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Topic Review (Newest First)
08-28-2001 08:10 PM
MikeMoss
Catalina 380

I did not know Catalina''s are that bad. I will have to hear more before I decide. I do think that the Catalina 380 sails quite well. I get this from an couple of informal races with them.

New boats in general are not a good deal however.

08-16-2001 08:40 AM
jmedina
Catalina 380

I currently own a 1990 Catalina 22...fairly happy with performance, however, Catalina (the factory in CA.) SUCKS!! I ordered a slide-hatch and it took 2 months to receive it here in Florida after their rep assured me it was in stock and ready to ship via UPS. After the long wait, the thing arrived poorly packaged and poorly finished. The inside finish was actually hand painted with a brush and the laid glass looked like it was done either on a "Friday" or "Monday".

First and last time I''ll purchase a Catalina!

Jamie

08-15-2001 12:35 PM
jsh1997
Catalina 380

Any opinions on Jeanneau, Dufour and Bavaria?
08-15-2001 08:02 AM
divad
Catalina 380

Hey Denr, if I''m ever in the Chicago area, I''ll take you up on that! (I sail Long Island Sound). I''m having serious sailing withdrawal right now, with my baby up on the hard (through no fault of hers).
08-15-2001 06:40 AM
Denr
Catalina 380

Divad:
I really love the word "Benehuntalina". This word really defines the essence of these mediocre boats. You must be a very smart dude/dudette. Would you like to go sailing sometime? I''m in the Chicago area.
08-15-2001 05:17 AM
divad
Catalina 380

I must agree with Denr and Jeff; you will be much better off with a 10/15/20 year-old quality boat than a brand new Benehuntalina. Don''t be seduced by the superficial: the sparkling gelcoat, fresh cabin upholstry, clean bilges, and dealer croonings are just that - superficial.

On the other hand, if you have the green for a brand new <b>quality</b> boat (Tartan, Cabo Rico, Sabre, Passport, Caliber, etc), go for it! <i>Somebody</i> has to keep supplying the used-boat market with good boats for me to buy in the future!
08-13-2001 02:40 PM
Denr
Catalina 380

The Bene''s and Hunters have many, if not most of the same short commings that Fatalina''s have. This is easy to understand as they are all after the same uninformed group of buyers looking at price only. Just as you can''t get a BMW for the price of a Lumina, you won''t buy a Tarten, J-Boat, Dehler, Island Packet, Sabre, Alden, Hinckley etc. for the price of a Hunter, Catalina or a Beneteau.
08-13-2001 02:08 PM
jsh1997
Catalina 380

Im another schlep looking at production boats. I''ve heard the Catalina horror stories. Im curious if the bashers/unbiased commentators have opinions on Beneteaus and Hunters?
08-13-2001 11:10 AM
Denr
Catalina 380

Welcome back Waterguy. I forgot to mention one more thing I didn''t like about the 380, it has a picnic table in the cockpit, this is beyond dumb for a boat that was meant to be sailed, but then again most people that buy these use them at the dock as floating condominiums.
08-09-2001 08:18 PM
cdawg
Catalina 380

denr,jeffh;

Thought I might find you bashing Catalina''s.
It''s good to know some things never change.

Once again the 38''s in local charter have held up very well. Are there better boats? Of course. Are there better values possibly not. I''m also impressed by their performance,even with "wing dings". It''s nice to be back.

Waternut.......
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