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New owner of Cat 30 "Fandango" Mk.11, TRBS, #4348. Sail from our farm on east end of Lake Ontario, near Picton, ON. So far I am very impressed with my Catalina and expect to do more sailing in 2012. Will update my profile with pics.
SEAS National (NYC-NJ Area)meeting is being held by the Monmouth Chapter on Sunday February 12, 2012 @ Monmouth Beach www.sailseas.com
I know I'm probably talking to the converted on this forum, but I'm sitting here in 20 degree weather dreaming about sailing and 90 degree weather and I just have to say how happy we have been with our Catalina. I even picked out our next Catalina at the Annapolis sail show!
Last summer was our first full season with the boat (1980 C30) and despite having the exhaust manifold blow (due to corrosion) and unable to get out of the marina for two months, we love it!
I also want to put in a plug for the Chesapeake Catalina Yacht Club and all of the Catalina sailing clubs around the country. Joining our local club was the perfect way to find out what might and will go wrong with the boat, ask how others fixed stuff, find out about other Catalina models and talk to members who sailed their Catalinas outside of the US. No matter what the event, we came home with more information to make us safer and more confident sailors. The club is all about sailing and the many trips planned around the Bay was the perfect opportunity for new owners like us to get our sails up with a feeling of security. The group travels as fast as the slowest boat in order to provide assistance if needed.
During the Annapolis sail show we hosted a meet and greet with Frank Butler and others from the Catalina company. We attended the first workshop that Gerry Douglas gave at the show and had the opportunity to ask technical questions about the boat.
We experienced our first rough sail leaving Baltimore to get back to our marina in Rock Hall. Later, the most consistent piece of advice I heard from members who started out with the 30 was "trust your boat!" There had been a small craft advisory and it took six hours to cross the bay in that mess. That evening we were sitting in Harbor Shack having dinner, a couple of beers and watching the football game.
For coastal and inland cruising we're perfectly happy with this boat. I'm about to fire up the wood stove, review the inventory of paper charts, update my electronic charts and start planning our 2011 trips.
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