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Congrates Jet. Cal 30 is a very nice boat. The Wife and I have our looking list this weekend and nothing is under 32'. If its in your budget, go big or go home in this market.
And yes this will be our first sail boat as well.
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That is a great looking boat!

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Thanks all, we got her home yesterday. 70nm in 13hrs.
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Congrats Jet..Enjoy her

YOou love the jacks once you rig them to be out of the way when raising the main.

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From one new owner to another - CONGRATS! I looked at Cats and they are GREAT boats. When I stepped on my Pearson, I knew it was the one for me - personal choice only, and would have been very happy with a Cat!

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Nice Boat

Congrats Jet, a fine looking vessel! I too am from NE Ohio on Lake Erie and I'm on the hunt for my first boat. Had similar questions about boat length and have received the same advice you got here. Took ASA 101, 103, and 104 on a 43' Dufour Gibsea (ridiculous...boat was so big it had two wheels)...amazing how it changes your perspective on what is a big boat.

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Good luck on your search for a boat. There are a lot of great used boats out there.
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I started with a Rasmus35 and my wife and I had a great time learning in the Columbia River Gorge. We now have a Pearson 422.
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Congrats on you new boat. You probably already know but its one of the most popular designs ever. I know you're gonna enjoy it.

If it hasn't already been mentioned, it will no doubt be worth the cost to consider membership in the Catalina 30 Owners group. I've found the C36 group to be a great resource (the C34 guys are great also). In addition to access to a vast amount of type specific info there is a Quarterly print magazine with sections for all the different designs.

Catalina also provides great support even to those of us buying older Catalina's.

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Congrats on the boat, want to second midlifesailor's suggestion about joining the owner's group. I've joined owner's groups for the three boats I have owned and got a lot of excellent advice and information from them. A definite plus when having problems being able to talk to someone that has been there and done it before you.
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