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Old 08-01-2013, 04:58   #16
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Re: 30ft vs 33ft

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That extra five foot is not costing you much. Good bang for the buck. Our docks do not go by the foot, which I am glad for.
I don't dock, I moor. After 36' it doesn't matter the boat size until you just can not fit.

I expect the OP would moor/anchor more than staying at a slip.
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Old 08-01-2013, 06:32   #17
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Re: 30ft vs 33ft

Another place to ask your question is www.hunterowners.com. The mast support post and crossmember under the mast on the 34 have a history of rotting, causing the deck to indent under the mast. I think the issue was Hunter used non-treated lumber, so make sure your surveyor knows to look for this. The cross beam is a bigger deal to replace than the mast support post.The 34 was a popular boat and pretty fast. Small cockpit that sort of limits hanging out at anchor. Others may disagree, but I think the 29.5 is not a good choice to sail to the caribbean, it is a coastal/inland cruiser.
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Old 16-01-2013, 08:57   #18
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Re: 30ft vs 33ft

Go for a boat in the 1982 to 1986 range in the same size from a different manufacturer.

Just a thought.
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Old 18-01-2013, 12:15   #19
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Thanks for your replies. After reading forums and talking to different boat owners I decided to go for catalina34.
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Old 18-01-2013, 13:47   #20
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Re: 30ft vs 33ft

IMHO a Catalina is a much better choice than a Hunter..

PS here is a good article on her big sister...
http://www.bwsailing.com/Boat_Review...75_July08.html
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Old 18-01-2013, 17:00   #21
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Thanks for your replies. After reading forums and talking to different boat owners I decided to go for catalina34.
If you're buying (or have already bought) a Catalina 34 you should definitely check out the c34.org website. There is a ton of good information there.
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Sounds like a good choice!
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Old 21-01-2013, 18:56   #23
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I made an offer for '87 C34 last week and got it surveyed today. All went well and looks like I'm gonna buy it
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I made an offer for '87 C34 last week and got it surveyed today. All went well and looks like I'm gonna buy it
Congratulations! I just bought mine (an '86) this fall but haven't had a chance to sail it yet. Can't wait til Spring.
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