Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Maine Coast
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I have owned to many sailboats to count over the years. 10 years ago I got the bug again and wound up buying a Catalina 30. I wanted to hate Catalina's (being from Maine where everyone sails Hinkley and Morris Yachts) until I had surveyed 6 supposedly better built boats including a Sabre, Cape Dory, Pearson, J30, Morris 26, and a Bristol 32 only to find major structural problems on boats that were advertised in Bristol condition. Are all these boats better built than a C-30, yes no doubt, but they too are not immune from aging.
I really like the people at Catalina. Last summer I needed a stainless prop shaft and coupling for our Catalina 36 and it only cost me $135.00 shipped from California to Maine and it was there in 4 days. I had my local prop shop quote me 389.00 and two weeks. When I called Catalina they pulled the build sheet on my boat and knew the exact length of my shaft with out me pulling the boat and removing the shaft to measure it. I figured that one repair saved me over a thousand dollars because Catalina is;
1) still in business and
2) has their stuff together by still keeping my original build sheet on hand.
My boat yard pulled our boat at 8:00 am and I did the repair myself and was back in the H20 at 6:00 that evening. My yard charges 140.00 a day for short haul summer storage because they can and they are short on space. I have had many similar good experiences with the folks at Catalina and can''t say enough good about them.
I''d consider buying another Cat 30 if I decided to downsize.
Last edited by Maine Sail; 07-18-2013 at 10:01 AM.