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Hello, I have spent many wonderful hours over the past year or so lurking on this forum learning, dreaming and planning. I felt like I should go ahead and introduce myself and join in on some of the discussions.

I bought my first sailboat a year ago and she has really added a much needed element to my life. I have a helms 24 on lake Murray sc. She's a nice well cared for little boat and she treats me well.
I feel like we may need to go a little bigger in the next year or two, and have been drooling over the Catalina 30. I'm sure I will be asking many questions and hope that you all can help guide me into the perfect boat. Until then, I'm content with what I have.
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Welcome aboard!Nice to hear from you..Dale

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Hey there, welcome to the forum I'm new here too, and in largely the same situation as you. Bought my first boat fairly recently (1968 25 ft Seafarer Rhodes Meridian) and have been sailing the Indian River in FL ever since (and loving it!). I've also started thinking about a bigger boat, but I was a bit more tempted by the bigger end of the spectrum, maybe up into the low 40' range (tayana 37, westsail 42, freedom 40, valiant 40). I worry about messing with a good thing though... As it stands I can leave the slip, sail for 2-3 hours, and clean up in 20 minutes and be done. As a result, I'm logging a sail every couple of days. I'm guessing you are in a similar situation with your 24 - quick and easy. A bigger boat brings the promise of longer trips with more family members (My boat is great for two, but three's starting to be a crowd). However, I am a bit nervous about scaling up and making sailing more of a chore... right now it is easy and fun. That said, I'll probably get a bigger boat in a few years. Do you have any similar apprehensions about a bigger boat?
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Hey there, welcome to the forum I'm new here too, and in largely the same situation as you. Bought my first boat fairly recently (1968 25 ft Seafarer Rhodes Meridian) and have been sailing the Indian River in FL ever since (and loving it!). I've also started thinking about a bigger boat, but I was a bit more tempted by the bigger end of the spectrum, maybe up into the low 40' range (tayana 37, westsail 42, freedom 40, valiant 40). I worry about messing with a good thing though... As it stands I can leave the slip, sail for 2-3 hours, and clean up in 20 minutes and be done. As a result, I'm logging a sail every couple of days. I'm guessing you are in a similar situation with your 24 - quick and easy. A bigger boat brings the promise of longer trips with more family members (My boat is great for two, but three's starting to be a crowd). However, I am a bit nervous about scaling up and making sailing more of a chore... right now it is easy and fun. That said, I'll probably get a bigger boat in a few years. Do you have any similar apprehensions about a bigger boat?
I'm with you in that. I usually sail alone and even some laid back regattas alone, I try to spend at least one night per month anchored out on the lake. My wife and family are into it, but not as much as I am.
It's a slippery slope when you are Internet dreaming. I start out looking at the 30's, and before I know it, I have sold my house,business and convinced my wife and kids to uproot and live aboard a nice big 40 footer... One can dream,
I believe I can Single hand a Catalina 30 efficiently if its set up right. I may struggle around the dock at first, but I'll eventually get it. I don't think there is any need for me to go bigger. Good luck..keep me posted
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We were looking at C-27's for our first boat when we just happened to stumble on a C-30 one day and knew it was the one the moment we climbed down into the cabin. Had it for 4 years and it served us well. We went power for a while and are back in sailing with a C-34. hard to beat a Catalina.

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Welcome! The C30's are nice boats. I was really surprised by how roomy they are, and how comfortable they feel inside. The cockpit is a decent size, too. I'm not sure that the clean-up on something like the C30 would be all that much more than you're doing now. Sure, it's a few more feet, but even if it's a 50% increase, you're talking about getting out in 30 minutes rather than 20.

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