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Re: Looking at a Catalina 28-2, 1997
Yes, thanks for that, and yes, the very first boat we looked at was an Ericson 30+. Being newbies in the buying game, we lowballed the guy, who had spent 6 months pretty much full time over last winter redoing every hose, thru hull, re-wired, new rigging , you name it. We were dumb and we let it slip through our fingers (all thumbs) and it went for a price we should/could have paid. My wife is still kicking herself you know where, about that one. We have looked at a number of C&C 34's but almost every one had the crap raced out of it and needed expensive repairs or lacked too many other things like dodgers and dinghies and bells an whistles. We passed up on a Ranger 29 for 3000 dollars for instance, because after we added up all that it/we needed for cruising, the cost came to over 9000 dollars and then the Atomic four started blowing blue smoke. Since we had already passed up on a perfectly good Ranger 29 with a 3 cyinder kubota for 9500 dollars we passed on the cheaper one too.
I don't know how many Cat 30's we have looked at, but LOTS! Most of them have dished decks where the mast is stepped, and we all know what that means! There are a couple of Beneteau First 32's around and that boat kind of turns my crank. The first one we looked at has the original Volvo diesel MD7B with raw water cooling....need I say more? The second Bene had a nice new 3 cylinder Yanny but the ribs down in the bilge were cracking and the keel bolts were tightened so hard that the keel stub was being compressed and dimpling from the bolt head pressure deforming the washer plates. Plus the guy had used stainless 316 bolts which need checking ANUALLY according to Beneteau service bulletin by actually removing one bolt while still in the water....... I'm getting good at walking or running AWAY! Sorry to say.
We will keep looking as long as it takes, but GOD WILLING, I won't have to wait too much longer. If I was a young guy, I would have more patience, thinking my life was stretching out ahead of me into infinity. After retirement the end seems a little nearer and the time waiting a little dearer, if you get my meaning.
Thanks for the suggestions.