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New Boat Purchase
I used to own a Catalina 25. I think its a great boat. Handles a lot rougher weather than you would expect. I would get the fin keel as opposed to the swing keel, Big difference in handling and performance. Also, the "v " berth in the Cat 25 is bigger than in the 27, hard to believe , but true. Im 5-9 and GF is 5''-2'''' and we slept in there just fine. Also the pop top - we had a set-up made that was canvas that draped across the top of the pop-top when up and had screens that flopped down with velcro up windows.
Was real nice at the dock as it gave standing headroom, but was down while sailing. A nice Catalina about 20 years old with a good newer outboard should run between $5,000 and $6,000 and if you ever decide to upgrade, Catalina''s hold their value. The main thing i would check for is on the bulkhead where the chainplates attach to the plywood. If no signs of leaks or rot, then most all else can be surveyed by yourself. Go to library and get a few books on marine surveying and check it out yourself, on a Cat 25, not much to it. Good luck in whatever you do.