We sailed a Catalina 27 for a day sail this past Sunday. Winds were very light and variable at the beginning of the day. She had a roller furling jib
and inboard diesel
. We slowly wandered for the first 2 hours until we found the wind
. Once the wind
picked up to the 3-5 knot
range we were off and reaching. She handled very well. We eventually got her up to approx. 5.5 knots on a close reach.
Our typical experience is sailing on a 28 foot Erickson.
The Catalina was maneuverable, but not as swift as the Erickson (Erickson will turn on a dime). The cockpit
in Catalina was a bit larger than the Erickson and we really liked that. The roller furling jib
was a plus. Made it very easy to clean her up at the end of the day. The cabin
was roomy and not too much different from the Erickson. She handled the swells and wakes comfortably. The Catalina did have a strong weather helm
, which required a 3-5 degree offset to maintain heading on a close reach. The only thing we didn't like was that the side stays blocked travel as you maneuvered on deck
from the aft to the foredeck and vice versa. The inboard Diesel
had plenty of power for the boat.
All in all, we really enjoyed the Catalina.
Best of luck,