I am new to the forum but have spent the last few hours reading over the threads and have discovered more info here that anywhere else online.
That being said I was hoping for some input on a potential purchase
I am looking at. I have the opportunity to but a 1976 Catalina
27' for around $3000. The boat seems to be in pretty good condition from the ad but I will be checking it out for myself this coming Sat.
Though I am not new to sailing (most recently spent a year crewing
on a 65' cat) this will be my first sail boat purchase
. The plan is to buy something inexpensive and sail the Chesapeake for a year or two and then move on to a blue water
I wanted to see what people thought of the pedestal steering
on such a small boat. I do not like tiller steer boats and was pleased to see the conversion to an Edson Pedestal Steering
on this boat, however I have also read some posts warning against wheel
steering in such a small boat. What are the reasons for this?
Also any input on what details I should be inspecting on Sat would be great!
Thanks in advance for any responses!