A couple of Catalina 30 questions

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  1. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    20,461 posts, 894 likes
    Catalina 34
    224 CA Maple Bay, BC, Canada
    Not a specific year but rather when they introduced the Mark II ersions of each size of the boats. The C36 might have been a year ahead of the C34, where the C30 fit in I don't know. Generally early to mid 90s. On the C34 they removed the cowl vents and made the overhead a tad lower, for example.
     


  2. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    710 posts, 185 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    The change from MkI to MkII was made in 1987. You can get the exact hull number from the C30 web site along with a lot of other info.
     


  3. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    710 posts, 185 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    According to the C30 association the Mk II began production at hull #5025 and Mk III began at 5820
     


  4. Augeric

    Augeric

    Joined Nov 3, 2017
    2 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 30
    CA Berthier
    Now I can go hunting for the right one! Thanks a lot. I'll get back once I pin down the winner :)
     


  5. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    20,461 posts, 894 likes
    Catalina 34
    224 CA Maple Bay, BC, Canada
    Clarification: definition of Mark II for the C34 and C36 was the change to the open transom with the wider cockpits, and no deck color choices other than gray. No Mark IIIs were ever produced for these two boats.

    The C30 may have made more "Mark -steps" so I'm guessing for the 30s that would be between the IIs and IIIs rather than the Is and IIs.
     


  6. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    710 posts, 185 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    I have a Mk II and am 5'-11". I do not have problems moving around down below except for at the mast beam at the bulkhead that separates the saloon from the head. There is also an acorn nut that attaches to one of the bolts that holds the traveler to the deck that used to cause lots of pain on occasion. I eliminated that problem by recessing it into the liner so that the headliner is now flush.
     


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  7. jeepbluetj

    jeepbluetj

    Joined Jan 18, 2016
    482 posts, 148 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Dana Point
    You are correct - the C-30 MkIII is where the open transom came in.
     


  8. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    2,268 posts, 497 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    During my search for a C30 I talked to a broker in CT who had been a Catalina dealer. We talked about a couple of C30s he was brokering and he asked how tall I was. When I asked why he said the headroom was reduced a few inches when they went to the flat floor in the MkIIs.
    As to a MkII or MkIII, mine was advertised as a MkII. Then @jssailem noted that according to sailboat data.com my boat was probably a MkIII. While on a call to Catalina Yacht about a part I asked them what separated the II and III. The guy on the phone said changes would be implemented one by one over the course of production and when enough had been made they changed the model designation. He said he uses sailboatdata.com which lists model start by hull number. According that I have a MkIII.
    I like Hayden's idea of recessing those two bolts. I know I'll stand tall one of these days and hit one.
     


  9. Hayden Watson

    Hayden Watson

    Joined Apr 5, 2009
    710 posts, 185 likes
    Catalina '88 C30 tr/bs
    US Oak Harbor, WA
    If you do it right it will drop you to your knees! :confused: I found out that I was able to recess it when I went through the process of drying out my deck.
    https://forums.sailboatowners.com/index.php?threads/wet-core-repair-without-major-surgery.187846/ When I removed the traveler I found that the one through bolt is just pulling against the fiberglass head liner and that there is about ½” of air-space between the head liner and the actual composite deck. I ended up cutting a 1”ø hole through the head liner and used a fender washer, and two flat washers with a nyloc nut to the underside of the deck. I then covered the 1”ø hole with a chrome hole plug. The end result looks very Skookum and now I do not worry about adding and extra hole in my head.
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  10. lostintime

    lostintime

    Joined Aug 4, 2015
    33 posts, 7 likes
    Catalina 30
    US Gibralter Boat Yard
    I'll jump in on this for the simple fact that I have a O'day 25 and just bought a 1977 Cal 30.
    My wife is MUCH happier on the boat. Way more stable in the water. We were out yesterday in 15 knot winds with whitecaps (Lake Erie MI). We were making 6.5 knots and she fell asleep in the cockpit. Need I say more?

    P.S. Anybody need a beautiful, well equipped O'day 25?
     


  11. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,900 posts, 556 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Ward take her out on an Oyster and then you'll find out what she really likes. We did that a few years before we bought our first boat and she still remembers 15 years ago and what color settee she saw on that boat. We have been on two other Oysters since then and she always comments on the first one she ever saw. [We didn't buy an Oyster, but we bought a lot bigger than I ever thought we would and my wife hasn't ever said we should have gone smaller.]
     


  12. Gene S

    Gene S

    Joined Nov 29, 2015
    175 posts, 40 likes
    Delphia 37
    US Tacoma
    When the wife says "You're gonna need a bigger boat" run with it.
     


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  13. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,168 posts, 388 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Great feedback from 2 O'Day 25 owners for sure! I have the same wife issues with the 25 too, the 25 is fun for my daughter and I for sure and I really enjoyed it on the light wind days we always get here. My biggest issue is do I upgrade to another lake boat or keep the old 25 and rent a larger boat on vacations.
     


  14. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    2,268 posts, 497 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    @John Tubb Do both. Upgrade to a boat your wife is comfortable with and rent a bigger boat while on vacation.
     


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  15. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,168 posts, 388 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    @Ward H I am keeping my eyes open for the right one. Really need to find one here in the right condition as shipping it kills the deal.
     


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  16. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
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    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Look in Florida then sail her home. You get an adventure and you get to explore your new boat. You do not need to go the whole distance all at once. Coastal jumps in manageable 5-6 hour trips. If time is an issue, look at stopping after a coupe of days, park the boat for a week or so, then go back and sail another couple of days. Many ways to avoid the shipping costs and make memories.
     


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  17. JRT

    JRT

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,168 posts, 388 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    True and that is an option we are considering too.
     


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