Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Annapolis, Md
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Catalina 30''s are an interesting mix. At least where I live they are readily available at very cheap prices and for the money offer a lot of room and a pretty good sailing ability. In the reasonably protected conditions of the Chesapeake you see Catalina 30''s all over the place and the owners seem quite hapy with them. I have sailed on a Catalina 30 on occasion and although the boats are pretty dated they seemed alright for the conditions (8 to 12 knots of wind or so) For the last few years, I have also spent a lot of time sailing on Catalina 27''s.
For all of these boats virtues, they are not very well constructed. When things get dicey they just don''t hold together. Their original hardware is fine in light stuff, but is not up to snuff when things pick up. The hulls flex tremendously and hull deck joint problems show up fairly routinely on boats that have been used pretty hard.
You don''t say where in the Northwest you will be cruising, but there are areas up there that are very harsh venues and frankly I don''t think that the Catalina 30 is the right boat for a harsh venue.