 27 w/diesel for 10 years. Always sailed in the Great South Bay Long Island, NY. I was always reluctant to take it out the inlet. Didn''t trust the rigging and deck crazing in stress places made me stay in the Bay. On the plus side the diesel will outlive us and it was a great boat to learn on. Now have a Com-pac 27 and I have no problems doing coastal. I feel the difference and there isn''t a mark crack or otherwise on the whole boat and i''ve gone over it with a magnifying glass.
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Here is a link with some thoughts about prepping a Catalina 27 for offshore.

A whole lot of things to think about!
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