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I've been looking at boats in that size range, and waiting for the survey to come back on a Cal 2-27. A friend has a Newport 27 with a shower in the head, and the interior space in that boat is amazing. I'm moving up from a San Juan 21, and it feels like I'm wandering around in someone's family room. It is an easy boat to sail. I've been out with her several times and because I have a bit more sailing experience she lets me virtually singlehand it. She got it for well under 10k, but I think it was a lower than normal market price. This boat seems well built, but the lines don't have a lot of appeal to me personally.



I second the idea that an enclosure in the cockpit with a solar shower type arrangement is the way to go. Unless you go up to a much bigger boat a built-in shower will function like sitting in the sink with a sprayer.

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I second the Catalina 30 vote. Huge interior (although not large enough for my wife's taste), inside shower, very good sailing abilities, and lots of them around. Yes, they may be the Ford of boats, but there is a reason there are so many around (the most popular 30-footer ever built).

I too would like to hear more about the broken mast in 25 knots. Sounds like poor maintenance to me. I have been out in much more wind than that and have easily handled it. Stop the Catalina bashing - the OP didn't say he wanted to circumnavigate, he wants a good cheap boat. That is a Catalina.

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My Buddy had a nice little Catalina 22, and the Mast Broke, I don't think it was due to bad upkeep, but the boat was built in the 80's. I used to Race him with my San Juan 24, and it just seemed to me that the rigging was cheap, and alot of the parts where kinda of Cheap, it wasn't as solid as my San Juan 24, that I rode Hurricane Charley out in 2004 on Ft. Myers Beach with. I guess Catalina's are just not for me, the complaint on the c30 would be My biggest concern with the C-30 is hinged mast stepped instead of keel stepped. But then again for $10.000 or under and for interior space, A Catalina would be the way to go for some, it's just not a boat I would want. I Didn't mean to Disrespect anyone's boat, So If I Offended anyone, I am Sorry. Capt. Mike
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Capt. Mike, thanks, and sorry if I got a little froggy myself.

Let's go sailing!

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There is nothing wrong with a properly installed deck stepped mast and it would be my preference at least up to 35' or so.
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Be aware that since there were so many Catalina 27s and 30s made that they come in different 'flavors'. One flavor choice is 'tall rig' or 'std rig'; the 'tall rig' has more sail area. Another choice is the keel type: shoal draft, or fin keel etc.
We regularly race against two C 30s, one is a 'std rig' and the other the 'tall rig'. The 'tall rig' boat invariably beats us while we often beat the 'std rig' C 30 in our nearly antique Tartan 27. Some of this may be due to the skippers but a lot of it is just plain physics and more sail area means more lift and speed.
Consider some of the Ericson boats as well. They make a 27 and a 30.
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i live around birmingham alabama, but have family in panama city fl, so i go down there pretty often.
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what about a 1981 watkins 27
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My 2 cents...

A Craigslist 1973 Catalina 27 got me on the water a year and a half ago.

Then I've spent since then either sailing her or learning a whole lot about redoing rigging, replacing thru-hulls, rebedding deck hardware, refinishing teak, working on outboards, bottom painting, redoing boat wiring...but no kidding, working on her has been as much fun as sailing her.

I don't think the mast is going to fall off, nor the keel drop to the bottom...

(Maybe I shouldn't have said that!)

But just another perspective...
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