Forgive the semi-hijack, but I've been to the C30 site, and they don't seem to have a good forum or mesage boards. Anyone like catalinaownersdotcom?
Should you discuss Catalina in the "General" board here? That seems to have the most traffic of all three options...
06-25-2008 02:51 PM
Mike...I am a fan of the C30 and think they ae just a great boat for near coastal family cruising. I have NOT done the Baja...but it seems from what I've read that the return trip can be rather a tough uphill slog some years and is hard on boats and gear and crews. While my guess is that a Cat30 could do it, you also have a very young family aboard and so I will chime in with a warning that the C30 may be pushing its limits doing what you propose and that is not a good thing unless the crew is seasoned and adult and understands the risks.
06-25-2008 10:08 AM
I have a wife, two little girls and a 1980 C30. I can't think of a better boat in the price range for a young family. We sail up and down the Carolina and Georgia coast... it's a riot!
Check out the Catalina Owner groups - there is a wide number of C-30s that do that trip each year. IMHO its more than capable for that particular passage...
06-24-2008 10:02 PM
Iím seriously thinking about acquiring a Catalina 30, but after scouring post for a few days I see many different points of view. The worst being if you untie from the dock it will sink.
A bit about myself. I had a Catalina 25 for a few years in the 80's and have quite a bit of time sailing the Channel Islands out of Ventura, Ca. A good place to learn in my opnion considering the radical wind, current and swell changes. I also have several 2 to 3 week trips in the same area driving a commercial fishing boat, so I do know when to run and hide. San Miguel with the Santa Annas is not a pretty place. I also raced an outboard capsuled tunnel boat for a few years, so I do have some time on the water.
I plan on slipping this boat in San Diego for a get away from the Phoenix summers ( floating condo ) but would also like to do some occasional cruising. Is the Cat 30 capable of the Baja Ha Ha? Could I do a trip north for a few weeks?
The 1st time I seen the inside of the 30 was wow look at all of the room. I have a family with a 3 year old daughter and a son?? on the way. I am trading my 35' motorhome so I will be down sizing to the wife and need as much room as possible in my budget.