Catalina 30 is an excellent choice as long as the kids dont mind the aft cabin berths under the cockpit. You might find one for 15k ready to go.
Ain't that the truth!!!... It's gonna get tight with 5 aboard on just about any size boat that normal people can afford!
Make sure you have the boat surveyed, and call that crack to the attention of the surveyor. More than likely it's not a major issue, though.We will sailing out of the Deltaville area. I have a deposit on a Catalina 30 at the moment. Besides negotiating a fair price, I have a concern about a crack on the deck that runs-under the mast foot that is visible both fore and aft for an inch or two. Hairline would best describe it.
Congrats! Very exciting.I have just placed a deposit on a 1994 Hunter 30T. Survey should be completed Monday, and we close NLT Friday of next week. Very excited!! Any suggestions on an inexpensive chartplotter?
Congratulations. Are you buying the boat in D'ville? We bought our first boat there, moved our second there and haven't been been able to leave because we love the sailing around Deltaville so much.I have just placed a deposit on a 1994 Hunter 30T. Survey should be completed Monday, and we close NLT Friday of next week. Very excited!! Any suggestions on an inexpensive chartplotter?
I hear nothing but good things about Norton's. Stingray Point is full of folks that have bought more than one boat from them and they owner of the Tartan 40 I sometimes crew on recommends them also. The owners are also instrumental in organizing the Leukemia Cup Regatta also, so they really do a lot for the Deltaville Sailing community. I don't think you could have done better finding a broker.We discovered the boat in Gloucester through Norton Yachts. We were planning on keeping the boat at Powell's on Jackson Creek. Stingray is a nice marina.
Took the boat out on a "sea trial" today. I'm hooked! The owner has made several sound modifications to the boat and has kept the boat spotless.
Hunter impressed me with some of the features that come standard with their '94 30T. The Roller furling is in the anchor well. There are teaks seats in the handrails on the bow, stern port/starboard. Great storage throughout. Yanmar runs like a swiss watch. Running rigging layed out well.
The balance of the boat was amazing. Since we had some steady winds 10-15 knots we used the Jib only. I would think this to be awkward but still handled with precision. 5.5 knots.
Will post on survey coming up Monday.