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Review of the Catalina 28 by JIM HIMES

Year built 1994  
Location of boat  
The boat is sailed on Rivers  
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 1994  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? YES. WITH NO REGRETS. THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT BOAT. JUST THE RIGHT SIZE FOR MY WIFE AND I.  
Gear that's been added REFRIGERATION, AUTO-4000, DODGER, GARHAUER HARD VANG, GARHAUER 6-1 TRAVLER CAR, BACK STAY ADJUSTER, LEWMAR 40'S.  
Structural or complex improvements  
The boat's best features JUST THE RIGHTSIZE FOR A COUPLE  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. THIS HAS BEEN A GREAT BOAT, HAS BEEN JUST ABOUT 100% TROUBLE FREE.  
Sailing characterisitcs GREAT UP WIND BOAT. CAN HANDLE JUST ABOUT ANYTHING HERE ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER.  
Motoring characterisitcs HAS M3-20 MOTOR, OK FOR MOST NORMAL CONDITIONS, COULD BE BIGGER WHEN GOING AGAINST A STIFF HEAD WIND OR BIG TIDE FLOW.  
Liveability JUST THE RIGHT SIZE FOR 2 PEOPLE. IN THE WIFES AND I OPINION ALL BOATS ONLY SLEEP 2 PEOPLE.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any THE DEALER HAS BEEN JUST GREAT. WE BOUGHT OUR BOAT FROM A DEALER ABOUT 250 MILES FOR OUR HOME, NO DEALER IN THE LOCAL AREA AT THAT TIME.  
Other comments JUST A GREAT BOAT. A GREAT ENTRY LEVEL BOAT, FOR A PERSON THAT WANTS TO GET THE FEEL OF A BIG BOAT. JUST ABOUT EVERY ONE THAT COME ABOARD IS SURPRISE AT THE AMOUNT OF ROOM. GREAT SAILER AND A VERY FORGIVING BOAT TO SAIL.  

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