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CAL 31 - Catalina 30 - Irwin 30 - Pearson 30

Hello I was just wondering if anyone out there has a CAL 31, Catalina 30, Irwin 30, or a Pearson 30. What is your thoughts on these four boats for cruising bahamas area. What advantages or disadvantages might they have? Thank you
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CAL 31 - Catalina 30 - Irwin 30 - Pearson 30

For starters, the Catalina offers at least twice the space below and on deck as the Pearson, with lots of storage. Catalinas may not be as well put together as the Pearson, but a newer Catalina might be in equivalent condition to an older Pearson. The smaller boat will be easier to get off the sandbars you''ll run on to, and will likely be cheaper. You have to decide what you''re looking for.
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The boat will be for liveaboard and I plan to spend only 30k so they will all have to be mid 80''s boats. Thanks for your input
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I love the Cal 31 in every respect. My ONLY issue would be the cockpit. It is very small. As roomy as most 34''s below. For liveaboard, you would be fine. Just can''t have 4-5 in cockpit comfortably. They sail great as well, if that is of importance. I would then go Pearson 303 next...

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I have a 33'' Cal 1988. Just bought last December. I removed the stern rail and for $150 had stern rail seats added. The cushions which bolted onto the rail was another $100. Gave me lots of room and is
very comfortable. Cal is a great boat!
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Stern Seats for Cal?

Chuck711, you say you removed your stern rail and put stern seats in. How did you do that and how did it turn out? I've got a Cal 31 I really like, but the cockpit does get cramped. If I could do that for $150 I think I probably would.

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The boat will be for liveaboard and I plan to spend only 30k so they will all have to be mid 80''s boats. Thanks for your input
If you're going to be living aboard, I'd definitely go with the Catalina. It's big everywhere -- cockpit, below, on deck. Mid-1980s you can get a good one for $25,000.
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You guys do realize this thread is almost 5 years old, don't you? But in case the OP is still looking, there's been a family of three living onboard for 15 years, currently on a Catalina 30 at my dock. They absolutely love their boat and I have to admit, it is a huge 30 footer.

They were full time liveaboards before buying a house this year, even through some harsh NE winters - teenage daughter was born on their last boat, which was much smaller. I spoke with the dad last weekend - said the girls and he are going through some serious boat withdrawal and will continue to spend lots of time aboard all winter. I suspect they will end up renting the house out.
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