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04-10-2007 07:54 PM
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad

Going Catalina show that you are an intelligent man with an eye for a real yacht. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!!!!

- CD
Hmmm.... might you be just a teensy bit biased.... given your signature...

I think we should change your name from CruisingDad to CatalinaDude.
04-10-2007 07:21 PM
Gulfcoastbreeze Congrats! Frank Butler is smiling somewhere.
04-10-2007 07:00 PM
CBinVA Congratulations on the new member of the family!

This time next year I expect we will see Popeye responding to some new sailor's request for boat purchase advice.:-)

04-10-2007 06:06 PM
Cruisingdad Pops,

Going Catalina show that you are an intelligent man with an eye for a real yacht. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!!!!

- CD
04-10-2007 03:49 PM
PalmettoSailor Good deal! I think you made a great choice of boat that will serve you well as you explore the bay and "learn the ropes" (pardon the pun).

I'm looking forward to finishing our boat up and launching, hopefully by the end of the month. Some unexpected serious illness in the extended family has us a bit behind, but we'll be starting our second sailing season by early May at the latest. Over the winter we got ourselves fully equipped for long weekends on the hook, with a dingy to explore and a bbq grill to whip up some grits (that's generic for food where I come from). ;-)

See ya' on the bay -- SOON!
04-10-2007 01:00 AM
bestfriend congrats pops! no more wannabe. Its a great boat, enjoy it.
04-10-2007 12:37 AM
camaraderie Way to go Pops! You are in a great area of the bay for really enjoying a Cat 30 and I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun "learining the ropes. (G) Good luck with her!
04-09-2007 11:11 PM
sailingdog Congrats on the new boat...
04-09-2007 10:28 PM
The deed is done...

To fill you all in -- after much ado (and despite the cataragging) we decided that the Catalina 30 was the way to go. It had the right combination of what we were looking for : stable, perky, affordable and maintainable by a swabbie, good room for whatever crew comes along (sort of the "minivan with a 6 cylinder" of the Bay).

The tall rig/wing keel was the combo that made the most sense for us. We probably looked at a dozen and a half or so boats -- basically every Catalina 30 north of Portsmouth in the $20-40k range over the winter (and were unimpressed with the condition of most). We also found out the shallow draft keels were kind of hard to find. We put in offers on three boats, none of which panned out for one reason or another until mid-Feb when a fourth offer was accepted (on a 1987). Got it surveyed and sea tested right in the mid-March thaw. Closed on it last week. Finally!

Also found out that trying to stick to $20k wasn't reasonable for that combination of rig and keel in this area this past winter -- it came out closer to $30k for what seemed to be reasonable condition to us.

The raves from the reviews in the archives and on this list were a big factor in our choice -- the amount of boat for the money/popularity/prevalence of repeat Catalina customers (again despite the ragging and anti-winged keel bigots ;-) Eh, my new brother Mitch?

One thing we found that seemed to be useful in the bb process -- it's the trade-ins that seem to be in the best condition (because they are sold by an active sailor trading up). There are an amazing number of neglected boatyard queens out there (some of which did actually sell and several of which dropped the asking price dramatically over the course of our shopping odyssey).

What worked for us was talking to a number of brokers and letting them know that we were looking. During the slow period probably helped. When a trade-in came in one of the brokers remembered and gave us a call -- the boat we finally wound up buying never even got advertised.

I want to thank everyone on this list for the helpful and friendly advice you so generously gave. It made a *huge* difference in helping us refine what (hopefully) was the right first step for us.

Whew, buying a boat is a lot of work. We met a lot of nice people along the way, though... I guess trying to do it offseason didn't help, but it seemed like we'd been working at this for quite a while. Luckily, now that we bought it, there won't be anything to do but sail it

Happy Sailing!
Pops (and Olive)
01-09-2007 08:58 PM
iwannabepopeye brak,

Thanks much for your most generous offer!!

I'll be in touch if things don't pan out. Hopefully scouting out a couple more this weekend...

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