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Cal 31 vs. Bristol 31.1 vs. Catalina 34
I've found these 3 boats in my price range, and planning to check them out this week. How would they compare for cruising SF bay? No plans to go outside the Golden Gate in these boats - bay and delta only.
Cal 31 is a 79, $16K
84 Bristol 31.1 has the tall rig - not a bad thing I suspect, given the displacement. SA/D is still quite low. Interior is gorgeous. Must have taken half a teak forest. Price 40K.
88 Catalina 34 beats the others on hull speed and space in the interior. Price 45K.
To be honest all 3 are big enough for my needs. What I really want is a quality boat that will hold it's value, sleeps 2 comfortably, and is stable, stiff and forgiving. Hence leaning towards the Bristol, whose tank-like qualities are appealing.
Cal 31 is the outlier at half the price of the other two but I could use some of the change for upgrades. It is the lightest by far and has the highest SA/D at nearly 18.
Last edited by MarkSF; 03-14-2011 at 10:58 PM.