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Re: Looking at a Catalina 28-2, 1997

Pete,
About your lament regarding the "race boats of today".....
Your boat was designed for Performance Sailing. It has a good sailing reputation whether you choose to cruise it or enter a race. Note that only when a boat is entered in a race and approaches the start line is it actually a "Racing Boat".
Of course there are some sail boats so minimally-equipped for overnighting that they are mean't to be used for mostly day sailing and racing.... but that's been true since folks went overnight camping in Lightnings.

So enjoy your boat and I hope that updating ancient electrical and plumbing systems does not bother you too much. It's part of owning an older boat. And, after a few years become decades, they are All old boats.... !

I have a friend that cruised and and did offshore races in a sister ship to yours back in the late 80's. Darned good boat, and be glad you did not buy the SJ-34 version, where the fit and finish was not as nearly good as yours.

This boat is in a whole 'nother league from the little Catalina you started out looking at.


Keep posting and toss up some pix when you have some to share.

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Re: Looking at a Catalina 28-2, 1997

Loren,

OK, thanks for the encouragement.

This boat has probably not been overnighted for years, and the anchor was basically a lunch hook. And here I am adding all this weight to the bow with a Rocna 15 and 50 ft of 5/16 chain, not to mention 200 ft of 3 strand nylon! In a way, it's a bit of a heartbreak to add all this weight forward but, to go cruising, I gotta have it. All the old guys on the dock are telling me to put the boat in this race, or that race, and we may do one, just to learn how much we don't know! But the focus is, for me and the Admiral to be back on the water, together, after 5 years of sea kayak camping all over Vancouver Island. She now has a congenital shoulder problem that precludes paddling.

I'm not sure how to post pics here but maybe there is a thread on how to do that, or you could explain it if not too much trouble.
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I'm not sure how to post pics here but maybe there is a thread on how to do that, or you could explain it if not too much trouble.
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Pete.. best way to post pics is to create a (free) account at Photobucket.com, upload your pictures there and then simply copy and paste the IMG code link option (important) into the body of your post. No thumbnails, no links to click, the picture shows up directly and properly sized. Even lurkers can see them.

There are several 'share' options, be sure to use the IMG one.

There are other photo hosting sites as well, but PB works well for me.

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Re: Looking at a Catalina 28-2, 1997

Ron,
OK thanks, I'll give that a shot later, I'm just about to coat my newly calibrated dipstick with epoxy.

I just repaired my leaky gas tank and fuel petcock last week so I had drained all the fuel out anyway, I figured it was time for a properly calibrated dipstick.

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