Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kirkland, Washington
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I've owned my 1984 Catalina 30 for almost three years now.
She's a great boat, and perfect for what I use her for, which is daysails, and cruising with my family of four.
Since you are looking at a 1988, you'll have the T-shaped cockpit, which accommodates the wheel better.
I've never seen a 30 foot boat with as much space inside. She sails well. Not a demon to windward, but still good performance.
There's a lot of teasing on this site about Catalinas in general, but it's mostly just good-natured ribbing.
Catalinas weren't designed to sail around the world, but are great for local cruising and daysails.
I'm very glad I bought mine.
There's a good reason that there were over 6000 of them made.
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