Catalina Owner Reviews

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Review of the Catalina 30 by Matthew Borders

Year built 1990  
Location of boat Colonial Beach, VA  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength less than 10 knots  
Average size of crew solo  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2006  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes, The Catalina 30 is a HUGE 30 foot boat. It has really nice accomidations and it is a very comfortable sailor. I am also impressed that it seems to be able to take some nasty weather without out being damaged.  
Gear that's been added Raymarine S1 Autohelm, GPS. Boat already had: Bimini, dodger, and connector depth VHF Cockpit table New Cabin Cushions Cockpit Cushions  
Structural or complex improvements So far I haven't had to make any. I had a leaky window on the port side of the boat and I fixed that.  
The boat's best features The room inside the boat is awesome! It is plenty of room for my wife and I.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. I had mentioned earlier that the window on the port side was leaking. Other than that I am fine.  
Sailing characterisitcs This boat loves to reach! She goes to wind okay and sails downwind okay. It is very comfortable and stiff.  
Motoring characterisitcs Motoring is fine. I have a three blade prop and I motor around 5 knots, give or take because of the current. I have had the motor on with the mainsail in 40knot winds and 8 foot seas and it did okay. In heavy seas, going directly into the waves, the boat tends to Hobby horse a little.  
Liveability This boat is very comfortable. It has a lot of room and it has plenty of storage. The icebox works fine and the boat is great undersail or at ancor.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) No Experience  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any I bought the boat through Annapolis Yacht Sales South. I delt with Jonathan. He seemed to be knowledgeable and fair. I would deal with them in the furture and there weren't any big surprises during the purchase.  
Other comments I really like this boat. It is a huge step up from my Hunter 22. This boat is everything that I had hoped and thought that it would be. I feel safe and secure, even in bad weather. I haven't had the boat out for more than 5 days, yet, but I have big plans for it. I am really looking forward to some extended cruising.  

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