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Catalina 275 sport

I have my eye on the new (2014) Catalina 275 sport. I think it's pretty cool.
I have not seen any threads on SN about it, which surprises me, so I thought I'd start one here. It's $80,000 price tag precludes it from being entered into the "Which sport boat to buy?" thread.

I'm interested to know what you think?
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Re: Catalina 275 sport

I love Catalinas but the 275 seems odd. Too expensive for a first boat to learn on. Catalinas aren't known for winning races as far as I know. If they had a plan, I can't figure it out.

And I dislike the hull color.
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Re: Catalina 275 sport

Strange hybrid of a sporty-looking racer and modern family cruiser. Doubt it will be fast enough, based on numbers, to be competitive with the outright racers, or comfortable enough for weekend cruising with the family. It is relatively inexpensive for a new boat, looks cool, and is trailerable.

Will probably sell mucho units because Catalina seems to be well tuned into what the multitude will buy and its marketing is first rate. Catalina sells "sailing" better than any other company. Hey, they are now one of the remaining few surviving sailboat manufacturers left...

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Re: Catalina 275 sport

It isn't really a sport boat compared to something like a Melges 32. It is more like an updated light cruiser/racer. Compare it to the J/80 which is about the same length but 60% of the weight and a much greater SA/D.

It gives Catalina something to sell to sailing clubs for teaching and basic racing. The Capri 22 seems somewhat successful there, but a larger boat is more comfortable with 5 onboard (1 teacher, 4 students).

It probably should have just been sold as a Capri 28.
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Re: Catalina 275 sport

I really like it - an advanced design with racer featers such as rectractable bowspirit and in a near pefect size 2 ton displacemnt with an inboard diesel. Looks like a long cockpit. I totally see where they are going with it.
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Re: Catalina 275 sport

Andy... ridiculous price tag for what you get, IMO. Looking at the literature there's not much difference below between it and a Mtn 242, which would likely sail circles around it and can be had for $10-12K locally.

For a fun, 'knock around the bay' boat in our area it's pretty hard to beat a 242. The newer 244 is perhaps another option (built in the OK) that I believe goes in the $50K range, and it may be possible to order a new 242 out of California.

Might be fun to 'turbo' an older 242 with a sprit!!
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Re: Catalina 275 sport

It's not really fair to compare the new vs used prices. An Olson 30 can be bought for well under $10k and will run circles around it to, but it's also a 30 year old boat (and was probably raced hard).

$80k seems like a pretty aggressive price for a new 28 footer these days. The Hunter 27e is a much more expensive boat that is also going to be a lot slower. What does a brand new J/80 cost? Used ones are $20-$40k.
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It's not really fair to compare the new vs used prices. An Olson 30 can be bought for well under $10k and will run circles around it to, but it's also a 30 year old boat (and was probably raced hard).

$80k seems like a pretty aggressive price for a new 28 footer these days. The Hunter 27e is a much more expensive boat that is also going to be a lot slower. What does a brand new J/80 cost? Used ones are $20-$40k.
Agree, Alex.. my point was for what I see you're getting in the C275 you can do as well (for casual daysail/RTB sailing) with what's out there for a LOT less outlay. The major diff I guess would be the inboard engine - and the 'new-ness'.

Also, a 242 would be a slightly better fit on davits across the transom of Nemier's Nordhaven
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Also, a 242 would be a slightly better fit on davits across the transom of Nemier's Nordhaven

Now that was funny! Good to see that sense of humour again.


Anyway, don't know what to tell you guys,,,, I like it!
The score so far? 2 for ; 5 against.
I'm sure some back-up will be here shortly.
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Re: Catalina 275 sport

A J88 would be a better boat to compare the 275 to vs the 80 IMHO. The 88 would win over the 275 hands down!

Reason I would compare an 88 vs the 80, the 88 has in inboard, about the same wt, altho a foot longer vs a foot short for the 80 vs the 275.. the 88 and 275 ea has a built in head, cooking area, etc.

Not sure the Catalina folks could or were willing to go too far to that sport boat side of things. Looks more like a decent daysailor with a bit of speed. But not that much speed.

I could see where this might work for Neimer as an alternative to the Nordhaven.

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