there's a lot of good advice here, I was out on a Catalac
recently and found her a bit tender
sideways, but sound fore and aft. it's since had problems due removal
of internal partitions and changes to soles after flooding and sinking.
Check out that there are watertight compartments, that are water
tight, and the bulkheads show no signs of stress in them or at the connections. Doubling up in stressed areas will bring the strebgth and rigidity back.
well in light airs from the figures you gave so beware that she may be over canvassed earlier than many cruising cats so understand the reefing system and assess how you can let the sheets
fly if you are hit by a heavy gust or wind
shift. There's been lots on this recently.
Outboards that lift
out of the water
will give another half a knot
, probably more. And are much easier to service/change when cruising. Depends if you are happy to wait for tide and wind to favour your destination
, or are happy to change the destination
to suit conditions.
Have a great time and lwarn her well before committing to longer trips.