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01-21-2016 03:26 PM
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

Oh Crikey, Mea Culpa I should have noticed this was a ghost ship before boarding, I did wonder why Mark was asking about Catalinas
01-21-2016 03:10 PM
Stu Jackson
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

Ok five years old. That would have been the 12th year I'd had my 1986 C34, bought in 1998. Goin' on 18 years now. I like her.
01-21-2016 02:43 PM
Scotty C-M
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

I've owned both boats, and sailed on the SF Bay extensively. They are both great for the bay. I agree about staying away from the tall rig, and also found the fin keel sails better than the wing. At your height, check carefully to find which of the forepeaks is more comfortable. The aft cabin is fine for a single person, but to tight, in my opinion, for a couple. I personally like the Mark II versions which have a swim step - but they cost more money. I have done a lot of coastal sailing on both boats, and do find that the 34 is more "sea kindly" - a bit drier and stiffer. Yes, as you get bigger (36, 380, 400, 42) you get more space, but at larger costs and the muscle needed to sail the boat. You can generally find the 30, 34 and 36 for quite good deals. As always, be vigilent in inspecting any used boat. If you find one in good shape with the appropriate gear, it can be perfect for SF Bay. (Oops, old thread!)

Catalina Smile: A crack appearing at the leading edge of the keel at the hull to keel joint. More common in older Catalinas which had a wooden spacer under the keel bolts. Usually easy to fix. Modern Catalinas (post 1988) no longer have this problem.
01-21-2016 10:18 AM
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

Go over the The Cat34 owners group. I used to have a C30 and now have a C34, but I'm on the east coast and can't answer your question about SF. I'm sure some of the west coast guys there can give you some good insights.

I just realized, this is a 5 year old thread.
01-21-2016 01:19 AM
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

I sailed my Catalina 320 FROM San Francisco to San Diego without problem, even when I couldn't see land. The original owner sailed it in the bay for 8 years.
01-20-2016 09:04 PM
Gee Cee
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

What is a "Catalina Smile"?
05-04-2012 10:58 AM
Re: Catalina 30 or 34 for SF bay?

I sail on the bay with my Catalina will notice that there a ton of Catalina's on the bay. The 25 is much to small and I am also looking for something a little bigger (something the wife and kids can sleep on).
I went to the boat show in Jack London Square a couple of weeks ago and there were some nice Catalina's (used ones as well) there.
I think there was some good advice given in another post regarding the keel - deeper is better for the bay.
01-31-2012 08:20 PM
Mark Corson I recommend that you get a Catalina with the "standard rig," not the "tall rig" given the high winds in SF Bay. I strongly recommend the deeper fin keel versus the shallow wing keel for SF Bay, it will be stiffer and will go to windward better. I had a 1987 Catalina 30 Mark II for 8 years and I sailed as crew on a Catalina 34. I have sailed on SF Bay, but most of my sailing was racing on Lake Erie.
03-04-2011 10:01 PM
MarkSF How about it? If anyone sails a Catalina 30 or 34 in SF Bay I'd love to hear from them.
02-22-2011 09:03 AM
night0wl Those boats are purpose designed for the kind of sailing scene you're describing....protected bay sailing and coastal cruising within sight of land. Watch for common issues like the "Catalina Smile" and a rotted out compression post area causing delaminiation at the deck.
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