Yesterday we viewed a 1986 Hatteras aft cabin
and a 1986 Chris-craft Catalina
426 aft cabin
. Would appreciate some ideas on stairs.
The Hatteras was ruled out within just a few minutes because there was oil
under the port engine
in the bilge
, there was considerable evidence of water
intrusion around the windows, the galley
was a bit tight for two people to be in at the same time, and there was no dinette area at all.
was a fine boat. The owner has taken great care of it, upgraded too many things to list here, and it's truly turnkey ready. My concern is about the dogs
and my mother-in-law when we anchor
out or dock
at a floating dock
. The boat is otherwise perfect for us and only needs to interior
The owner of the Catalina has a cocker spaniel that he just puts over his shoulder and carries down the ladder to the swim platform. That won't work with our 95 pound labradors (yeah, they're a bit chunky) or my mother-in-law (not so chunky).
The Catalina's dingy storage
is the type that clamps onto the swim platform and leans up against the stern. If the dingy storage
was a winch
to a cradle on the hard
top or forward deck
, to problem. We could put the dogs
in the dingy before lowering it over the side. Unfortunately, that's not an option on the boat, as is, and we don't want to pop the $16,000 for a winch
Here is a photo
of an example of the model:
Would it be possible to shift the eisenglass and panels
so the transom door was on the port side of the stern, remove the existing ladder, and have someone custom build stainless steel
railings and teak
steps from the transom door to the middle of the swim platform? That would make entry much easier for everyone. Has anyone done this? Would it look stupid... or ruin the Catalina lines? Input appreciated.