Catalina Owners: past, present, and future


Catalina Owners: past, present, and future

A place for those who love their Catalinas and want to share their wisdom or gather some.

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Comment by John Storring on January 3, 2012 at 8:13am

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.

Comment by Jim Malone on November 27, 2011 at 3:37pm

SEAS National (NYC-NJ Area)meeting is being held by the Monmouth Chapter on Sunday February 12, 2012 @ Monmouth Beach

Comment by Donna on December 17, 2010 at 1:49pm

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.

Comment by Jim Malone on September 2, 2010 at 1:05pm
I belong to SEAS Bergen. We sail a 27 foot catalina named Zephyr out of Haverstraw marina.
Comment by Fat Cat Anna ~~~ \\^^// ~~~ on July 15, 2010 at 11:04pm
Hi everyone - I owned a 1985 Catalina 25 (# 4924) for the past 5 years - but found a 1984 Catalina 30 (# 3651) back in March in Marblehead, MA. For awhile we were 2 boat owners - but the 25 just went off to new port today (posted a little video/blog on My Page). Am hoping to enjoy the 30, used to the 25 with the smaller jib which I found so easy to tack with but I know I will adjust with time to the one on the 30 :)

Fat Cat Anna ~~~ \\^^// ~~~
Comment by Tim Plouffe on February 6, 2010 at 5:35pm
Hi everyone. Lookin for any sailing groups up here in naragansett bay ri
Comment by Barry on January 10, 2010 at 11:25am
Franks still around handleing all matters to deal with warrenty on all boats, I saw him at the 08 boat show, he gets around pretty good.
Congrats on your boat Bill, I was going to by a a 36, but got her big sister the 42 instead, 36 is a fin boat. Enjoy.
Comment by William M. Link on January 9, 2010 at 9:59am
Lola, You are correct, Frank Butler of Catalina bought Morgan about ten years ago and I just read that Charlie Morgan died recently, anyone know the status of Frank Butler. Bill
Comment by William M. Link on January 9, 2010 at 9:51am
Well, I worked my way up from a Catalina 25, Catalina 30, Gulfstar 50, Endeavour 40, Fountaine Pajot Casamance 45 and October '09 sold my 40' Catamaran. Camanguista. I knew it would be almost impossible to stay boatless so I just signed a contract on an 1983 Catalina 36. It is docked in Galesville, Md. at the moment. See you on the water. Bill
Comment by LOLA on December 30, 2009 at 8:31am
I posted a video..PAT ON HIS CATALINA 32

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