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Review of the Catalina 30 by Dick Cook

Year built 1980  
Location of boat Port Orchard Wa.  
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 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1994  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes  
Gear that's been added electronic ignition, fresh water cooling on atomic-4. Bow roller. cockpit cushions, cockpit table, stern perch seats, boarding ladder, all new canvas,(sail covers and dodger),battery charger, anchor light, spreaders, jib roller furling system and new sail. Had custon dinette table made to replace old bulkhead mounted table.  
Structural or complex improvements No.  
The boat's best features Cockpit space, interior space and sailing performance  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Blisters. Old wood spreaders.  
Sailing characterisitcs She really sails!! can be a little tender in winds over 15 knots  
Motoring characterisitcs Need more power if going into a 3 to 4 foot sea. I am thinking of going to a 3 blade prop but hate to loose any sailing performance.  
Liveability More storage close at hand in the galley, need twice as much water and fuel tankage.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Broker, good experience.  
Other comments She is perfect for what we use our sail boat for. We sail close to home when there is a good wind and cruise for 2-3 weeks a year.  

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