Originally Posted by storyinframes
Catalina models certified in compliance with CE category "A" include:
My query to all esteemed sailors is
1. How many variants/models of Catalina 30 ft are there?
2. What I understand is there are more than one. Do all of them (in 30 ft category) will be CE certified as A, i.e. Ocean going, or only selected model? Then which one?
3. And if others are not then for what reasons they don't qualify? What modifications can be done on terms of rigging
and tankage etc to make them pass.
I'm no expert, but I do own a Catalina 30, so I'll take a whack.
There are three generations of the actual "Catalina 30" being the Mark 1, Mark 2, and Mark 3. I own a Mark 1, so I can only really give you real world experience on that model.
The Catalina 30 was replaced by the 309, which was itself replaced by the 310.
I can't comment on the seaworthiness of any of them beyond my 1984 Mark 1. It's a great boat if you like coastal cruising within range of responsive help. I've had mine out in weather
that's made me pucker, but that's more a reflection on me and less on the boat. I wouldn't take mine offshore
, and I'm all but positive it doesn't have a rating. If it does, that's a solid indicator that ratings mean nothing...
There was a couple that years ago did Mexico
and the Pacific in theirs, but they pretty much rebuilt the thing prior and changed everything. They're hocking a book about it now.