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Old 12-12-2007
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Originally Posted by kwaltersmi View Post
Great website, Joe!

I like the Catalina 27 a lot. I've thought about it as a nice "next step" boat for me and my family. Here's a nice creampuff example in my backyard: http://www.yachtworld.com/core/listi..._id=53789&url=

Best of luck!
Thanks for the comment on the website... Let me make a suggestion on purchase. In the fall before I bought my boat Good Old Boat magazine had an article about buying used boats and had suggestions on how to make offers. Basically it said offer way low and negotiate up. Thatís what I did and I think my $6K was a good deal. One more suggestion, make the offer in the winter. The reason is NO one looks at boats in the winter and the seller will be more agreeable to offers. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Sailing on The Central Chesapeake Bay, West River, MD on my Catalina 27, Aelous II with my wife and friends.
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Congrats on your purchase, being on the water is awesome and the Cat 27 sails very nicely. Here's a line with the purists I like to use: they'll say, "well the boat is a production boat!" I will respond with: "My BMW is a production car but I love it."
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Be sure to join Catalina27.org, pay the dues and get the Mainsheet magazine, the best mag for maintaining a C-27.
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Originally Posted by mccary View Post
I have been a sailor on The Chesapeake bay for almost 30 years. I have sailed on boats from 8' to 300' including my 22' Seafarer and a Skipjack (for a day) and 2 square rigged ships (both short times as well). Most of my sailing will be with my wife, but I consider it short handed sailing and would like to rig the boat for single handed. Any tips you may have would be helpful.

Racing isn't in my plans although I have raced extensively on a Tartan 33R on The Bay a while back. I see my sailing as mostly day sailing and weekend trips with the possibility of a week long voyage. I have sailed The Bay from Georgetown on The Sassafras to Yorktown on The York. But the majority of my sailing has been around the central part, Annapolis to Herring Bay with West River as my center of the sailing universe.

I am seriously considering purchasing a used Cat 27 this coming winter/spring. I am seeking any tips you may have on what to watch for. I think I want to only consider an Outboard version so when I have to deal with re-power it is greatly simplified and less costly.

Joe McCary
West River, MD

Hi Joe,

I have a 75 Catalina - Dinette shoal draft. We love it! I completely restored it inside and out and will do it again when in needs it. They get decent PHRF ratings and do well as a cruiser, big enough to sleep on, small enough to sling around. Everyone I have ever spoken to that has moved up or on has always wished they had their 27 back. Look for keel seperation on older ones and make sure the chainplates are updated. Other than that they are bullet proof with parts everywhere. Kind of like the chevy 350 Good luck!

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