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Review of the Catalina 30 by Kirk Jockell

Year built 1980  
Location of boat Lake Lanier, GA  
The boat is sailed on Lakes  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew solo  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2004  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes. She has been a pleasure to sail. Bought her primarily as a comfy cruiser for me and my wife, however she is quicker than I expected. The 11hp Universal Diesel leave a lot to be desired, but here on the Lake that's all that is needed [After all, it is a sailboat].  
Gear that's been added Nothing yet. The boat was already well equipped with new North Sails, Harken Mainsheet Traveler, Harken 44 Self-Tailing Winches, Harken Roller Furling, Forespar Line Control Whisker Pole, and New Standing Rigging, Pressurized Water, Water Heater, New Cabin Sole [Cork Composite], and a 12,000 BTU reverse cycle Air Conditioning [my wife's favorite]. I will replace the Alcohol Stoev and Oven with a propane unit in the very near future.  
Structural or complex improvements Not at this time and I certainly hope I never do.  
The boat's best features THE ROOM. You would hard pressed to find a 30 footer with more space below and in the cockpit. Quality construction for a production boat. A nice turn of speed with well behaved sailing characteristics.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Nothing has really given me problems yet.  
Sailing characterisitcs Tall Rig. She likes a blow, but she likes it in conjuction with a proper sail plan. Reef Her, Keep Her On Her Feet, Keep the Wife Happy, Sail Her Like Dinghy, and Go Like Hell!  
Motoring characterisitcs Sluggish and Underpowered [11hp Universal Diesel]  
Liveability Very Spacious for a 30 footer. Very comfortable for a couple on short cruises. Great for long weekends and the like.  
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