Originally Posted by TheWhiteRabbit
FANTASTIC! your living my dream
Had a quick question for you; Im in the market for my first boat, and as the Catalina 30 is on my "short list" I was wondering what you meant by:
Is your impression now more or less favorable about the C30's sea worthyness?
Ooo I was very impressed with how well this boat handled in that weather. All I knew about Catalinas was that they weren't as sea worthy
as a Tartan, Sabre, CD, let alone the true blue water boats.
I didn't even consider a Catalina until I ended up on a Hunter 30.
I hemmed and hawed until a light came on... I'm not crossing the Atlantic,
I'm living on it! And then I realized a Cat or Hunter was exactly what I wanted. Lots of beam, pressure water...HEAT!!
After an hour outside of Boston Harbor with gusts to 35 and 6-8 ft seas
I was totally confident in this boat. Mind you...we were on a perfect close
reach with a following sea. 150 Genoa reffed about 75% Full main.
If I had to beat into that I would have went and hid somewhere probably. If not for the boat, for the crew. Another very peaceful, confident feeling I got
from that trip is...."I will never get out in that stuff again!" Ha!
(That story is a regular sailing saga...maybe I'll tell it sometime.
Suffice it to refer you to the old adage: The most dangerous equipment on a sailboat is a calendar)
Don't get me wrong... I raced motorcycles for 10 years and have flown
combat aircraft inverted @ 6 Gs ... but I don't like to spill my drink when I'm out sailing. I don't like to HAVE to be anywhere. I'm thinking "Sea Turtle"
might be a good name.
Yea.... I LIKE this boat. It'll do everything I want to do Xs 10.
I say if your not out to to cross oceans, impress racers and yachtsmen.
If you just want to be on the ocean comfortably (she likes 10deg of heel)
(so do I ) with room for 6 easy, and be plenty quick ( we we're surfing down
waves @ 9.5 knts.) by all means check out some Cats and Hunters.
The Peasons have better stats and by all reports preform better but not
so appealing to me for cooking and cleaning and kickin' back and enjoying
just being aboard....every day...for the foreseeable future.
Bang for the buck I feel I hit the Jackpot.