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I'm just a curmudgeon for details so I am curious as to which model of Catalina 25' sailboat you folks bought. Catalina made a few variations on their 25 footers: shoal draft, full keel, center board and winged keel (I think?). They may have even made a water ballasted version of the 25 called the C 250.

I think ("think" being the operative word) that our boat has a full keel. I know it's not centerboard or winged. And I know it's not water ballasted. I don't know what a shoal draft is.

We also have the standard cabin and not the dinette. I only know that because it was important when we were working on the interior.

I'm not sure whether the mast is standard or tall. When I was trying to fill in the front portion of our shiny new ship's log, I was stumped by an awful lot of the terminology. *sigh...so much to learn.
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Hello, Beth, welcome aboard.
While the others ply you with sensible advice and well-reasoned responses, I am just gonna straight-up high-five you for just plain getting it done and BUYING A DAMN BOAT!

The more time someone spends dillying and dallying and pondering and analyzing the data and asking for advice, attempting to find the very rightest, most perfectest boat for them, they are missing out on months, sometimes years, of sailing.
There is no perfect boat, but there is a "right" boat- any boat you can sail right now.
Enjoy it, make some mistakes, have some grins, get some experience ( a catalina 25 is a great choice for learning to sail, IMO) decide what you like , what you don't like, what you would change, and either change it, fix it, live with it, or start making a list of needs on your next boat...
Because there is always a next boat- even for those who spent years finding the perfect boat.
Thanks for the welcome! We are learning a lot just by doing. I know we are really lucky to have a friend with tons of sailing experience. We can learn with a safety net! Once we felt comfortable sailing without him on board, he followed us around in his boat shouting all kinds of great advise! We are having a blast!
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Finally, a sane new sailor/intro post and good advice from the members!

Don't you know you are supposed to announce that you will be sailing across the Atlantic next week after you buy a 35' coastal cruiser and complete you ASA courses in an exotic location, then argue with everyone who tries to give you good advice?
Yeah! You called me a sailor! We are perfectly content puttering around on the very large St. Johns River for a while. We are going to take our first real trip next week. We're going from Fruit Cove to Green Cove Springs. That's about as far as we are ready to go right now.

One step at a time, right?
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