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We are currently considering the purchase of a 1982 Catalina 30. Of course, we''ll have a thorough survey done, but it would be helpful if others of you who own Catalina 30''s of this vintage would let us know what you like and dislike about the boat, what we should be sure to have checked out by the surveyor, and other info you''d like to share with us.

This will be our first boat.

We look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for your help.
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I may be able to answer many questions you may have
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We have an ''81 Catalina 30 and sail in So. California. She''s a great boat! A couple of things to look for:

* Check the deck below the mast for any compression or "dishing." It''s pretty common and not a terribly serious problem unless there are structural cracks in the deck. If so the factory can supply info on the repair -- drop the mast, dig out rotted wood, inject expoxy to fill void.

* Check base of mast at mast step for any aluminum corrosion. "Dust" or minor pitting is pretty common and not a big problem. Watch for any significant pitting (the problem is the alumimum mast sitting against the stainless steel mast step -- galvanic corrosion).

* In cabin, check wood block mast step at very base of mast in bilge. Watch for softness/rot. If needed you can treat with penetrating epoxy to stop rot; but if the wood''s really gone, it has to be replaced.

* Also check cabin top at mast compression post for any sign of cracks, etc.

* Cabin starboard, check alignment of hanging locker doors -- if seriously out of alignment can be a sign that the bulkhead has come adrift from its attachments to the hull. This is potentially a problem as this bulkhead is the attachment of the chainplates to the hull. Check fasteners.

* Make sure shrouds/chainplates have been upgraded from "eye" bolt attachment to "U" bolt attachment on deck.

We''ve had great fun with our C30, hope this works out for you!

Mike Turner
S/Y Amity
Long Beach, CA
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