We've been sailing our Catalina 25 for the past 5 years - longest trip has been a 3 week sail into Lake Ontario from Cornwall, Ontario last September. We managed to take advantage of some good winds due to the hurricanes and tropical storms that eventually end up North - it made for some interesting sailing experiences on Lake Ontario.
We've now decided - it's time to let someone else take over the Fat Cat - and take the next step towards a bigger boat - maybe blue water friendly - we're not sure. We've got a few weeks off - and are taking a gander at a few boats along Lake Champlain that are up for sail. One of them has got us interested - as it's much like our Catalina 25 - but has more headroom - and is 5 feet longer. It's a Pearson 303! Crossing our fingers that the survey comes out good.UPDATE
: The Fat Cat departed to a new port of call today. On July 1st, Canada Day - a young couple from Toronto came by to see a few boats at our yacht club. Ours was one of the two boats they were interested of all the boats they'd looked at at various yacht clubs. Within a few days - they put in an offer - boat was inspected a week later. You can check out the Fat Cat leaving our club (myself and another lady sailor helped the driver with preparing the Fat Cat for it's adventure westward hoe) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWVcDttrhf0
The Fat Cat has a history - and you can read about it here
- from a blog I posted a few years ago at Diabetes1.org - where I work as a Diabetic Mentor.