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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

I would lean towards the Islander just for the draft. Anything much over 4 feet starts to limit you sailing choices where you are.
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

I had really hoped to find a shoal draft version of the C30, but no luck so far.
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

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I had really hoped to find a shoal draft version of the C30, but no luck so far.
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

Still waiting to see the Islander 28, and the C30 owner has gone dark. Very frustrating!
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

Sorry Jim, frustration is never fun. On the other hand C30's are very very common, so there will be more of them to look at soon.
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

That's what I'm afraid of, Alex - with Hurricane Sandy, we're starting to see some of the damaged boats coming on the market. It's the ones where the damage isn't as obvious, or even known by the owner, that scares me. I've been trying to focus on boats that are outside of Sandy's reach, or were for sale before the storm hit, which tells me that the sellers aren't "suddenly motivated" to sell.

On the plus side, it has allowed me to find a few more boats. I now have a lead on an Islander 30 and an S2 9.2. The Islander 30 is a bit farther from home than I'd like, and only has single lifelines (I'd prefer double) but otherwise looks to meet most of my requirements (the photos from the seller seem to show her in decent shape; now I just need to find time to get to see her). I haven't seen pictures of the S2 yet - hopefully they'll be coming later this week, and I may be able to see her in person on Saturday or Sunday.

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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

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If any of the boats you are looking at are in the Chessie area ( Annapolis to Baltimore. I could do a prelim look see for you.

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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

Thanks, Dave, I appreciate that!

We were in Galena and Rock Hall on Saturday - Galena was really pretty. Too far away, but nice and tranquil, at least this time of year. I may be near Havte de Grace this coming weekend to check out a boat, too. After that, I may take you up on your offer!
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

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Thanks for the feedback. If I could find an Islander 30 in my price range that was close(ish) to me, I'd be glad to take a look!
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I thought of you when I saw this 1975 I30 for sale over in Rock Hall, MD. I'd wager you could get it for $6K - $8K. I am guessing it would probably be a 3 - 4 day transit to Barnegat Bay through the ICS from Rock Hall.
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Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30

Thanks! As a matter of fact, I tried to visit her on Saturday, but she's out for repairs and couldn't be seen. I have a strong preference for a wheel, and that particular Islander is tiller-steered. I could look at outfitting her with a transom-mounted wheel, but need to factor that into the cost compared to other boats that are available.

In my mind, at least, the trip up the Chesse and through the canal would be a lot of fun. Tiring, but fun, so I've been sure to include MD and parts of VA in my searches.

Thanks for pointing her out, by the way! If you see anything else, the suggestions are welcome!
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