Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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If you are capable of making repairs on your own, then by all means, go ahead and buy an older used boat in good condition. You aren't paying for interest or depreciation, and unless you make a big mistake, interest and depreciation will be more than your repairs.
Be careful about the engine, and make sure that it is on good order, and will propel you in the manner you have become accustomed.
Catalina 30s of that era could have either Atomic 4 gas engines, 20HP or much smaller diesels. If you plan to do a lot of motoring, then I would recommend the 20 HP diesel (M25)
I'm very happy with my Catalina 30, but there are also lots of other makes of nice boats you might want to consider.
1987 CS 36 Merlin "Kyrie"
"They drove a dump truck full of money up to my house. I'm not made of stone!" -Krusty the Clown