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05-31-2010 07:26 PM
solman55 You have a good point but this catalina is super sexy, i looked at a pearson 323 and that is what I really want but cannot afford I saw one in excellent shape for 25k though and wish I had the cash to get it. But I agree im in no hurry just looking around but the 323 and the 27 cat caught my eye.
05-31-2010 07:24 PM
LauderBoy > hoping its still there when i get the cash

Don't worry about that. For every boat leaving the market there's another one coming into the market or another one is having it's price dropped because it's been sitting around for awhile and the owner wants it gone.

I made an offer yesterday on a Pearson 323 and it was accepted. I spent months looking at boats. I did 14 hours of driving this weekend alone. For every boat I looked at I learned more and more about what I wanted in a boat and more importantly, what I didn't want in a boat: something that had been sitting around neglected for ages.

The boat I'm buying is actually one I looked at about a month ago. The price came down a little in his ads and when I called and talked he was able to bring it down to my range.

Look at a lot of boats. For myself, I decided to never make an offer right then and there. I wanted a "cool down" period where I could look over the photos and really let it sink in as compared to other boats I saw. I was surprised how often my mind would go back to the Pearson a few hours after looking at another boat and I couldn't be happier that I'll be owning it.
05-31-2010 10:52 AM
solman55 Hey guys update i talked with the fellow about the catalina and im just getting some cash together hoping its still there when i get the cash but im also talkiing to a guy who has had an alberg ep on the hard for a long time since i was a kid and im going to talk to him about looking at it and if it is sound i may pick it up. i know it will need work but as long as its not crazy i can do it so just a thought. any ideas on the matter
05-25-2010 06:17 AM
CaptainForce
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I have been looking at Morgan 41 Out Islands. I was discouraged to hear some people think they are not very good offshore. They may be difficult to handle sliding down the back of a wave and are not very good sailing to windward. Do you take your Morgan offshore? How does she do? I am also looking at 38' Irwin center cockpit. Slip fees may be better for 38'. Some Marina's segregate boats by 40' above and below.
We do cruise offshore, often in Maine and down to the Bahamas. The Morgan OI is a heavier cruising "truck" and not a light wind performing "featherduster". I've surfed alnog the crest of a wave, but I have not experienced "sliding down the back of a wave". I don't think the momentum of my 26,000 pounds would allow this. There are compromises. The shoal draft that allows my access to many areas in the Bahamas does make my offshore ride less comfortable. Morgan OI's do exhibit less downwind performance which I have improved with a cruising chute with a 33.5' foot:


Close to the wind I can keep inside 45 degrees with winds 10-15 or more:


As Vernon's sign reads in his Hopetown grocery, "Nothing goes to windward like a 747."

Like all vessels, mine is a compromise, but it doesn't keep me from cruising offshore.

Take care and joy, Aythya crew
05-24-2010 08:31 PM
rjg23 Girlsailor - From what I can tell the 382/383/384 series from Morgan is the best of their lot, at least for under 40'. Well built, good stats, and lots of space and storage.
05-24-2010 06:35 PM
Girlsailor44 I have been looking at Morgan 41 Out Islands. I was discouraged to hear some people think they are not very good offshore. They may be difficult to handle sliding down the back of a wave and are not very good sailing to windward. Do you take your Morgan offshore? How does she do? I am also looking at 38' Irwin center cockpit. Slip fees may be better for 38'. Some Marina's segregate boats by 40' above and below.
05-24-2010 06:08 PM
CaptainForce
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Originally Posted by Girlsailor44 View Post
I noticed that the Morgan and Irwin were not listed in the ranking. I agree with the list but would be interested in where you would list these boats.
Maybe they would be best placed from the middle down, but the list is not very meaningfull for older boats. My 1973 Morgan is well maintained and in constant use and upgrade. Others, far newer than mine, are neglected and of little value. It's a mistake to put to much emphasis on more then the minimal expectations of a make or model of an older boat. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
05-24-2010 04:26 PM
Girlsailor44 I noticed that the Morgan and Irwin were not listed in the ranking. I agree with the list but would be interested in where you would list these boats.
05-23-2010 06:11 PM
SailingWebGuy Do it!

I'm 29 and just bought a 1976 Catalina 30 for $3300. It was a mess...but its cleaning up nicely. Very new to sailing here... I wanted a "project" boat so that I can take my time getting familiar with everything on the boat.

I climbed around a bunch of boats in the 26' to 32' range. I decided to go with the Catalina mainly because of it's beam. Not too concerned about it being a high end or low end boat...just wanted some comfort in the 30' range.

As for the cost - considering my purchase price for the boat, a pretty complete refit, and slip/storage/utility expenses...I will save thousands this year compared to last. Last year my mortgage payment alone was $2300 a month. Now I have the freedom to spend that on gear!
05-23-2010 05:10 PM
solman55 Hey man that sounds awesome, Im actually thinking about going to a 27 foot catalina because they are very abundant and more in my price range and i can get one in better shape and save money, they are a little smaller but i agree with you the slip prices go down a lot from a 30 to a 27 and since it will be just me I think it could work out nicely. Well best of luck to you and I hope everything works out for the best.
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