I'll add my vote for any model used Catalina
as a starter boat
. Almost all models have an International Association. There is the Mainsheet magazine specific to Catalina's and parts
are readily available from a company called Catalina
I chose a Catalina 25 as a first boat
. Big enough to spend weekends on and can be trailered with the right vehicle. Tender
enough to tell you when you're doing something wrong and easy to see sail trim changes that make a difference.
Used ones run from around $1500.00 up to about $10,000.00. The 1989 model is considered the cream of the crop. A top notch 1989 C25 with a wing keel
will run at the top of the price
range and a good condition trailer
will add a few thousand more.
The C25 Association forum, Association Forum
is a wealth of information.