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Review of the Catalina 30 by Tony Barra

Year built 1976  
Location of boat Ventura ,California  
The boat is sailed on Open ocean  
How the boat is used Blue water, extended passages  
Normal wind strength 16-22 knots  
Average size of crew 5-6  
Liveaboard? Yes  
Owner bought the boat in 1976  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes PANACHE has taken me safley 1/2 way around the world. I spent 5 1/2 years sailing in the south pacific as far as Ause. and mexico 2x. The only thing that has been changed is the rigging(larger wire and turnbuckles.)  
Gear that's been added To much to list . Wind self steering ,dodger ,larger water tanks, more batteries, refrigeration,windless,and custome electrical panel and wiring. Ham and single side band radios.much more s  
Structural or complex improvements Just larger rigging and aft lower chainplate modification  
The boat's best features Very good open ocean sailing boat, safe when it is blowing . good interior accomindations confortable at sea. able to carry ampel provisions and water for off shore voyges  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. PANACHE has been trouble free for the 31years I have owned her.  
Sailing characterisitcs Very good on the open ocean off soundings .She has always adveraged at least 125 to 175 miles per day on passages.  
Motoring characterisitcs Moter use is ok .only have YS12b Yanmar so it is not used when I can sail. motor has 1975 hrs. in 30+ years .  
Liveability I have lived on It for 25+ years meaver had a problem with just 1person . A little crowed with 2 living at a marina and having to go to work in a office .  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) Very Good  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Ok boat dealers are like used car dealers. be ware of promices made and not written down.  
Other comments Very good go fast crusing boat both off shore and near shore.  

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