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Thanks for the responses! We took off the end of the year and spent the time aboard Gypsea and are just now digging ourselves out of the work backlog that engendered. She's looking better and "feeling" better already. As soon as I hit 10, I'll post pics. The biggest obvious change we made was getting the darn automotive tinting film off the windows. It wasn't a pretty job, but we got it off, bubbles and all. It helps that she has her original tempered glass portlights. I wouldn't have tried what we did (chemicals followed by razor blade scraping) with acrylic.
Chris, I know I'm a real newbie, but here's why we went for the 27' as opposed to smaller. We had been sailing a Precision 23, which is a beautiful boat - very well thought out and amazingly roomy for its size, I think. Since we planned to live aboard and hopefully coastal cruise, the ability to stand upright in the cabin was a positive. We spent a chunk of our time aboard lately in the cabin because it was cold outside (okay, cold by South Texas standards) and we didn't feel "cabin fever" at all. I'm sure we would have after a week of constant lousy weather and nowhere else to go, but I'd probably feel that way on a 40 footer! Actually, we visited new friends New Years Eve on their 40 footer and found her darker and feeling more cramped than the Catalina 27 even though our girl has far less room.
As I am mildly claustrophobic and need a certain amount of alone time, this is a big deal to me. Friends advised us not to go smaller than 30 feet, but the 27 felt just right to us, especially for a first boat.
Anyway, that's my 2-cents.
1977 Catalina 27
Lake Travis TX