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Review of the Catalina 30 by Al Lewis

Year built 1980  
Location of boat United States  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
How the boat is used Multi-week coastal cruising  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1980  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Definitely. In the early 80's before all the mylar, kevlar arrived, it was also a decent racer. It is very comfortable, takes the winds well, is a great boat  
Gear that's been added You name it, we added it. Changed the Atomic 4 gas to a Universal Diesel MPX 25; added roller furling; fully-battened main; Cruising spinnaker, re-did all electrical (Catalinas are know for these problems); new radar; gps; changed out the alcohol stove to a stainless propane stove with oven; cocktail table; teak steps on the stern ladder; full cockpit enclosure (open at transom), etc, etc, etc.  
Structural or complex improvements No.  
The boat's best features Size, comfort, dependability.  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Electrical--which we replaced.  
Sailing characterisitcs Great sailing.  
Motoring characterisitcs Moves along well. No problem.  
Liveability Very comfortable.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any) No problem. Very cooperative. Told me which engine to replace our Atomic 4 with,.  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any All fine.  
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