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Review of the Catalina 28 by Mike Smith

Year built 1992  
Location of boat Barnaget Bay, NJ  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2004  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Definitly. The more I looked at boats when I purchased this one, the more I kept comming back to this model.  
Gear that's been added Bimini, Gps, replaced clam cleats with cam cleats for better holding, solid Gearhauer Boom Vang, BBQ grill, new running rigging, custom mattress in v-berth, installed wire shelves in "hanging locker", micro,  
Structural or complex improvements none  
The boat's best features sails well to wind, very solid and stable feel to boat ( wife gets sea sick sometimes)  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. had a leak with fresh water system. Found a bad T-connection behind the batteries. Battery location very bad. This style tends to "list" somewhat. I have seen this in several 28s. Have to use a funnel to fuel the boat, mine has a modified stern rail with stern seat ( design of the newer models)  
Sailing characterisitcs  
Motoring characterisitcs The 18 horses are just enough in normal conditions, with a strong headwind a larger motor that is in the newer models would be helpful  
Liveability Is roomy for two. Camefrom a 1984 Catalina 25, which I had for 12 seasons, so now we have head room and room to move about  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Delt with Catalina with my 25. Service was okay at that time  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any This was the second boat I bought from this dealer. Also several friends have boats purchased from this dealer.  
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