Join Date: Aug 2008
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Why no Catalinas in the Caribbean?
As I was reading my "Mainsheet" magazine, I found an apparent paradox. The one story from a C400 owner who had cruised the Caribbean mentioned that he hadn't seen any other Catalinas in his voyages. Then there was another article about a C36 owner that raced the TransPac (and won, if I remember right). What's the deal? I know Catalinas aren't really considered bluewater cruisers (or racers, for that matter), and aren't really the old-shoe types many advocate for cruising on a budget. However, I don't really see why a Catalina isn't suited for live-aboard island hopping. Sure, maybe something like a Caliber would be a bit better, but it's also twice the price. If all those Beneteaus and Jeanneau's out there can suffer the abuse of the charter trade, certainly a Catalina could survive some extend cruising.
I think "Sail" magazine summed up the Catalina philosophy best recently when they said that they are certainly built to a price, just not the lowest price. I guess I'm just surprised that more people don't choose them to cruise on (CD is obviously the exception).
Catalina 350 "Golden Handcuffs" sailing out of Galveston Bay, TX