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Old 17-03-2008, 21:34   #1
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Catalina 310 In The BVI ?

We have our eye on a loaded 2001 Catalina 310 as a step up from our 1983 Catalina 30. Would have it on inland lakes in Texas for a few years before we retire...question...I saw a lot of Catalinas in the Pacific Northwest when I crewed there but very few in the BVI.

We would NOT be planning on circumnavigation, or even open water sailing, but are curious about owning a Catalina 310 in the BVI.

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--Would a carefully planned sail from Galveston to Tortola be out of the question for a Catalina 310?

--Would a Catalina 310 be a reasonable boat to have in the BVI if we did not intend to stray too far from that area?

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Questions..
--Would a carefully planned sail from Galveston to Tortola be out of the question for a Catalina 310?

--Would a Catalina 310 be a reasonable boat to have in the BVI if we did not intend to stray too far from that area?

All input welcomed!!
I don't see any reason why not. If you look at the local boats, there are many in that category.
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I would think it would do just fine in the BVI. And, I'd go for the full keel model unless you plan to spend a lot of time in the Bahamas. The BVI and Eastern Caribbean islands have deep water, and a deep keel is no problem at all.

Some years ago we chartered a Pearson 10-meter for two months and sailed her in the USVI, the BVI, and the Leewards down to The Saints, south of Guadeloupe. She was a "local" boat belonging to Dick Avery who for many years owned a yacht rental place in St. Thomas, and campaigned this Pearson in local races (where she wiped up the fleet on many occasions).

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I'm not familiar with the 310, but the 30 is one of the most popular sailboats ever made and in good condition is capable of this trip. There are plenty of Catalinas in the Caribbean engaged in either local sailing or transient cruising. We cruised/delivered a 95 Catalina 36 from Florida to USVI and she was a sound and capable cruiser. I would definitely recommend that you sail to BVI as a leisurely cruise rather than a passage: TX to FL to Bahamas to T&C to DR/PR to BVI.
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Thanks everyone! Right now that "slow leisurely cruise to BVI" is sounding awful good!! Sure wish I did not have a few more years to work!! Great advice from everyone, I appreciate it.
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That may be arranged as we speak. Just to agree with everyone else. So long as you pick the weather window It hould be a nice time.
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Given a leisurely sail from Galveston to Tortola, BVI, how many days should one allow for this dream?
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Given a leisurely sail from Galveston to Tortola, BVI, how many days should one allow for this dream?
This would be a minimum of around 1800 nm , could have head wind for a good part of the run, probably looking at 2 weeks plus stops
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I know it's been over a year since the last posting, but somehow I found this thread & I've been toiling with exactly the same problem. I have a 05' Catalina 310 and would love to sail her from New Jersey to the Bahamas, etc & wind up staying in the BVI for a while. I worry about limited storage, water (37 gal), rudientary capstan windlass, fuel capacity (27 gal), etc. I'd have pleant of time as I would do it when I retire. Have you come up with any thoughts?

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This was done with her bigger sister the 320.

Atom Voyages | Voyages Aboard the Sailboat Atom - Sailing a Catalina 320 to the Virgin Islands

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I'm jealous!..hope it works out for you...actually, we ended up keeping our catalina 30, not buying the 310, and now we have the 30 for sale!

Getting out of the 30 to morph over to motorhoming!!


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What a difference a foot can make. I've also sailed the 320 & it seems much bigger than the 310. The 310, which had a rather short production history, was advertised as the "couples cruiser." Indeed it has a very comfortable V-birth but not much room otherwise.
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