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Rem1027
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Joined: October 17 2004
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Posted: September 25 2007 at 19:34 | IP Logged Quote Rem1027

Hey ALL,

I am in the buying a 1988 381 Catalina.  Twin Crusaders 7.4l, velvet drives with less than 400 hrs. The boat is clean inside and out.  I will be having a survey done before I finalize the Deal but If anyone has info or knows of any issues common to this boat I'm all ears. This boat has the best layout I've seen, very livable, and no fly bridge.  Thanks
rem1027


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Banjoman
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Posted: September 25 2007 at 22:47 | IP Logged Quote Banjoman

Rem - I owned a 1985 381 for five years and had an absolute love affair with the boat that transcends the 500 Connie I now own.  Like most mid-80's CC's she a wet boat in a quartering sea and a handful in a following sea.  BUT....she'll handle a lot of rough water.  Make sure your surveyor meters and sounds the decks well.  YOU should attend the survey and ask questions but be mindful of the surveyors need to concentrate on the task at hand.  I recommend taking a pad and pen and write down your questions and pose them at an opportune time.  These boats vary in blistering but were not prone to them.  I had about five in the first two years.  I ground them out, filled them with West System and they never came back.  Other than routine maintenance and fair wear and tear replacement of items, these are wonderful 38' motoryachts with the space of a 41 footer.

 



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Rem1027
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Posted: October 02 2007 at 16:18 | IP Logged Quote Rem1027

Thanks for the info Banjoman.  I have already started a note book of questions.  Everything is on hold until spring, The owners live on the boat until the end of October.  The deal is if I let them keep the boat the rest of this season they will winterize and store and I wont actually purchase the boat until April.  I talked to a surveyor about when to look at the boat, he suggester i wait until spring.  It' going to be a long long winter.  Thanks again,

Rem
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