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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

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About the only thing I can find is this review. I'm unsure how far I would trust a review on a site that's built to talk about that very boat, but something is better than nothing!

While you are deciding, don't throw out an alternative due to asking price. The NADA used boat pricing guide can give you a ballpark for what a reasonable asking price should be, but that isn't the price dealers will list. According to NADA a 1995 Catalina 270 without spinnaker but with the usual equipment should have an average retail price around $22K while a 1995 30MkIII should have an average retail listing of $32K. In this market you should be able to get well below these numbers in negotiations, especially if you are dealing with an owner rather than a broker.

One final bit of advice ... there is no substitute for personal experience. Find a possibility and at least take a test sail. Better yet, try it out overnight if they'll let you. And never buy without a survey -- you'll get a much better idea of the condition and it can give you leverage to lower the price when they find something that needs fixing.

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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

Kalina, I know the local marketplace fairly well, and might be able to help you out. What is your budget, and what are your needs?
As an aside, rather than continuing to hijack this thread, start a new one, "Help! Boat shopping on Great Lakes, Ontario"
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That brings up anther question...somewhere I believe on this site I read where someone was suggesting that if you are not embarrassed by your offer (somewhere just south of half the asking price) it is not low enough. Would anybody else agree with that?
Depends. the price might be a bargain to begin with or it might be grossly overpriced. If it's a bargain, you might have to grab it quick at full asking price or you may lose it.
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Kalina, I know the local marketplace fairly well, and might be able to help you out. What is your budget, and what are your needs?
As an aside, rather than continuing to hijack this thread, start a new one, "Help! Boat shopping on Great Lakes, Ontario"
Good idea....sorry for hijacking and I'll move on to a new post.
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Thank you...I actually looked at a 1980 Hughes 31...really nice boat.

Is a Hughes what you sail?
Sorry, no. I sail an Islander 30 Bahama. They do look somewhat alike, don't they?

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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

I realize this thread is getting old... but I came across it looking for Catalina 270 info. I tried to send a PM to the original poster but I just joined sailnet and can't PM....

My wife and I are in the early research phase of purchasing our first sailboat. We have a 15 month old and another on the way so it will probably be 2 - 3 years... hopefully enough time to save enough for a decent family cruiser. We intend to sail and slip on Lake Pepin which is a very wide 22 mile stretch of the Mississippi river on the MN/WI border. We had been dreaming of something like a Beneteau 311 or a Catalina 30 or 320 but they are 45k-60k. I came across the Cataline 270 yesterday semi-locally looking on Craigslist of all places. It's a 1996 for around 25k. We have similar requirements as you: diesel, pedestal, sugar scoop. Did you eventually purchase a 270? If so, how do you like it? I crew with a local club and found out yesterday there is a 270 there so I'm hoping to find out who owns it and get a closer look. Anyway, if you have any thoughts or experience on the 270 or any other boat that fits the bill it'd be great to hear from you!

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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

No I wound up buying a 1994 Precision 28. Very happy with it. See Precision 28
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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

Cool, thanks for the reply... I'll check it out.

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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

Sailboatdata lists beam onna 270 at 9.83' Ya know yer gonna need a pro w/a BIG trailer and an oversize permit, doncha??

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Re: Looking for a Catalina 270 detailed review

I am 9'2" wide with my 25 footer. You do need an oversize permit to move, but huge trailer? Eh... if it doesn't require a gooseneck or 5th wheel, it's a baby trailer.

The 270 isn't impossible to do the same. Wouldn't want to do it often, but twice a year would be OK.

You don't get tricky moving the boats until they hit say 13 feet wide (escort vehicle etc necessary).
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