Catalina Owner Reviews

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Review of the Catalina 30 by Paaul Dobson

Year built 1989  
Location of boat Palmetto, Fl  
The boat is sailed on Bays, sounds, or protected salt water  
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 1999  
If the clock could be turned back, would owner buy again? Yes  
Gear that's been added No - it was faily well equipped when we bought it  
Structural or complex improvements No  
The boat's best features Roominess, stability, comfort  
Problem areas in terms of design, materials, maintenance, etc. Leaks through bolts in the cabin roof  
Sailing characterisitcs It's not fast and light airs it's pretty hopeless (at least with beginners like us) but it is stable  
Motoring characterisitcs Very reliable - it motor sails very nicely with just the jib  
Liveability For the size and for two people for extended weekends, it's very comfortable.  
The owner's experience in dealing with Hunter (if any)  
The owner's experience with the boat dealer or broker, if any We used a broker and were pleased with the experience. As this is our first boat, we were looking for some help and guidance and we felt the broker helped with that.  
Other comments It is what it is - a comfortable coastal cruiser - ideal for extended weekends and for one or two couples. We are very pleased with it.  

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