Catalina Owner Reviews

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Review of the Catalina 250 by Rick

Year built 1996  
Location of boat lake Michigan  
The boat is sailed on The Great Lakes  
How the boat is used Day sailing  
Normal wind strength less than 10 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2002  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes, I was looking at a Hunter 23.5 and a Catalina 22. I enjoy the extra room in the cockpit over the Hunter and the privacy of the head over the Catalina 22.  
Gear that's been added Am-Fm stereo and a 6 disc changer.  
Structural or complex improvements none  
The boat's best features Ease of trailering. I pull it with a 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. Launch and retrieval are very easy.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Excessive weather helm tends to round you up. Not quite as bad when reefed.  
Sailing characterisitcs With the 110 jib it doesn't perform well in light air. I am thinking of adding a spinnacher w/ chute  
Motoring characterisitcs Honda 9.9 long shaft performs well.  
Liveability I have mostly day sailed since owning. I have spent the night aboard at the slip a few times and found it to be Comfortable for Two adults and a child or two.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) I have dealt with Catalina Direct for parts but not with Catalina in general.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any The broker Trailered the boat 250 miles for me then rigged it and launched it for me. I was very happy with the Sail Place Inc. In Waukegan IL.  
Other comments Nice boat for the money. I will probably stay with Catalina when I am ready to move up. It is nice to have a manufacture still in business If you need parts or assistance.  

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