I've been looking at an early '70's Catalina 30. I haven't been aboard yet (she's on the hard); but I've looked her over pretty well from the outside.
I'd like to ask a couple of questions in general; and some specific ones as well.
DISCLAIMER::: I fully understand all about getting a survey, etc. etc. etc. I will not purchase a boat based on what you guys tell me; though I may decline a purchase based on what you may tell me.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.......
First, some background:
Things I have been told by the owner:
The boat is a 1973
The Atomic 4 engine was rebuilt at the end of the last year it sailed
4" of the keel were trimmed from the bottom
Things I have observed:
The hull is very nice, with no apparent blisters
The rudder is very solid, moves smoothly, turning the wheel at the same time
The keel has what appears are some cracks (photos below)
The last year of registration is '03, so it has been on the hard for at least 4 years
Questions for Ya'll:
Take a look at the pics. Do these cracks look like a deal breaker?
I read a thread somewhere about a related issue, someone referred to a "Catalina Smile"; and from the context I thought this might be what they were talking about.
Why would someone shave 4 inches of the bottom of the keel???
At this point I think the boat deserves a closer look; provided someone doesn't tell me that the keel is gonna pop off when the travel lift picks her up...
The price seems reasonable; and I think there are some definite negotiating points.
So what do you think about the keel???