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Re: Catalina 34

I am definetely biased, but the C34.org website is a wonderful resource for you.

The 34/36 are basically the same boat. Cockpit is identical! V birth bigger on the 34, which is all of 8" shorter than the 36 LOA. I prefer the aft head to the forward head of the 36. The salon is really the only difference in the boats.

I shopped a lot of boats before buying the C34, and basically bought it because it was pretty much bullet proof. Great sailing boat, easy systems, and the greatest owner website you will probably ever find. If they don't have the answers....they will!

Interesting, had this conversation with the new owner of my old boat this morning as we were sailing it in 15+ kts. and having a great time.

If the boat is in good shape....buy it.

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Re: Catalina 34

Keep in mind there are multiple versions of the C34. Fin keel/shoal keel, standard rig/tall rig, MK 1/MK 1.5/MK2, etc. On the Hudson and southern New England coast my choice would be a fin keel/tall rig version. The Mk 1.5 or MK2 with the swim platform stern is a nice plus. Don't think you can go wrong with a C34 that is in decent shape and priced right.
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Re: Catalina 34

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Engine (Universal M25) started nicely, did not smoke, ran fine at idle, full throttle, and at cruising speed. It seemed kind of rough between say 1200 and 1500 RPM.
Yep the Universal M25's are all rough in that range. The solution is to replace the stock motor mounts with Vetus K75's. The difference in smoothing out the engine is nothing short of amazing.

I'll echo the recommendation to check out the C34 site. It's a great source of info.

I thought the "Catalina smile" was only an issue on early versions of the Catalina 30, not on the 34, but again I'd check out the C34 site.

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My thought is I should not loose too much money (well it is a boat) and might sell quick enough if I want to sell in 4 years and get a more serious cruising boat.
That was our thought process. When we bought our boat in '08 we assumed we'd go bigger. But here it is 2014 and we're still very happy with her.

If you do decide to sail off for distant horizons some day there will always be a market for a well maintained Catalina.

Also I wouldn't worry too much about tall rig vs. standard. There is a difference in performance but it's not night and day.

If you have specific question you might also reach out to Stu Jackson. Stu's active on this site and on CatalinaOwners.com. He's a wealth of technical info on the C34 and is active in the association.

Best of luck with her.
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Re: Catalina 34

I have always liked the 34. The only problem I have found is that, with the holding tank below the water line, the seacock has to be closed right after emptying; otherwise it fills with sea water quite quickly.

Since the OP is in the US he will not have that problem as he always pumps out.

(edit) OK what should we call that valve?
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Re: Catalina 34

The M25 is a great motor. 21 HP (not 25) and it is great on fuel... I believe that it uses about 1/3 gallon per hour at cruising speed. The M25 is based on the Kubota D850 tractor engine. Parts are readily available from Kubota tractor parts sources, or on-line, at 1/3 to 1/10 the cost of "marine parts." I have made a bunch of posts about maintaining mine.
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Re: Catalina 34

The C34 was on my very short list when looking last year. The excellent owner support was a huge factor to me, although we ended up getting a Bene 331. Around here, the C34 seemed a little pricey--good if you're already an owner!
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Re: Catalina 34

Having the M25 in my C30, it's been great. Strong when I need it, Hyper-efficient, and easy to learn to fix just about anything after a few website searches. Of course, it shakes and sounds like the tractor engine that it is, but I love the sound of the diesel chugging away.

The benefits of a well-liked, mass-produced boat is availability of parts, a huge community of people who owned or own them to help you, and resale value.

Sounds like you have a good trusting relationship with the PO and a regular used-condition boat to buy. And as most Catalina owners will tell you, the 'smile' isn't that big of a deal. It's not like the keel is going to snap off and sink one day.
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Re: Catalina 34

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Yep the Universal M25's are all rough in that range. The solution is to replace the stock motor mounts with Vetus K75's. The difference in smoothing out the engine is nothing short of amazing.

I'll echo the recommendation to check out the C34 site. It's a great source of info.

I thought the "Catalina smile" was only an issue on early versions of the Catalina 30, not on the 34, but again I'd check out the C34 site.
Yes, joined that site, seems to have a lot of info.

I believe the smile effects the 34 up to mid 1988 or 89. So it would effect this boat, but I don't think it sounds like a deal killer. Just something to be aware of and will need to be fixed.


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That was our thought process. When we bought our boat in '08 we assumed we'd go bigger. But here it is 2014 and we're still very happy with her.

If you do decide to sail off for distant horizons some day there will always be a market for a well maintained Catalina.

Also I wouldn't worry too much about tall rig vs. standard. There is a difference in performance but it's not night and day.

If you have specific question you might also reach out to Stu Jackson. Stu's active on this site and on CatalinaOwners.com. He's a wealth of technical info on the C34 and is active in the association.

Best of luck with her.
It actually had a replacement mast, that replaced the custom roller furling mast the original owner installed when boat was new. Current owner does not know if it is considered tall or standard. He did say it has a water to mast top of 53 foot.
I am going to try to get back to it this weekend and get some photos.

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Re: Catalina 34

Get in that Miata and go take some pics man!
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Re: Catalina 34

53' mast should be the tall rig.
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