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Old 12-08-2018, 15:01   #1
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1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

Boat is located in Indiantown, Florida.
Price $35,000 Canadian
Lots of photos and videos can be seen on "S/V Mariposa" Facebook Page.

We are happy and a little sad to put S/V Mariposa up for sale…

The story… We are Phil and Michelle, prior owners of a hopping busy soup and sandwich cafe in BC, Canada that put everything up for sale to go sailing in the Bahamas. We traveled across Canada to buy a boat in Saint John, New Brunswick. We purchased a 1988 Catalina 34 Tall Rig named Mariposa from prior Canadian owners who had just come back from doing the exact same trip that we were planning on doing. On October 16, 2017 we set sail south, travelling along the ICW on foul days and the open Atlantic on the nicer days all the way south to West Palm Beach, Florida. We made it to the Bahamas December 24th, 2017.

As April approached and after an awesome cruising season, we decided we had to do one more season in the Bahamas. We changed our plans of sailing back to Canada and put Mariposa up on the hard in Indiantown, Florida. We began a long road trip home excited to see family and friends.

As luck would have it, the only company that Michelle and I would love to have an opportunity to work for posted two management positions on their Facebook page. When we got back to BC, we applied for the positions, went through the interview process and both received job offers!

For this bitter/sweet reason, we are selling Mariposa. Mariposa is located in Indiantown, Florida. With a small amount of preparation, provisioning and delivering her back down the St. Lucy River to West Palm Beach and re-stepping the mast, she will be ready to return to the Bahamas again!

Mariposa is a Canadian registered boat and therefore we are hoping to find a Canadian buyer as the sale of the boat would be considerably easier and have a lot less hoops to jump through. We would need to remove our personal items from the boat but all else goes.

Please forgive the lack of “Boat purchasing photos” as we didn’t intend for this to happen this way. We will post all photos we feel might give a true representation of Mariposa. As well, feel free to check out “S/V Mariposa” on Facebook to view the boat (pictures and videos) and the awesome 2017 cruising season we had.

Who’s ready to sail Mariposa to the Bahamas for 2018?


Boat Name

Keel: Fin
Rudder: Spade, Factory approved built up rudder mod.
Mast: Tall Rig, Keel Stepped

LOA: 34.50' / 10.52m
Beam: 11.75' / 3.58m
LWL: 29.83' / 9.09m
Maximum Draft: *5.58' / 1.70m
Displacement: 11950 lbs./ 5421 kgs.

Total Power: 23 HP
Engines: 1
Engine Brand: Universal 25 XP
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 23 HP
Engine Hours: Total unknown. Ran without any issues our entire cruising season. Working hour meter installed by previous owner. Has total of 1300 hours.

Tanks - Regular Equipment from Factory
Fresh Water Tanks: 2
Fuel Tank: 1 - 25 Gallons
Holding Tank with Macerator

Top Side

Ground Tackle
* 200 feet of chain - Good condition
* 100 feet of rode - Good condition
* Manson Anchor
* Danforth Anchor

* 1) 110% Genoa: Good Condition
* 2) 150% Genoa: Good Condition
* 3) Battened Traditional Mainsail: Good Condition
* 4) Spare Mainsail: Average Condition
* Mack Pack Mainsail Cover w/lazy jacks
* Furling Head Sail
* Rigid Boom Vang: Garhauer
* Dodger - Connector - Bimini - Canvas ok - average condition, tubing (cage):good condition

* Regular Oil and Fluid changes.
* New Oberdorfer water pump">Raw Water Pump
* New Facet Electric Fuel Pump 2017
* Smart charger
* Fabricated Alternator Tensioning Bracket

* Autopilot: Raymarine New 2017
* Raymarine C80 Radar
* Radar Reflector
* VHF Radio with External RAM Mic
* 100 watt Solar Panels (3 total)
* New batteries in late 2016. *4 golf cart Trogan 6V house and 1 non serviceable battery for the engine.
* Raymarine Depth and Speed Gauge
* Tachometer, Oil Pressure, Volt Meter, Water Temperature Gauges (on instrument panel)
* Battery Charging Monitor (inside on Nav Station)
* Shore Power Battery Charger
* High Water Alarm

Misc. Top Side Gear
* Man Overboard Pole
* Life Preserver
* Life Sling
* Diesel Jerry Cans (2)
* Water Jerry Cans (4)
* Kettle BBQ + Propane Canisters/holder
* Garhauer Outboard Crane
* Outboard Mounting Bracket
* Cockpit cushions
* Fenders
* Boat hook
* Mooring lines
* Binoculars
* Scrub brushes
* Winch Handles
* Ritchie Compass
* Cockpit Table
* Shore Power Cord
* Fishing Rod Holder


* DC Fridge/Freezer - Good Condition
* 2 Burner Propane Stove and Oven: Good Condition
* Water*heater:**120v Electric / Engine*Heated
* Propane Cabin Heater: New 2017
* 12v DC Cabin Fans
* 2 DC to AC Inverters
* LED Cabin lights
* Two Dining Tables
* Cushions: Fabric - Average
* Bed mattress: Fabric Cushions with memory foam topper - Average
* Well stocked Galley (Pots, Pans, Dishes, Glasses, Cooking and Eating Utensils)
* Wind Scoop for Fwd Hatch
* Many Plastic Totes for Storage
* Oil Change Vacuum Pump
* Manuals for everything
* Misc. Tools
* Fishing Rod and Reel with Tackle and Dip Net
* All Required Safety Equipment
* ****The aft cabin was our “garage”. Here, the prior owner purchased stacking plastic Rubber Maid totes that he stocked with the spare essentials for the boat while cruising. Hard to put a price on this…but it was sure nice to have a spare fuel pump after we made the Gulf Stream crossing when it died 3 miles out. While this garage doesn’t have everything, it has a lot of the essentials.

Things we would consider before setting off had we come back for the second season…

* Requires bottom paint and zincs.
* Inspect Cutlass Bearing
* Replace lifelines (Dyneema or Stainless)
* Repairs to Dodger and Bimini for one more season
* Minor fabric repairs to Mack Pack system (worn areas)
* Have Indiantown mechanic inspect/service Universal 25XP prior to next cruise
* Consider purchasing Chart Plotter for next season or continue to use Navionics on Cell phone
* Repack Stuffing Box while on the hard

*** PRIOR TO LAUNCH - REPLACE RAW WATER INTAKE HOSE BEHIND THE RAW WATER SCREEN AND SPEEDO UP FWD (both were removed in case of large amounts of water getting inside the boat while on the hard) ***

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Old 16-08-2018, 19:44   #2
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Re: 1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

The price should read $30,000 Canadian dollars.

We were excited for our cruising sabbatical and were given a good deal buy the previous owner. Now as we return to "normal life" we'd like to sell Mariposa at a great price but not give her away. She's a good boat for the price. Great for the two of us and our 55 lb. shepherd.

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Old 17-08-2018, 09:13   #3
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Re: 1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

Great boat! AWESOME price!

Best of luck on your sale Phil, and I hope your chat with Joe was beneficial to you.

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Old 19-08-2018, 16:47   #4
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Re: 1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

I don't know why I can't EDIT my posts...

Edit #2.


*** Not for sale to US buyers while in the US waters ***
*** This is a Canadian registered boat ***

Thanks all. I'm just trying to do everything properly.
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Old 07-09-2018, 16:23   #5
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Re: 1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

Thanks for any inquiries we have had. Plans have now changed and we will NOT be selling Mariposa. We will return to cruise for one more year in the Bahamas then sail the boat back north to Canada to sell her there.

Again, thanks for your interest but this boat is no longer for sale.

I have looked at how I might be able to delete this but can't seem to find a way to do it.

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Old 07-09-2018, 18:29   #6
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Re: 1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

Mark it sold. To you! It will get archived.
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Old 08-09-2018, 14:03   #7
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Re: 1988 Catalina Tall Rig - Looking for a Canadian buyer

Thanks for the advice.

For the record, I will mark this boat as sold, but it has not. It will remain in our possession. (I have purposely made mention of this to avoid any potential trouble with customs).

Thanks for the advice.

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