Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Seattle, WA area
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We decided on the C250 after looking at about 3 dozen boats over a period of a year+. We started out looking at a Catalina 380 to put into charter, but while we were hemming & hawing over whether to buy it or not, someone else did. We found a way better than new Hunter 340 that we actually made an offer on, but the owner wasn't interested in lowering his price, and my wife balked at the potential costs if we couldn't keep it in charter, so we bailed on that. We decided to find a trailer-sailer that we could afford outright, without chartering. We wanted a boat that at a minimum you could stand up in, had a head & galley, none of which our SJ21 has. I can't even kneel inside it. While both of us used to race, neither of us has raced in a decade or more, so we were looking for comfort, not speed. Catalinas were pretty much designed around that concept, and the boat is pretty comfortable, and there's no comparison in that regard to the SJ. In the SJ, you could camp for a weekend, but you'd come home bruised & grumpy, not so in the Catalina. However, the SJ is definitely more fun to sail although that is quite possibly that I simply don't know the systems on the C250 yet, we've only owned it for a bit more than a year, and illness & injury has prevented us from sailing it as much as we like.
We sail on the Puget Sound for the most part. We have a slip in a marina that's just south of downtown Seattle. The sound is an interesting place to sail, but it's not the protected waters that I've done most of my sailing in. I don't think I'd be too comfortable on the SJ in the sound, I like the relative bullet-proof-ness of the Catalina when the weather pipes up, or a giant cargo ship's wake goes by.
Last edited by delliottg; 02-14-2008 at 10:03 AM.