Re: For a family of 4 - Islander 28 vs Catalina 30
Yep, the boat was a 1978 Pearson 30, so she's from before the 303 came out. The wheel may have been aftermarket, I'm not certain and I don't think the seller would know, either.
The Cape Dory's cockpit was, if my memory serves me correctly, the smallest of the four boats I visited. It might work OK for the four of us, but any more will be a problem.
Faster, your comment about not giving up is very timely. I'm just about at the end of my search. I have a few more boats to look at, then I think I may give up. The local brokers all say sales are picking up, which means I'll have a lot of competition this season, and my pockets aren't as deep as many of the other buyers. Plus, the marinas I've talked to on the bay have said that they are getting busier, in part because some of the other marinas were hit bad and haven't recovered yet (and may not recover in time for the start of the season). So, if I wait too much longer (I still have another month or so, in my estimation), I'll be facing increasing competition on the buying side, plus I may wind up with a boat and no place to keep her! But I do appreciate the sentiment, and there are a few boats still to look at.
KWaltersMI - I like your blog! And thank you for the comment. I wonder some times whether I'm giving TMI. I REALLY appreciate Alex, Chef, Faster, et. al., taking the time to provide feedback, but some times I think I'm just wasting their time with my random observations and questions. It's nice to know that my search, and comments, might actually be helpful for others!
For what it's worth, here's my "short list" of boats that seem to fit my needs:
Pearson 28 (cockpit was a bit tight, but not bad)
Islander 28 with wheel steering (the transom-mounted wheel was really great on the one I saw)
I have been aboard all of those, and they all could work for me. I'm curious to see the Hunter 34/35, Endeavour 32, Pearson 323, and S2 9.2A. The O'Day 30's look like they might work, too, but the cockpit seems like it might be on the small side. As of now, I'm scheduled to see the Pearson 323, Hunter 34/35 (I'm not 100% sure which it is), and S2 this weekend, though my last conversation with the brokers suggested that there might be an issue.
I still really like the Catalina 30 and the Allmand 31. For a family cruiser, they seem tough to beat.
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