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Randy, I was not familiar with the Catalina boats until last year. And I admit I like them and find them to be very good boats. I am sure that with a few mods you could actually sail around the World in them...altough their niche seems to be coastal navigation, and coastal, you can almost go around the world too, so that's not a limitation.
I have a friend Tommyt that has one and he was very enlightening in explaining the boat. I was impressed.
Last year, I saw 2 of the models in detail on a trip to Boston, and one 400 like CD's in St. Thomas. The ones I saw in Boston were side by side (I'm sorry I can't rememebr the sizes at this moment), and I saw them inside out.
I like them a lot and think they are pretty good boats, maybe a bit better that Beneteau, with a lot of space and clever solutions.
I believe that in a boat this price, considered relatively cheap for what it is, some corners have to be cut, so the price remains accessible to the customers Catalina is procuring...as a consequence, when corners are cut, things could be improved or better, and that is where the problem is...not in the sailing characteristics and not in the overall construction quality...the major issues I read are about equipment used, either auxiliar or critical, and its quality...and thoise, my friend, you can fix, improve and optimize in your own time, as expereince shown to you and learnt by you so dictates. And to me, its part of the fun to own a sailboat...the stuff you do to improve it...
You like the boat?? BUY IT..it's a good boat...this coming from a person that hates old stuff...
I would rather buy a new (or recent) Catalina now, that a 1865 Valiant or a 1342 Caliber or a 1235 Passport, or some older 34 feet thick hull boat, no matter how good they were, when Elvis was still alive...(I buy a boat to sail around not to smash against Volvos)....a trend I see seems the fashion around here in sailnet....its classy to own old boats....(excluded those that bought for economical reasons or heart reasons)....
You will have a lot of enjoymnt of a brand new catalina, even if you need to improve some things, which is a lot better than being the work slave of an old crappy boat, and having to repair everything every week, just because when Colombo was sailing they were tough boats...
Last edited by Giulietta; 03-09-2008 at 04:45 PM.