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Old 02-06-2011, 08:44   #1
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Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

Greetings friends, I am looking to finally buy a boat within 3 months. A boat that keeps coming across my radar is the C-30, these seem to be abundant and relatively inexpensive (<$10k). I will be updating all the blocks, cleats, winches, etc. I will also be installing radar and radios.

My question is this: It the C-30's construction generally strong enough for long distance sailing? I'd like to "round the Horn" and maybe run across one of the oceans. I've read people have circumnavigated these boats, so I presume they're of worthy quality. I'm a little nervous about its deck-stepped mast though.

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Old 02-06-2011, 10:08   #2
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

As many will say you can take any boat around the world given time, Good weather and luck.

That given your not going to like what I have to say about your choice of boat. Catalina built a boat for a specific market. World cruising wasn't it. The hull thickness is to thin and the hull shape is wrong for extended ocean sailing. The bottom of the boat is to flat to withstand extensive sailing in rough weather. In short during a sail in moderate chop they pound. The rig is to weak for ocean passage and the deck stepped mast will cause compression damage to the coach roof. Lack of storage below decks leave very little space for storing provisions and they have no basic sea berth or decent nav station. All of that being said they are a great boat for coastal and inland waters. I would recommend you have a look at a more suitable vessel if you want peace of mind on the ocean. If you want to stay small perhaps a Cape Dory or an Alberg.
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

The Cape Dory is another one that keeps coming up. I guess there's a reason the C30s are cheap and plentiful
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

What he said. I wouldn't take a C30 for an extended offshore run for any amount of money. A C400? Maybe.
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

For what it's worth I have a well-equipped Island Packet 35, which is MUCH more robustly built than anything made by Catalina, and I wouldn't even consider taking that "round the Horn." Cape Horn is no place for 30' production sailboats.
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

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As many will say you can take any boat around the world given time, Good weather and luck.

That given your not going to like what I have to say about your choice of boat. Catalina built a boat for a specific market. World cruising wasn't it. The hull thickness is to thin and the hull shape is wrong for extended ocean sailing. The bottom of the boat is to flat to withstand extensive sailing in rough weather. In short during a sail in moderate chop they pound. The rig is to weak for ocean passage and the deck stepped mast will cause compression damage to the coach roof. Lack of storage below decks leave very little space for storing provisions and they have no basic sea berth or decent nav station. All of that being said they are a great boat for coastal and inland waters. I would recommend you have a look at a more suitable vessel if you want peace of mind on the ocean. If you want to stay small perhaps a Cape Dory or an Alberg.
I love my C-30, and everything you say is true.
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

Well, obviously, money is the limiting factor here. I am in the market for a boat I can go sail to the islands and back, I guess I wouldn't bother with the horn anyways because I'm not experienced enough, but let's just leave it at coastal cruising and short ocean hops (Florida -> St. Kitts)
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lol, Florida to St. Kitts is anything but a short ocean hop. Florida to the Bahamas is a short ocean hop.
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

St. Kitts was the first one that popped into my head. I'd like to go island hopping
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I think that a Catalina 30 would be just fine crossing over to the Bahamas from Florida, and then cruising the entire lenghth of that Island chain. I also think that you could get a C30 down below DR/PR and into the Leeward and then Windward Caribbean islands if you were extremely patient with regard to suitable weather windows for a lightly-built/rigged boat.
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Re: Catalina C-30 for moderate off-shore work and live aboard full time.

Florida to St. Kitts is about 1500 miles...
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guess it's back to shopping for an old B(ristol)27 then.
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