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What to offer on 2006 Catalina 309

Hi, I've searched the forum and read everything there is pertaining to the 309. I've seen the various videos from Cruising World and Lats & Atts. I like this boat for my family of 5 (3 kids), in Florida day sailing and occasional weekends (maybe to the bahamas?). At around 100k it's at the very top end of our budget.

There is a dealer down here that has a new 2006 in inventory and we are going down to look at it this weekend. It seems to have all the standard equipment including a bimini. Any idea on what would be a good price on this since it's 2 years old now?

Also, one of the things that worries me is that there is not a Catalina dealer in our immediate area, the one we are traveling to is 2 hours a way... so it looks like I'm going to be without much dealer support should something go wrong. Any comments on what to expect with this boat?

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Buc Lists the boat at 87-95K for used...you should expect a 10% premium on that if new so the asking price is in the ballpark...depending on additional equipment. Assuming the boat has nothing...I'd offer $85K and see where it goes.
I would not worry about dealer support too much...you just may need to bring it in for an extended "repair" once you sort out the bugs...but they make a pretty reliable product and have a good reputation for standing bhind it. The 309 has been well received in the market given the loyalty to its' predecessor.
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bdolnik - You should be able to swing a very good deal on a new boat that old (assuming it is actually still new and not a trade in). If it is new, both the dealer and the manufacturer want that boat sold! As far as dealer support, the general impression I have from other Catalina owners is that if the dealer can't readily help for whatever reason, the manufacturer can. I've also heard horror stories of non-existent support, but you hear that with every manufacturer - with the possible exception of Amel...

I was on the sea trial in Seattle for our TV review and really enjoyed the sailing performance. The broker who was with us had been a Catalina dealer for over 30 years, and he was actually really surprised/impressed with the 309. With the roomy interior and set up, I think it's a great little boat for your family with your intended use.

Anyway, as Catalina reportedly has the highest repeat customer percentage in the industry (I would like to see the source for that claim), they must have a ton of happy customers out there over the years. Which indicates they and their dealers are for the most part doing most things right.

Good luck - let us know how it goes.


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Thanks Camaraderie, the dealer quoted $89.5 via email so I think you nailed it right on the head. We may come away with a new boat if he'll take $85 which is what I'm hoping for.
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Thanks Moonfish I just watched your video again, I can't tell you how great it is to have a video review to look at when shopping for a boat! Hope Catalina is appreciative

I'll post the outcome after we take a first hand look at her.
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it might be a demo...
I wouldn't have a problem with what others here have said.

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