I probably saw more Catalinas doing deliveries up and down the west coast
over 15 years than any other type of vessel. They were everywhere! Most were seaworthy
and had a fun crew to be around.
A good friend took his to southern Mexico
and I believe just kept on going.
My comment on the delamination
problem had to do with ensuring you check out what ever you plan on using for your offshore
adventure, the Catalina
I towed in was about a 1995-2000 vintage. Beware, the sea is an unforgiving mistress and will find the weak spot on any vessel and work on it until it fails. Phil