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Review of the Catalina 30 by James Grintz

Year built 1985  
Location of boat Westbrook, CT  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength 16-22 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1988  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes, although I now would like a larger boat. It has gotten me through some severe weather however without mishap. It is incrediblysea worthy.  
Gear that's been added Roller furling for genoa, GPS, auto pilot, Apparent wind  
Structural or complex improvements no  
The boat's best features Interior headroom, stiffness of hull  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. rudder post has too much slop and is not adjustable or use a sleave or bushing that might have been replaceable. I have had a significant problem with osmosis blistering on the hull.  
Sailing characterisitcs heavy weather up to 35 knots in open sea  
Motoring characterisitcs fair performance with two blade prop. very poor in sizeable seas  
Liveability roomy and comfortable  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any mostly favorable, however the dealer applied barrier coat over old bottom paint which was discovered years later. It was a disaster removing it after it cracked.  
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