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Review of the Catalina 250 by Mark Hartong

Year built 2007  
Location of boat Deltaville, VA  
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 solo  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 2006  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes, She is an optimal trade off between price, size, and features. In the end, even with the additional gear and modification were added, she was 50% of the cost of a similarly equipped 28 Mk II. Affordable, stable, easily soloed, and extremely comfortable for one person, yet still large enough for two for those times when the spouse elects to go.. The dealership, Chesapeake Yacht Sales of Deltaville VA were a pleasure to work with and I can not recommend them enough. Although Persephone was the smallest new vessel they had sold, you would never have known it based on the way they treated us. Weekly phone calls with status until commissioning was complete, and then monthly follow ups for any discovered in service issues.  
Gear that's been added standard options over stock boat: sail-drive marine head, wheel steering, wheel pedestal guard, ST60 Tridata, holly sole cushions  
Structural or complex improvements 2nd house battery bank with battery monitor and charger Cockpit port lights to after berth AC Shore power RC-435 Chart plotter S-1 Wheel drive Holding Tank Tank Level Indictor Electric Bilge pump  
The boat's best features price, ease of maintenance (no vast expanses of woodwork to keep up), simplicity in soloing, stability, weatherproof pop top cover, roominess for 1 person (use the V berth for stowage, and after berth for sleeping), inboard diesel (fair number of power boaters around who insist on making wake, so there is always the issue of cavitation) excellent access to the diesel While I would have loved to have a C28 Mk II, or the 30 MkIII/309, the C250 is really the boat for the rest of us on a budget. While either of the later would be have been wonderful, the 250 allows one to go sailing with a new boat and still have money left over for other things. Something not possible with the other two when one considers all of the other expenses in life (house, car, school, medical, etc)  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Slightly heavy by the stern with the fuel tank and holding tank right aft. Remembering to duck when standing up quickly. After the first couple of times not ducking, Salon table is a bit of an access problem if using the v berth ( though since don't have a navigation station works well for spreading charts) Table fiddles would be nice when anchored out and have to deal with wake turbulence  
Sailing characterisitcs Well balanced, dry boat that likes to be sailed relatively flat. Reef early above 15 knots. Could point closer to the wind. Good hardware  
Motoring characterisitcs 5 kts at 2600 rpm, 1 pint /hour. No prop walk No cavitation Could pick up another 1/2 knot with a folding prop, but have other uses for the boat units  
Liveability Excellent for 1, Cozy for 2, 3 or more I don't think so. Single burner stove limits cooking, careful meal planning is a must The standard blue ice chest can't possibly be insulated!!!! It is, however, easy to remove and stock. Catalina needs to rethink this.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) No direct contact with Catalina  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any The dealership was Chesapeake Yacht Sales in Deltaville, VA. Outstanding customer service. Can not recommend them enough. Proactive, so minor issues never became an major problem Would gladly purchase another bigger Catalina from them. Recommend them in the strongest possible terms! An excellent representative for Catalina!!!!!!!!!!  
Other comments Well built user friendly boat. After a year of ownership ( She was an October 2006 delivery- start of model year 2007) I'm still very pleased. If the opportunity ever comes to upgrade, Catalina will be first place I look.  

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