oh boy. a year on the board, months of working on my boat, and finaly a question I can reply to without completley messing up. =) I feel so experienced
Ok, first thing first, no ones going to tell you that a catalina 27 is a "good" cruising boat. The glass isnt thick, and they''re prone to a whole bunch of issues that make people iffy about taking them long distances.
The good news is that alot of people have them, and hence, there are alot of solutions for most of the issues.
Your first step is definatley to read everything here:
and do everything here:
(from this rather cool 27 site: http://www.geocities.com/catalina+27/ )
Major issues that I''d want to ensure were handled were to ensure proper mast stepping, (no cracks underneath the mast, make sure it''s properly reenforced) and the infamous Catalina Smile (not that complex to fix, but it''s time out of the water)
I''m most definatley not an experienced cruiser (or an inexperienced cruiser) but I''ve got a few friends who''ve laid down the miles on a 27, and while she''s not the perfect beast, they''ve come through fine, and if they''d not gone on the 27, they''d still be inland, watching their cruising enthusiasm dwindle.