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11-10-2006 08:00 AM
TrueBlue Stan,

If there's one thing my wife (unfortunately, NOT the Cheif financier) wasn't completely happy with also, is the pullman style, double size aft cabin berth - which I believe is the same size as on your later model NC 331. We actually like the forward V-berth much better. With the filler cushion at almost 8 feet wide x 7 ft long, the V-berth is the largest I've ever seen on ANY size sailboat. With the ensuite head, the master aft cabin makes a great private suite for our cruising guests. They love it.

Hope to see you both on the Bay again next season.
11-10-2006 07:44 AM
christyleigh CD-
My love for Catalinas will Never be relegated to the 'closet' because as you Ha Ha'd - I DO think they build the best $$ for $$ # for # - Coastal Cruising Yachts - in the world. I think Frank Butler's dream of building a good boat for the common man has been realized - a thousand fold.
I was actually ready to accept the c320 as my last boat until as luck would have it while steering the Admiral and Chief Financeer towards an older Nauticat for a re-furbish the 'perfect for us' newer one became available. I'm still in shock she actually went for it..$$$. Even after some extension work on my part to stretch the aft berth into a Full she misses the Queen size bed we had on the c320 though. Other than that - We Be Happy !!!
11-09-2006 03:44 PM
Cruisingdad TB,

Because he is reminiscing about the worlds finest built yachts and realizes he should have stayed!!


I think even Cam had Catalinas, if I am not mistaken. Now, if I can only get Sailingdog to come out of the closet...

- CD
11-09-2006 03:31 PM
TrueBlue Hi Stan,

What's a Nauticater doing reminiscing about Catalinas . . . thought you and Christy were happy with your move-up. :-)

We're still waiting to see those Cuttyhunk rendezvous photos.
11-09-2006 03:23 PM
christyleigh In my previous post I got caught up talking about the c320 but I had 3 great years with the c28. It is a lot more boat than the c27 or c270. It's not just the sugar scoop transom that is so nice in comparison to the 'tiny hiny' of the c27, it's the walk-thru that gives you your own private dock/swim platform which is especially good for the lake sailing you're talking about. The big fat ass which I agree may not be good for offshore work is great for lake or coastal cruising because it gives you a large bed underneath the giant cockpit. As for the c270 I don't like the idea of the only 2 winches stuck up on the cabin top instead of the 4 where they belong on the c28. Some like the open forward berth of the c270 while my preference is the separate room type on the c28 even if it is only used for storage. I don't take the 'floating condo' remark as some kind of horrible insult because the c28 sails reasonably well and I like to be comfortable whether at the dock, anchored 5 miles away after a nice day sail, or 50 miles away on a cruise.
11-09-2006 01:40 PM
cardiacpaul have experience on the 270 and the hunter27, both very nice sailing boats for your purposes. The QC on the hunter isn't all that bad. I just get a hinky feeling about that rigging, Yea, I know its not logical, but its how I feel
Now, this is my personal opinion, that and 50 cents gets you a newspaper....
If it were me, and if it were my cash, (and its not), I'd save a pile of that by looking for a used catalina 27. they're rock solid, are as nicely oufitted as either of the above (ok, no sugar scoop,deal with it) and you can pocket a serious amount of cash you were going to spend and have just as much fun.
11-09-2006 01:23 PM
dgarr75456 Thanks for the input. Does anyone have any experience with the three boats I mentioned, the Catalina 28, 270 and Hunter 27?
11-07-2006 10:45 AM
christyleigh I had a '96 c28mkII and a '99 c320 and while I liked the c28 a lot the c320 was always on my mind. In fact I bought the c28 in the fall and wintered next to a c320 and all winter I was saying to myself even before splashdown of the c28 - that's the boat I really want. The c320 is much faster than the c28 so I may agree with a previous post that it is too much boat for your lake. I say that because the way Narragansett Bay is peppered with islands and sub-bays it is basically a bunch of your lakes patched together but without another section to slip into you would get bored flying back and forth in the same place. I know the c320 certainly shrunk NGBay quite a bit for me.
The quite possibly largest fridge on any 32' boat mentioned is great on the c320 but I think the Ice Box on the c28 will do you fine for cruising around your lake as we cruised out to Block Island and had plenty of cold food for a week.
11-07-2006 09:39 AM
dgarr75456 Don't get hung up on the lake size issue. The area is the part of the lake around the marina. When all the inlets and tributaries are added up the lake is much bigger. It appears to me that Hunter had some serious quality control issues and styling miscues several years back and Glenn Henderson is trying to put it back in order. The B&R rig is still a real question. The Catalinas appear overbuilt in comparison, and the rig is conventional and more familiar. The H27 on paper would be a better performing boat, while the C28 would be stiffer in a blow. As we all know, however, sailing ratios and computer analysis don't tell the whole story. The C28 was strongly recommended by a current owner, as was the 320. The conventional wisdom on the C270 was not so good. The H27 is new and unknown. Comments?
11-07-2006 12:56 AM
blt2ski Unless you need headroom, I personally would think something a bit smaller would be just as much fun on a lake that small. I used to have plenty of fun in the North end of Lk Washington in a Glen-L 8ball, ie a typical 8' pram. My step dad had a glenl 21CB model, more than fun......

There are older Jeanneau and Benateau models in the 25-30' range, and if you can talk a local dealer into bringing a none sold here typically model, both also still make sub 30 even down to 20'ish ft. A Cat 25 or 22 would also make great daysailers on a lake that size too. The bigger the cockpit the better.

GOod luck

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