not sure what you mean by salt water. But Catalina are great Bay boats. ie. Chesapeake bay. My boat is a 74 and have sailed it for the past 6 years. Great boats. They are like campers on the water. My GF and I could tuck into coves that most boats couldn''t. I wouldn''t take them into the ocean. But I wouldn''t be afraid to sail in a 10 to 15 knot breeze.