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Catalina 25 or Oday 22?
Ok to get to the point, I am buying a boat tomorrow. It is down to two of them and its tough. Basically its a very clean oday 22 or a catalina 25 that needs just a bit of cleaning mainly. Here is the deal, the oday was well taken care of, looks nearly new and has a nice nissan 9.9 outboard. Sails are in great shape and bottom was painted recently. Rigging, mast, all of it in top shape. Beautiful boat and it stands out at the marina big time. The catalina, main problem I have is the guy told me it was submerged before. He said it had water all in it, another boat was against it at the marina and caused the back end and cockpit to go into the water and the boat filled up and was completely submerged. He has a mercury 6hp on it that he claims will run if new gas is put in and carbs are cleaned. Being on the inside of the boat, its hard to tell it had water in it. He has 4 sails in nearly new condition. From looking in the boat, I seen most of it was fiberglass or plastic, I did not notice much wood other then cabinets and a room divider and table. They appeared to be ok. I wonder what is the worse thing that could happen if it was submerged in the water? Even if I had to eventually replace some wood or wiring I am not so worried or should I be?
At last the Oday is only $200 more then the catalina because they are more open on the price. The guy selling the catalina is firm on his price. I am on the fence at the moment on this. Maybe someone can give me some suggestions especially about the catalina being previously submerged. I am not sure when it happened, I will need to ask him how long ago it was and how long it actually was submerged before they took care of it. I really like the 25 size but the oday is just a beautiful boat.