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The Catalina 30 Owner's Association notes, "The traditionally styled Catalina 30 remains extremely popular due to its exceptional volume above and below decks and for its stability under sail. She offers more space than a typical 34' boat", and she's easy and fun to sail as well. It's easy to see why the Catalina 30 is one of the best selling 30 foot boats ever built; she's still in production today, almost 30 years after her introduction.
Jack Hornor, a well-respected marine surveyor based in Annapolis, MD, notes, "By the end of 1997, more than 6,400 Catalina 30s had been built. This is an impressive number, but it becomes even more remarkable when looked at in perspective. Consider that you could combine the production of ten of the most popular 30' model sailboats built in the US over the last 25 years and still not approach the number of Catalina 30s built. Catalina literature boasts this is the most popular 30' boat worldwide, a claim that would be hard to dispute." (see full copy of Mr. Hornor's review by clicking FULL SPECS above).
Note fresh water cooled Yanmar 2GM diesel (many Catalina 30s from this period were gas powered), recently serviced and new exhaust elbow, boat was hauled and bottom painted December, 2021. New 110% jib on CDI roller fuller, main sail in good shape, self tailing primaries and most of the running rigging was recently replaced. LPG stove with oven, manual fresh water, newer cushions and carpet. New VHF, Raymarine depth and knot meter, AM/FM/CD stereo.
The bottom line is that it's hard to beat these popular boats, and this is a solid diesel-powered example that's competitively priced by motivated owners. Ready to go sailing, VERY competitively priced and lying in a transferable Sausalito slip, all in all a nice turn key package!
New listing, more photos up shortly. Vessel shown by appointment, please.
Nice V-berth forward, next aft port side is head with locker and storage opposite. Next aft to salon with U-shaped convertible dinette with folding table port side, straight settee starboard. Galley far aft port side, chart table opposite. Large quarter berth far aft starboard side. Up companionway to cockpit that it very spacious for a boat this size.
Note 6'3 headroom throughout, interior in nice shape with renewed upholstery.
Twin stainless steel sinks with manual pump fresh water, ice box, two burner LPG stove. Jabsco manual pump head.
110V AC /12V DC. Thirty amp shorepower service, two batteries in two banks with parallel switch, battery charger.
Depth sounder, knot meter, VHF radio, magnetic compass.
Aluminum single spreader mast with 1x19 stainless steel standing rigging and adjustable backstay, Dacron mainsail on aluminum boom with boomvang and mainsheet with traveller, 110% jib on roller furler, two Lewmar #40 winches, two Lewmar #10 winches.
Solid fiberglass hull with cored decks, external ballast and spade rudder. Stainless steel bow pulpit, stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines, stainless steel stern pulpit, stainless steel swim ladder, four mooring cleats.
Fresh water cooled Yanmar 17 hp two cyclinder diesel engine that was just serviced in January 2022.
Several weeks ago I was preparing a survey of a Catalina 30 for a client and found myself looking for other Catalina 30s for sale to help me establish an approximate value. I quickly found more than 75 for sale and was again reminded of the remarkable popularity of this cruiser/racer. Quite frankly, I found myself a little surprised that I hadn't included a review of the Catalina 30 earlier in this series. Better late than never and perhaps even more appropriate now because 1998 celebrates the 25th year of production of the Catalina 30.
Introduced in 1974, as the big brother to and natural step-up from Catalina's popular 27 footer, the original design remained nearly unchanged for 20 years. Dimensions have remained the same at LOA 29' 11", beam 10' 10", displacement of 10,200 lbs. and standard draft 5' 3". From 1977, shoal draft was offered as an option first with a fin keel drawing 4' 4", which was replaced with a winged keel design drawing 3' 10" in 1988. The displacement and ballast of shoal draft boats are 100 lbs. greater than the standard draft versions to compensate for the higher center of gravity of the ballast.
By the end of 1997 more than 6,400 Catalina 30s had been built. This is an impressive number, but it becomes even more remarkable when looked at in perspective. Consider that you could combine the production of ten of the most popular 30' model sailboats built in the US over the last 25 years and still not approach the number of Catalina 30s built. Catalina literature boasts this is the most popular 30' boat worldwide, a claim that would be hard to argue.
Catalina utilizes a standard lay-up of various types of fiberglass cloth and plastic resin in the construction of the hull. Deck construction includes either balsa wood or plywood sandwiched between fiberglass laminates. The deck is fitted over the hull in a shoe box fashion with a sealant in between. An aluminum rub rail and stainless steel self-tapping screws on about 3" centers secure the deck and hull together. The keel is external lead fastened with stainless steel bolts. The rig is a simple deck-stepped masthead sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.
The engine of the Catalina 30 is located midship beneath the dinette seat. This is, in fact, the best location for an engine in terms of weight distribution; however, it complicates the installation of the engine exhaust, leaves the machinery more vulnerable to bilge water and makes sound insulation more difficult. Except for sound insulation, these drawbacks can be overcome with careful maintenance.
The accommodation plan of the Catalina 30 has been so popular that even though it is one of the easiest modifications for a builder to accomplish, the layout has remained unchanged for 25 years. The companionway opening is exceptionally wide, which, when open, makes the cabin appear even bigger than it is. A cockpit dodger or awning is a must with this design for adequate ventilation of the cabin in inclement weather.
A combination of wide beam, good ballast/displacement ratio of .42, and relatively low sail area/displacement ratio of 15.1 makes the Catalina 30 a very stiff boat under sail. This is a feature many sailors find comforting. Other than developing considerable weather helm as she heels, the Catalina 30 doesn't have any particularly disturbing characteristics under sail. She is likely a bit slower than some of her contemporaries, such as the Pearson 30 or Ericson 30. If you're planning on racing, you may want to consider the optional tall rig which increases the sail area by 60 sq. ft. and the SA/D to 17.1. This should result in a much more lively and competitive boat.
There are a number of construction and design features of the Catalina 30 that, in my mind, restrict recommended usage to coastal areas and bays, but then this is true of many production boats in this class. On the other hand, Catalina founder and president Frank Butler has been quoted as saying that the company goal is to provide its customer with "as much boat for the money as we can." Size-for-size and feature-for-feature the Catalina 30 is tough to beat. Selection is plentiful, and prices range from the mid-teens to the mid-seventies.