Originally Posted by Fkuras
Well the sailor.... Haha I haven't actually started sailing yet, I will be taking some classes
and going from there. As far as the condition of the boat, there was a survey
done a few months ago and everything passed with no issues. I wasn't looking for a definite answer to the problem, knowing that of course that every variable in the equation will change the outcome. I was looking for just a general answer, so let's go with a average condition boat (no issues) and your average sailor (basic sailor courses and knowledge)
I hate to critique other people's babies but have sailed a bit on the 27 so take this as only one man's opinion.
I looked at your photos in the library. You should be happy and proud that you have a boat - you are ahead of most people here already!
What I like about the Catalina is that it is a pretty simple boat and is easy to sail. It won't cost you a bomb to maintain it and you will have lot's of fun with it.
What I (personally) don't like about the Catalina -
- The side decks are very narrow and the shrouds attach in the middle of the sidedeck - this makes going forward a PITA in calm water
and can be dangerous in lumpy seas. This is my number one complaint of the Catalina
- The rig is "adequate" - I personally would like to see every shroud
and stay at least one size bigger. This would give a margin against wear out/corrosion on older rigs.
- I haven't considered tankage of both fuel
as my trips have been limited to daysails off the SoCal coast.
Here is my memory of my last 27 sail...
was probably 15g20 with occasional 25kts - With small "charter sails" I doubt we could have gotten the boat in any kind of trouble. The jib
was like an 80% hanky and the main was trashed and baggy. Sailing out of Marina Del Rey we had predominantly on-shore winds.
We port reached up towards Santa Monica and Malibu and the boat was fine in beam seas. Reaching Pacific Palisades we tacked and beat to the west. She pointed OK even with garbage sails
and close hauled she was firm. There is always on-shore swell here but the periods were wide and we didn't experience any pounding.
Once we had sea room we farted around for a while and ended up well offshore
off Manhattan or Redondo Beach. This set us up for a long training
run right at the southern entrance to MDR.
There were several boats coming back from Catalina (it looked like a freeway actually) and while I would like to say we held our own, we basically got our buts kicked on downwind speed.
I put it down to crap sails
, not my crap sailing - LOL...
As far as you skills - Get lessons. Start small - Don't go out if winds are predicted to be over 15kts. Learn how to reef. There is absolutely no shame in reefing. Once the wind
reaches 12-15 knots you will have full power available for the boat, anything in excess causes heeling but no faster motion (for the most part). If the boat is going 5kts, be happy, don't press.
Stay in the local waters for at least 6 months. After that consider an inter-island trip. My 26 footer is a great 2 day boat. It is a marginally survivable 3-5 day boat.
My guess is that you won't take this boat to Asia
. You will figure out why as you get more experience.
BTW - I paid $10k for my boat more than 5 years ago. If the boat sank now I would have had my money's worth from it. You will too.