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Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

So I found this website...

www.sailpanache.com

This young guy takes a 1976 Catalina 30 and sails it alone thousands of miles clear across the Pacific Ocean. This is his videos...

www.youtube.com/user/ZacharySOLough

Just curious if a Catalina 30 would be a good choice for setting sail from California to Hawaii, and then heading to the South Pacific.
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Re: Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

Catalina 30 is reasonable. Hawaii not so much. Head down thru Mexico, Galapagos, Marquesas, Tahiti, Cook Islands .... Yada yada .... To the Philippines. Do it now. Easy! You will see Hawaii when you fly home to see mom. It is out of the way. I'm in Honolulu today.....waiting for a flight to Micronesia.

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Re: Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

Well as it has been said here before a thousand times, you can cross an ocean in a kayak, but do you really want to. Not the ideal boat by any measure, but hey Remus is drifting across the Pacific in an even smaller boat, and does not know how to sail and seems to not be able to learn. So anything is possible, but not the smartest way to do it. I tend to think coastal cruising boats like the Catalina 30 can do some offshore jumps, I would not want to cruse across oceans in one. Not designed to do it, not strong enough construction (bulkheads, chain plates, rigging, rig) and not nearly enough tankage.
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I own a Catalina 30. Great boat. Wouldn't cross an ocean in it. This guy ends up with rudder problems (and more) - the boat just isn't built for long-term cruising across oceans.
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I own a Catalina 30. Great boat. Wouldn't cross an ocean in it. This guy ends up with rudder problems (and more) - the boat just isn't built for long-term cruising across oceans.
...yet here they are in paradise.
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I own a Catalina 30. Great boat. Wouldn't cross an ocean in it. This guy ends up with rudder problems (and more) - the boat just isn't built for long-term cruising across oceans.
As a former C30 owner, I totally agree. It was built to be a coastal cruiser, not a blue water boat.
I feel the same about my current C34.
Now, if you want to hop around the Caribbean, go for it. You pretty much are never more than a day or two from land. Crossing oceans...no way.
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...yet here they are in paradise.
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Re: Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

You can hammer in a nail using a screwdriver or a pair of vise grips. I wouldn't try to build a house this way, though.

If one insists on using a coastal cruiser for blue water passages, I would at least do research on the boat's weak points and attempt to correct the deficiencies.
I think that many of these boats can be built up to be much safer for little money and a lot of sweat.

In the end though, no boat can protect you from your own stupidity or something nasty and unexpected from Mother Nature.
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Re: Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

The C30 can take alot, but there's a difference between storms and survival storms. Read the article at this link and you'll begin to understand the difference. In short, the question is whether the boat will have a chance of surviving a complete rollover, if it should happen. When you're at sea, you can't rely on anyone to come help you if you get in trouble. You can only rely on your own survival and sailing skills, and your equipment. When their lives depend on it, most experienced long distance sailors want a boat that can withstand the worst case scenario. If you can't rely on your equipment, then all you have left to rely upon is yourself, and that might not be enough.

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Re: Catalina 30', How seaworthy?

In 2008 a poorly maintained Catalina 30 drifted from Dana Point California to Hawaii after the novice sailor went MIA going to San Diego.
O.C. boat found off Hawaii - latimes
People on a sailboat in a gale "come apart" long before a halfway decent boat will be in any real peril.
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