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1984 30 (ft.) Catalina 30

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General Information

Listing# 130408

Chicago, IL, United States
Boat Type
Model Year
30 (ft.)
Hull Material

General Details

Great freshwater Catalina!

Since 1974 the principal dimension have remained the same at LOA 29' 11", beam 10' 10", displacement or 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 with.

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. There are fiberglass pans and liners and random full and partial plywood bulkheads for structural support. The deck and hull are joined with the deck fitted over the hull in a shoebox fashion, with a sealant in between. An aluminum rub rail and stainless steel self-tapping screws on about 3" centers secures 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 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 the first 25 years. The V-berth cabin forward is followed by a port side head and shower and starboard side-hanging locker. Further aft the main saloon has an L-shaped dinette to port and settee to starboard followed by a good sized galley to port and navigation station to starboard. There is a starboard side quarter berth which is plenty wide for two people but half is under the cockpit with only about 14" of room overhead and useless for an adult. 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 results in the Catalina 30 being 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.

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.

This listing has now been on the market a couple months. Please submit any and all offers today!

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Stock #35718


Boat is in very nice condition!