*** July 15 update ***
She's in the water and we will continue to sail her until some lucky person buys her from us!
Don't think of this as a boat. Think of this as access to the greatest freshwater resource on the planet.
For $3250 you're buying your way into the peaceful tranquility that only sailing a keelboat can bring- and because she's got a tiller-to-wheel conversion that opens up the cockpit, you can bring several adults on the journey. Think of it as $3250 spent helping you escape the rat-race, with a sweet boat for free.
If you've never seen a Catalina 25, she's got a lot of features you'll love. The back of the cabin has a pop-top to give you more headroom as well as help airflow if you're staying the weekend. The interior layout offers more living and sleeping space than most hulls in this class (two 6'1" dudes stayed on it overnight in late October with no issues). It's got a sweet, vintage microwave. Most importantly, Catalina is STILL making parts for her.
If you google Catalina sailboats you'll see some common problems. She's had many of them addressed- the bulkhead has been repaired by sistering over some large marine plywood plants, and many of the thru-hulls have been pulled and plugged.
We bought this boat the end of last summer and sailed her a bunch. My wife absolutely hated the idea of having our 18 month old on a sailboat... until we went sailing. (we aren't exactly expert sailors... this thing is easy to sail, though).
I don't want to sell her. But if my wife loved a 25 foot boat she'll love a 30 foot boat even more, right? (Note: Please don't tell my wife there's a bigger boat in the picture. I'm not allowed to own two boats so she's not learning about the new one until you buy this one).
Boat is on the hard at Waukegan harbor (in shrink wrap, because only animals wrap boats in tarps).