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07-28-2014 07:48 AM
SHNOOL
Re: Catalina 25 Good Only Good for Bays and Daysailing?

If you are going to take THAT approach, how about instead of 1 review, you ask the several HUNDRED owners... on the association website?

Association Forum
07-28-2014 02:22 AM
sethpool
Re: Catalina 25 Good Only Good for Bays and Daysailing?

I realize this thread's old, but since someone else will stumble into it like I did, I thought I'd post a link to a very in depth Catalina 25 review I wrote. Fair winds!

Catalina 25 Review | Which Sailboat?
08-31-2011 01:11 AM
Michael1 I've sailed the C27 in coastal waters here in So. Cal. If you are talking about doing overnights, then I would move up the 27. That is barely adequate for overnights by the time you get all your gear and food on board. Also you didn't mention how many people would be on board. If you are just pulling into guest slips, and using the boat for sleeping, then the 25 would be OK. If you want a few amenities, like hot and cold pressurized water, then you may want to step up to a C30. They built loads of those, and can be had for a good price. A C270 is also nice.

As far as weather, you need to choose sailing conditions that match the boat's size and weight. I'm not sure why the subject of "blue water" keeps coming up on this forum, because there are very few true "blue water" boats built, and just as few true "blue water" sailors.

Michael
08-30-2011 03:45 AM
rgscpat Corpus Christi Bay has lots of deep water. South of there the Laguna Madre gets terribly shallow with only a few areas between the mainland and south Padre with depth for a keelboat. If you want to gunkhole the bays and bayous a retractable centerboard boat might make sense.
08-26-2011 10:25 AM
PCP777
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Originally Posted by jephotog View Post
I also looked at the C27 and thought it had less space than the C25 though. The V-berth is shorter and narrower because of a shelf around the sides. I felt cramped at 5'10" 200 lbs., it did not seem comfortable for a couple. The v-birth in the 25 seemed a bit longer, plus there is another double berth in the back, would be okay for two couples to share for a weekend. The 25 just seemed like a better layout than the 27, no standing head room though. I think the C25 would be a good first boat for you but look to spend $5-6k for a nice one nowadays 86+ are the best years 83+ is good also.

If you have $10k to spend lots of bigger boats. Look all around the coast, Craigslist and Yacht clubs, marinas, searching is half the fun.
I own a C-25 and sail and race on my friend's C-27 all the time. The C-27 has a lot more space, it's beamier and you can stand straight up in it. I really love my C-25, it sails more like a dinghy and is a great pocket cruiser. Both boats have different layouts, and come as either a standard or a tall rig. They are good coastal and lake boats, but not blue water boats.
07-26-2009 12:30 AM
yippeekayay
Thank You

Hey thank you, that helps alot!
07-25-2009 11:55 PM
soulfinger There are some good dealers in the houston/clearlake/galveston area. Two of the biggest are SeaLake Yacht Sales and Higgins/Smyth/Hood. However, I find most brokers really aren't interested in dealing with boats that have price tags less than 20 or 30k, though they often have some because they were taken in trade for larger/more expensive boats. That being said, there are a LOT of boats of all sizes in our area. For 20-30 foot boats, there are quite a few for-sale-by-owner deals and the like. If you're shopping for a boat on the Texas coast, you definitely want to check out this area.
07-25-2009 05:49 PM
snider
Catalina 27

I've got a sweet Catalina 27 for sale Only problem its in SC. You can rent a trailer fro $500 month if you have a truck.

I think the 27 gets the best reviews as far as sailing goes. Sails like a big dinghy.


Catalina 27 sailboat for sale
07-20-2009 03:57 PM
jephotog I also looked at the C27 and thought it had less space than the C25 though. The V-berth is shorter and narrower because of a shelf around the sides. I felt cramped at 5'10" 200 lbs., it did not seem comfortable for a couple. The v-birth in the 25 seemed a bit longer, plus there is another double berth in the back, would be okay for two couples to share for a weekend. The 25 just seemed like a better layout than the 27, no standing head room though. I think the C25 would be a good first boat for you but look to spend $5-6k for a nice one nowadays 86+ are the best years 83+ is good also.

If you have $10k to spend lots of bigger boats. Look all around the coast, Craigslist and Yacht clubs, marinas, searching is half the fun.
07-20-2009 11:14 AM
yippeekayay
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Originally Posted by WouldaShoulda View Post
When shopping for a 25' vessel I started looking at 27's.

I can almost stand up in the 27' and lay down in the v-berth.

When the waves approach 2ft and the winds 20, I'm glad to have the 27!!
Thanks Everyone, Good ideas.
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