That's not a bad boat. The Ikea or Kmart chairs in the salon
would have to go but it's an easy fix.
Catalinas, Hunters et all are great boats but they were made as high value coastal and bay cruisers. Same as a Bennie. Though the Bennie is a little nicer IMHO minus the Ikea feel.
I grew up around Catalina 27's being the gold standard for a bay/coastal cruiser, have a Cat36 in the slip next to us and a Hunter
49 on our "T" pier. Both nice boats and in the right conditions etc ones you could use but not ones designed to go offshore
One look at hull
, rig etc shows the differences. My chain plates on the T42 are 3 times the size of the Hunter
is twice as big around, not even looking at keel
design, freeboard etc. I promise that H49 is fast in light wind
and would shudder in plus 20 where we are just chilling. My point? There are many boats designed for a market, look at ones designed for your use, they all have a purpose for the owner. I'd never race
my boat, it's a fast passage
maker but not a racer
, else I'd own a J42 or some insane foiled catamaran