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post #11 of 71 Old 07-23-2006
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Also, it's not the same as a 380. The 380 is a more modern high, wide ass kind of boat. The old 38 is more stable. Narrow, higher ballast ratio and higher ultimate stability rating. The numbers don't lie. Not to call down the 380, she's a nice boat but these wide in the ass comfort cruisers are a liability offshore.
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The problem you would have on a trip like that would be tankage. The fresh water tank is only around 35 gallons and the diesel tank is around 21. Check www.catalina38.org for more info.

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Thanks Russ

I was thinking of a desalinator for the water. but the fuel could be a problem any idea re flexible fuel bladers, is there room to locate an extra 60 to 80 gallons, this would give @ 640 miles. at 6 knots.
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There is quite a bit of room under the starboard settee, and there is a huge sail locker/lazarette under the port seat in the cockpit, though I don't know if you would want to add that much weight back there. There is also some room in the bow under the v-berth in front of the fresh water tank. BTW, the holding tank is also only about 25-30 gallons, but you probably wouldn't need to worry about that. I recommend joining the e-mail list at catalina38.org and ask your questions there, you will get a HUGE response.

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38 Catalina Offshore

Hello I am the owner of a Catalina 38 Hull # 33 she is fast and sturdy in most conditions. I have been offshore in the boat several times and never felt the first sign of stress due to working hull or bulkheads moving ect. I just compleated 1400 miles and the boat is in Texas and is for sale.......... My health is failing which is a bummer since I wanted to sail to guess where, OZ. Well I guess I will have to fly down sometime. email me at libertywhispers@yahoo.com I will be glad to tell you everything about the Catalina 38 yachts which are IOR boats and were limited in numbers built to around 240 total. Fast ocean going /racing yachts is what they are all have some minor issues but tough as an Aussies hide. GuDay! see www.cataqlina38.org
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did it eventually happened?

I am just about to buy a C38 with the idea to sail to australia and resale the boat there. i was wondering what happened with the project and if there is anything i can learn from people who've taken boats across to australia.
i guess it is a far shot cause this thread 's last post is five years ago but if anybody have anything to say i'll be glad to hear it
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I am just about to buy a C38 with the idea to sail to australia and resale the boat there. i was wondering what happened with the project and if there is anything i can learn from people who've taken boats across to australia.
i guess it is a far shot cause this thread 's last post is five years ago but if anybody have anything to say i'll be glad to hear it
Simon eventually bought an older Ericson 39 and did exactly what he proposed.. with minimal fanfare and complete success.

Funny, when I saw your post I ended up reading the OP and for a moment thought he was going to do it all over again, and had to laugh at SD's question of whether he had the experience... then I noticed the date!

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Yes, the experience Simon has today is a bit different than when I asked about it back in 2006.
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Funny, when I saw your post I ended up reading the OP and for a moment thought he was going to do it all over again, and had to laugh at SD's question of whether he had the experience... then I noticed the date!

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Here's an unfortunate example:
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Australia is a long way in a Catalina.
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......Australia is a long way in a Catalina.
Australia's a long way in a Hinckley too!

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