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Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bedford, VA
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Re: Catalina 27 questions
One guy in our club single hands his Catalina 27 inboard with wheel in our races (with a 155 up, and yeah he's a helluva great sailor)... he always sits forward of the wheel and much of the time on the leeward side (to see under his 155)... This places him next to the self-tailing winch, and within arms reach of the traveler. He uses a wheel lock if he has foredeck work.
Seems like a great sailing boat, and I cannot imagine WHY it would not work well as a first keelboat. I'd say it might be a bit big to start, but not horribly so. Just understand that the boat isn't light, and you must take time to reverse yourself to a stop while docking (don't try to stop the boat by hand its just too big for that).
Freedom, a 1983 C&C 32 sailing Smith Mountain Lake, VA