I love this forum, spend alot of time here reading. Would love to hear your opinions and ideas.
Does anyone out there have any first hand knowledge of the early 80's vintage of the Sparkman and Stephens designed Catalina
I am currently shopping
in the 30k to 35k range for a decent sailboat. There is a good selection of C38's here on the left coast. Have looked at many brands and models and spend alot of time researching on the interent. Have looked at a 35 Person and a 41 C&C Newport
. Basically have ruled out the C&C
. The Pearson
is stout but basically slow with small intereior. The Catalina
however is quite sleek and quick. Possibly the most respected designer
team in the world. Catalina is still in business so parts
are available. The 38 has been written about in Royces.
or coastal, everyone has their opinions. I see Catalinas everywhere. As far as coastal, we did a Mexico
curise from SF on a 30' Tartan. The worst seas and winds we found were off of Big Sur in sight of land. 40 knot wind
with higher gusts and 20 ft seas with larger swells, breaking on our stern. Thought we were going to die. IMHO, the difference between off shore and coastal is a good life raft, epirb
info. The sea state we found within ten miles of the Big Sur CA was worse than most circum-navigators find anywhere, according to my reading. Fin keel
, full keel
, cut away fore foot, all are a compromise of sorts.
For my wife, the Catalina 38
is sleek and sexy, comfortable and well appointed, just like her, so she is sailing with me. The boat has some very nice wood work and plenty of storage
. My wife and I may
never get far from the west coast
of CA or Mex. That doesn't necessarily rule
out an ocean passage
by myself or with other crew besides her. Mainly have sites on Hawaii
, wife will go by jet and meet me there.
So let's hear it guys and gals,