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Old 19-05-2011, 16:46   #1
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Cool Bought a Catalac - Excited!

Ok, put a deposit down on one but in less than a couple of months I shall be the proud owner of a 1994 Catalac 900.

My search for a suitable liveaboard / cruising boat has covered virtualy all types,

Modern monohulls - Hunter 380/40.5, Beneteau 36cc/380 Oceanis
Classic ketches - Colvic Victor 40, etc.
Classic monohulls - Moody 37/40
Multihulls - Catalac 9m/10m, Prout quest, Gemini 105m, Dean 365

I'd come to the conclusion that a catamaran was the ideal package for me, combining light and airy living accomodation, stable anchoring and ease of handling but up until a week or so ago, I'd virtualy written off the idea as they were either too old (Catalac 9m's, Prouts, etc) or too expensive, (Gemini 105, Fountaine Pajot, etc).

Then I came accross a fantastic Catalac 900 in the UK. These are basicaly the old Catalc 9m that was built upto the early 80's that were put back into production in the mid 90's. They only made about 25 in total so are pretty rare and combine the old 9m's great layout with a much updated design and spec by replacing the old leaky aluminium windows with modern tinted plastic ones, extended saloon headroom, fully enclosed helm, proper pressurised hot water system and shower, etc. All this for about half what I've sold my flybridge for so plenty in the budget to upgrade for proper cruising.

She's coming out for survey in June and then a certain regular forum member here will be helping me deliver her down to southern Spain so I should have have her by early July, can't wait!!
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Old 19-05-2011, 16:59   #2
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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

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Old 19-05-2011, 17:14   #3
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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

Not sure what you're trying to say......
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Old 19-05-2011, 17:26   #4
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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

Is it Boatman who's helping with the delivery to Spain? Then we all have two reasons to be jealous.
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Old 19-05-2011, 17:56   #5
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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

Might be........
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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

Congratulations!
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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

Congratulations Simon! Sounds like you found exactly what you are looking for. Here's to good sailing and good times ahead!

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Re: Bought a Catalac, excited!

Well done. An exciting moment for sure.

Don't believe that all catalac windows leak - mine didn't although I did re-bed them, and also replaced the rubber sealing bead on the front windows when they needed doing.

The Catalac brand has done very well over the years despite their poor sailing performance, due primarily to their excellent layout for such a small boat. A number destined for the mediterranean were produced with a taller (and thus larger) rig, and they do need to be kept light.
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