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Wild, nothing wrong with a Catalina 30 if equipped properly, and depending on the year of the boat. The earlier ones were pretty solid, Butler took the original Yankee design and "butlerized" it when he bought the molds and designs. Up until a few years ago, Catalina 30's had their own class in the TransPac race, and you'll find a lot of the older ('78-'84) 30's are being bought by Aussies and New Zealanders in the states and then sailed back to Australia. In the ocean, no boat is big.
So I don't think the problem is the boat. You'll find Catalina 27's and 30's cruising the south pacific as often as you find any other. The problem lies in stores. Where you gonna keep 5 weeks of food without depending on rice or pasta? Fuel is another consideration. The standard tank was about 18 or 20 gallons and there's a lot of calm far out. Pick one with the Universal 11 hp diesel and reprop to a 3 blade. Water? a 35 gal tank under the starboard setee and a 45 under the V berth should do it and many of the 30's are set up that way. I'd convert one to fuel and depend on rain water or a small watermaker for the rest.
Other than that, know the boat, pick your weather, go.
Just checking in.
Where ya'll keep'n the wimmin 'round here?
Last edited by ianhlnd; 09-24-2008 at 06:04 AM.