Catalina 34 questions - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 1 Old 10-07-2014 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Fuquay-Varina, NC
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Catalina 34 questions

My wife and I are shopping for a Catalina 34 and saw our first one this past weekend. I have a couple questions that I'm not sure are boat specific or model specific. We looked at a 1986 fin keel, over all in pretty good shape.

1) It had rained the night before and there was probably an inch of water in the front of the cockpit. The boat had 2 drains in the rear of the cockpit which were working fine but the cockpit floor slanted forward such that sitting still water was puddled forward. The seats also collected water on the forward outside.

I didn't have a level, so it could be that the whole boat was nose heavy, maybe a full tank of water and nothing in the stern? Odd there was no forward drain though.

2) The boom stuck out past the dodger by maybe 6-12 inches and caught my head (a couple times) at just about nose level. (I'm 6'1") One of the goals of going bigger than our current 25 footer was to be safely out of the way of the boom. Obviously I could raise the boom or have the sail recut, but just curious if this is common on this model? I didn't see any other Cat 34s at the marina, so I couldn't compare.

3) How much of the interior is removable around the engine? it looked like access could be a little challenging in the event of work down the sides. I'm guessing there is aft access under the berth to get to the stuffing box and such.

We're debating between the 34 and the 320..


Last edited by rmjohns; 10-07-2014 at 10:28 AM.
rmjohns is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to rmjohns For This Useful Post:
robert northcott (01-18-2015)

Quick Reply

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Catalina 26 questions captainfletcher Boat Review and Purchase Forum 3 04-12-2013 05:14 PM
Questions about buying a Catalina 25 ShamsB Boat Review and Purchase Forum 13 12-19-2010 10:31 AM
catalina 27 questions BB61sailor Boat Review and Purchase Forum 6 10-22-2008 12:08 AM
1976 Catalina 27 Hull Questions catcrazy27 Gear & Maintenance 2 09-17-2007 02:55 PM
Catalina 27 sail questions???? wildcard Gear & Maintenance 8 05-20-2007 05:40 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome