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max83 04-17-2007 12:08 AM

Hunter 25 versus Catalina 250
Looking for input on comparison between Hunter 25 shoal keel and Catalina 250 wing keel for recreational sailing on lakes - any other manufacturers suggested? Looking at new purchase - need shallower draft - looking for ease in single handing or for two - overall length 28' or less.

Sailormann 04-17-2007 02:09 AM

Com Pac 25, Precision 23, Schock Harbor 25, Santana 22

sailingdog 04-17-2007 06:03 AM

Are you planning on keeping it in the water or trailering the boat? Also, have you looked at any multihulls? The Corsair F24, would be an excellent choice for you. ;)

PBzeer 04-17-2007 08:34 AM

If not leaving in the water, check the Hunter 26 or 260, very easy to raise the mast on those models.

max83 04-17-2007 03:34 PM

thanks for input
Thanks for all the input so far. I'm new to this site and have found several other threads since I posted this one that have been very helpful also.

The sailboat will typically be kept on a lift on a boathouse - nice size lake (by inland standards?) with greatly variable water level season to season (rain dependant) - thus the need for shallow draft. Lake is Y-shaped approx. 15 miles long on each of the three legs and approx. 7 miles wide where all three legs meet. With high winds the water can get pretty rough for a landlocked lake.

The trailering option would allow the ability to experience other locations with the same boat on a limited basis. I'm new to sailing and trying to find a new boat (not overwhelmed with repair issues) that will be a good entry level but will carry me into the next decade as my sailing skills improve. I'm not looking to do any racing - mainly pleasure cruising with long term option to do short cruising trips elsewhere.


Neises 04-17-2007 04:13 PM

You might consider a smaller boat (21-23') with swing keel, much easier to explore different lakes with ability to use questionable ramps. Sail it for a season or two & learn what you want/need for that long term option.
That's what I'm doing anyway.

h16Sailor 04-18-2007 09:38 AM

Max 38,
I am not able to spend 75k+ on a recreational activity. Saying this, the new Hunters and Catalinas are almost out of my price range. Like you I am trying to compair the two, I want to move between lakes and am looking more for a trailerable 'water camper' than a j-22.
I have looked at compaired these two boats on land, paper and my wife likes the interior layout of the Hunter better, I like the Catalina beter. I have no basis except what i've read online.

I keep telling myself this is supose to be my 'recreation'
I have not made a decision about the two. keep me informed about your choice and decision process.

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