The C30 is a great boat, very spacious below decks, well laid out. However, it has small water
and fuel tanks
. It also is severely lacking in storage
capacity. There is also the issue that most of the deck hardware
is NOT through bolted. Its simply screwed into the deck
with self tapping screws. The port lights could also use some reinforcing before attempting any serious offshore
work. Same with the rigging
. The original rig provided by Catalina
just isn't rugged enough to withstand the rigors of day in and day out use and abuse cruising will put on it. The good news? All these items are easily fixable and with proper planning and weather
watching, the C30 should take you anywhere you want to go.
is one of the easiest fixes. Theres a kit you can buy to upgrade it. Same with the deck hatdware. Remove it, drill bolt holes, and thru bolt it. Storage? I would take the aft double berth, and build storage lockers where it extends under the cockpit
. Then take the space thats left and turn it into a quarter berth. Just be careful to not put anything too heavy back there. You dont want all your weight in the ends. Tankage is a bigger issue. Remove your holding tank
, replace it with a lectrasan (or composter if thats your thing) and put another water tank there. A water maker would be a must for me, knowing how little storage capacity I had. The port lights, you could go with storm shutters or you could replace them with SS. Really up to you and your budget
(and time). Great little boats, and if you've got the will to outfit it for cruising, I think youd be very happy in it.
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