Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 06-11-2009, 18:20   #1
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Currently travelling the Caribbean
Boat: 1979 Catalina 30 - Aibell
Posts: 25
Catalina 30' - Whatcha Think?

Hello everybody!

We are three young guys in Miami looking to purchase a sailboat to cruise the Caribbean on. Today we went to a marina and looked at a few boats. One that stood out is a 1979 Catalina 30' with a 2001 Yanmar diesel.

1979 Catalina Aft Cockpit Sail Boat For Sale - www.yachtworld.com

We would love to hear back from people who know this boat, or really anyone who knows anything about boats and can tell us the pros and cons of this one. Please be brutally honest, we are possibly about to invest a big chunk of money into this boat and would like to know as much about it as possible.

This site has been so helpful in the past. Gotta love sailors.
__________________

__________________
saltyspringer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2009, 19:28   #2
Senior Cruiser
 
Sailmonkey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Boat: '76 Allied Seawind II, 32'
Posts: 5,767
that boat would be perfect for what you want, so long as you understand that it will never be where you want to be when the weather gets really nasty. other than that inspect or change the standing rig and have the sails looked at.
__________________

__________________
Sailmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2009, 19:32   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Currently travelling the Caribbean
Boat: 1979 Catalina 30 - Aibell
Posts: 25
What do you mean by "never be where you want to be when the weather gets really nasty"?
thanks
__________________
saltyspringer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2009, 19:34   #4
Senior Cruiser
 
Sailmonkey's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Houston
Boat: '76 Allied Seawind II, 32'
Posts: 5,767
Consider this boat to be a big dinghy. light weight, flat bottomed. It will take more than you can, but....
Others have done the same trip you want to do on the same model boat, just watch the weather.
__________________
Sailmonkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-11-2009, 20:09   #5
Moderator
 
Boracay's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Pelican Bay, Great Sandy National Park
Boat: Steel Roberts Offshore 44
Posts: 5,175
Images: 18
Other way?

I'm only going on second hand info, but the descriptions of cruisers who have headed west south west from Florida have suggested that it's a rough old passage, hard on the boat and hard on the crew.

An old, small, cheap boat is not going to have a good time of it.

Would it be possible to start from the western end of the Caribbean and sail back to Florida, maybe even drifting all the way up to Canada if the weather Gods are willing.

To me the question that you need to ask is can I find a suitable boat in the Western Caribbean?
__________________
Rust never sleeps
Boracay Blog.
Boracay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2009, 18:14   #6
Senior Cruiser
 
bstreep's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: San Antonio, TX/Port Aransas, TX
Boat: 1990 Macintosh 47, "Merlin"
Posts: 2,274
If you want this boat, I'd buy it already in the islands. This boat is a coastal cruiser - and a small one at that. I wouldn't take that boat from Florida to the islands for any amount of money. Others will, however.
__________________
Bill Streep
San Antonio/Port Aransas, TX
bstreep is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2009, 18:22   #7
Marine Service Provider
 
Inkwell's Avatar

Join Date: May 2007
Location: St. Simons Island, Ga.
Boat: Hunter Legend 37.5 1993
Posts: 241
Send a message via Skype™ to Inkwell
There is nothing wrong with a Catalina 30 for sailing to the islands. You see them all over the Bahamas and BVI, USVI. Go for it. You do not need a " blue water" sailboat to enjoy sailing in the caribbean. Miami is an easy sail to the Bahamas. Sail the Bahamas first, get some experience, see some awful sites and then it time allows, work your way to the BVI.
__________________

__________________
Inkwell is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
catalina, catalina 30

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Need Guidance on 30' Cruiser CaptBrosnan Dollars & Cents 7 01-07-2009 09:29
First Blowboat! 30' Hunter. scubayachts Monohull Sailboats 3 04-04-2008 11:00
How 'bout a Rawson 30' ? bob and sharon Monohull Sailboats 1 17-02-2008 17:15
Willard Eight Ton 30' ??? jpcraw Monohull Sailboats 3 29-06-2007 18:33
1981 30' US Yacht Rick S Monohull Sailboats 2 11-02-2005 10:33



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 21:19.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.