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The Mottle 33 is essentially quite capable of doing what you want. At least one of them has done the full circle and for a relatively inexpensive primarily coastal cruising boat they are not a bad choice and are certainly a popular design of their time.
That said 33' feet is pretty small in anyones language for a centre cockpit and stowage space would be at a premium. Fuel and water capacity is not great. Aft cabin somewhat cramped.
Nonetheless their owners seem to love them.
There used to be a quite active owners association btw but I don't know if it still exists.
Personally if I was looking at something that size of that age I'd be having a look at things like Duncanson 34-35, S & S 34, Swanson 32-36, Young 34, Wright 10.6, Cole 35 and even one of ours, the Van De Stadt 34. Not many Catalinas of that age in Oz but you will find some older Beneteaus but they would be a fair bit more money. For sure if I was looking in that price range I'd want aft cockpit.
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Last edited by tdw; 03-24-2009 at 03:51 AM.