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Review of the Catalina 30 by David Stone

Year built 1982  
Location of boat Atlantic City, NJ  
The boat is sailed on Open ocean  
How the boat is used Weekends and longer  
Normal wind strength 10-15 knots  
Average size of crew 2-4  
Liveaboard? No  
Owner bought the boat in 1996  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Most definitely!  
Gear that's been added Autopilot, speedo/depth, new hot water heater, radar, gps units, new vhf, handheld  
Structural or complex improvements no structural improvemnets. Rebuilding atomic-4 one piece at a time.  
The boat's best features Roomy, easy and fun to sail. Anything that breaks is easily fixed. Catalina associations are very helpful  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Atomic-4, but I'm learning. Original CDI furler needs replacement. Minor blister and keel repairs. Seacocks were not used for galley, head, and pump-out outlets, need to be replaced  
Sailing characterisitcs The 30 is very fun and easy to sail. Handles well in most wind speeds. Likes to sail flat, without a lot of heel  
Motoring characterisitcs Reversed is always a guessing game, but handles well everywhere else  
Liveability Very roomy, easy to stay on. Would like to add a/c eventually. Main saloon is very nice for entertaining  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any Sandy Hook yacht sales was very helpful  
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