Originally Posted by vermonster
So looked at all the listed boats and narrowed it down to the 1984 Seafarer 26 ($6500) and 1984 Cataline 25 ($4800). Both in great shape, having a hard time between the two. Certainly the SF has better headroom
and more "amenities" in the cabin
but Catalina isn't bad in that area and has a better price
. Also Seafarer has an inboard motor
. Any suggestions?
Cat25-PHRF222to231 depending on exact model.
Note: Lower PHRF numbers are faster.
figure the Cat25 is 6 or 9sec per mile faster. Not really a significant difference unless you are cruising over very long distances or racing
The advantage of the inboard is its battery charging
economy (assuming it is a diesel) and reliability
The downside is getting repairs
done in what may be a very small market for diesel
repair. With a smaller market, there will be less competition and prices will be higher. Given the size of the boat the engine
space will likely be very small possibly making work take longer thus increasing the cost. Doing your own maintenance
will likewise be constrained.
With an outboard
the motor weighs significantly less, motor can be removed and taken to repair shop saving some repair expenses, replacement motor can be fitted while normal motor is in the shop, decreased cost, easier access to maintenance is more likely. Space that would be used by an inboard can be used for storage
, a very significant issue on a 25-26' boat.
The upside to wheels is the instant familiarity with how the boat steers. It also gives increase mechanical advantage, which isn't needed on boats this size.
The downside wheels is the extra cost and maintenance. If you want to install an autopilot
, tiller is cheaper. A wheel is slower to manipulate in close maneuvering situations. A wheel masks subtle maneuvering differences between a car and a boat, specifically that the boat steers from the back end whereas a car steers from the front. This difference only tends to be important in docking
A wheel tends to occupy more of the cockpit
and a tiller tends to occupy more of it underway.
For these two specific boats the Cat25 has full length cockpit
seats that can be slept on, not so the Seafarer.
The Seafarer has a partial skeg to it's advantage and is more heavily built for it's length and beam. Given that you will be lake sailing both should be more than adequately strong. The lower weight of the Cat25 will be a marginal advantage if you have to pull the boat out of the water
CATALINA 25 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
SEAFARER 26 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com
For this application I would recommend the Cat25. Use any money
you save to buy upgrades such as a solar
panel to keep the batteries up and an autopilot
With extra batteries and solar panels
you can get a trolling motor get the boat in and out of the marina without using gas.