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Thanks for the input. Does anyone have any experience with the three boats I mentioned, the Catalina 28, 270 and Hunter 27?
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have experience on the 270 and the hunter27, both very nice sailing boats for your purposes. The QC on the hunter isn't all that bad. I just get a hinky feeling about that rigging, Yea, I know its not logical, but its how I feel
Now, this is my personal opinion, that and 50 cents gets you a newspaper....
If it were me, and if it were my cash, (and its not), I'd save a pile of that by looking for a used catalina 27. they're rock solid, are as nicely oufitted as either of the above (ok, no sugar scoop,deal with it) and you can pocket a serious amount of cash you were going to spend and have just as much fun.
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In my previous post I got caught up talking about the c320 but I had 3 great years with the c28. It is a lot more boat than the c27 or c270. It's not just the sugar scoop transom that is so nice in comparison to the 'tiny hiny' of the c27, it's the walk-thru that gives you your own private dock/swim platform which is especially good for the lake sailing you're talking about. The big fat ass which I agree may not be good for offshore work is great for lake or coastal cruising because it gives you a large bed underneath the giant cockpit. As for the c270 I don't like the idea of the only 2 winches stuck up on the cabin top instead of the 4 where they belong on the c28. Some like the open forward berth of the c270 while my preference is the separate room type on the c28 even if it is only used for storage. I don't take the 'floating condo' remark as some kind of horrible insult because the c28 sails reasonably well and I like to be comfortable whether at the dock, anchored 5 miles away after a nice day sail, or 50 miles away on a cruise.
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Hi Stan,

What's a Nauticater doing reminiscing about Catalinas . . . thought you and Christy were happy with your move-up. :-)

We're still waiting to see those Cuttyhunk rendezvous photos.
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Because he is reminiscing about the worlds finest built yachts and realizes he should have stayed!!

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I think even Cam had Catalinas, if I am not mistaken. Now, if I can only get Sailingdog to come out of the closet...

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I was actually ready to accept the c320 as my last boat until as luck would have it while steering the Admiral and Chief Financeer towards an older Nauticat for a re-furbish the 'perfect for us' newer one became available. I'm still in shock she actually went for it..$$$. Even after some extension work on my part to stretch the aft berth into a Full she misses the Queen size bed we had on the c320 though. Other than that - We Be Happy !!!
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Stan,

If there's one thing my wife (unfortunately, NOT the Cheif financier) wasn't completely happy with also, is the pullman style, double size aft cabin berth - which I believe is the same size as on your later model NC 331. We actually like the forward V-berth much better. With the filler cushion at almost 8 feet wide x 7 ft long, the V-berth is the largest I've ever seen on ANY size sailboat. With the ensuite head, the master aft cabin makes a great private suite for our cruising guests. They love it.

Hope to see you both on the Bay again next season.
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