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I hate to be a shoot stirrer here but there is another option to the wing vs. fin debate for the C-42. Some friends of ours have owned a C-42 for the last 10 years or so that they bought in the Virgins from the original owner after he got caught out in a hurricane. The boat came through fine but the owner was so freaked out by the experience he was done with the boat.
That's actually a pretty good endorsement for the Catalina 42's ability to weather a blow.

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So, they hauled her out and took a chain saw to her keel, lopping 6" off the bottom.


I'd think a wing keel would be a better option. I've read several stories about Catalina owners swapping keels on used boats. Supposedly dealers can get them from the factory - even for boats that are out of production. I don't know if that's true but given the level of customer support Catalina provides it wouldn't surprise me.

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My (much) better half is only 4'-11" as well and she can't reach most of the hand-holds on that boat either. I am told they rig a grab rope from the companionway to the mast in snotty weather, just in case...
LOL, my wife's 5'1" (she'll fight you for the ). Every time she goes on a boat at a boat show she checks if she can reach the hand holds.

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I'd think a wing keel would be a better option...
The guy could just take the hacked off part and bolt it horizontally onto what's left of his keel. Then he'd have his wing keel.
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Re: Catalina 42 ... Why not?

Here's a question for those living with Catalina 42.

How well does the in-line galley on the tri-cabin models work compared to the L-shaped galley on the two cabin models?

It seems like the in-line galley would be inconvenient cooking or even making snacks underway and handing food up into the cockpit.


And for those with the pullman berth, do you find it comfortable for two adults?

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Here's a question for those living with Catalina 42.

How well does the in-line galley on the tri-cabin models work compared to the L-shaped galley on the two cabin models?

It seems like the in-line galley would be inconvenient cooking or even making snacks underway and handing food up into the cockpit.


And for those with the pullman berth, do you find it comfortable for two adults?

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We had a "Euro-Style" galley on our prior boat that we sailed for 20+ years and it really proved no worse than an aft J or L-shaped Galley. When it's to windward one just leans into the grab rail and when its to leeward one hooks a waist-belt to the grab rails and leans back against that. On the C-42, the back rest for the center bench of the dinette makes a convenient support for one's posterior.

The Pullman berth is actually quite comfortable but a bit inconvenient at sea unless one has slots along the center-line of the mattress that allow one to rig lee-cloths, otherwise tacks can be very exciting. Frankly, I know no one that uses them for other than storage on a passage as, being forward of the mast, the motion is a bit much. On our boat we rig lee-cloths on the salon seats and the pilot berth and sleep there, or, in the quarter cabin, which is convenient to the cockpit if one is needed.

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With regard to C42 wing keel perf vs fin keel, I think we may be splitting hairs...

A quick review of both Narragansett and New England PHRF current ratings indicates there is AT MOST only a 1.0 to 1.5% difference in perfomance ratings based on actual boats actually being measured and actually raced...interesting...
Wether or not its splitting hairs will be subjective based on the owners philosophical outlook, but I'm with the previous poster saying the evidence is the fin is more like 3-5% faster and will also out point the same boat with a wing. For many, many people this difference won't matter a whit, but to some having the same boat pull a "horizon job" on you is like a knife in the heart. Even in cruising pointing higher is a great benefit and I do think you'll have less issues with weather helm with a fin which is a plus regardless of other performance advantages.

And thanks for whoever started this thread making me want to go buy a fin keel C42, when I can't hardly keep up the care an feeding of my C36.
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And thanks for whoever started this thread making me want to go buy a fin keel C42, when I can't hardly keep up the care an feeding of my C36.
Ha Ha, me too. This thread's been making me get out the 42 brochures again, sure would like that forward cabin. The only threads you ever read here about Catalinas is how they melt in salt water. This one has been refreshing.

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Re: Catalina 42 ... Why not?

c42 nice for live-aboard but not ocean passages other than Bahamas.
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Ha Ha, me too. This thread's been making me get out the 42 brochures again, sure would like that forward cabin. The only threads you ever read here about Catalinas is how they melt in salt water. This one has been refreshing.

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Here is proof they don't and a counter point to my previous internet expert opinion about crossing in a C42.

Seems maybe they are a better boat than I thought even though I was already something of a fan.

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Here is proof they don't and a counter point to my previous internet expert opinion about crossing in a C42.

Seems maybe they are a better boat than I thought even though I was already something of a fan.

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Thanks for that Link (I think). I've just spent the last hour+ reading through some of it. Kind'a puts paid to the idea a Catalina 42 isn't up to the job of sailing the deep, eh? Buy the boat and enjoy!

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c42 nice for live-aboard but not ocean passages other than Bahamas.
Really.....care to elaborate just a bit....
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