|Posted: January 23 2010 at 19:56 | IP Logged
Hello! We bought our '79 hardtop 280 in 10/08 and have been searching for a 280 forum ever since. Saw the letter in this month's Boat/US magazine re: 280s and the mags reply. Finally! I see I'm going to have to skim through 53 pages of posts to see what fits our problem child. We live in a suburb of San Francisco but keep the boat in the Sacramento Delta, 100 miles away. All the boats in the marina are in sheds, so weather is not a problem.
We were sailors on SF bay for 25 years in three different boats. I wanted a challenge in our next boat so opted for a power boat. And it's sure been a challenge, mechanically, operationally and financially! And I thought sailboats were costly to own!!
A little tip about value: 280s in CA were selling in the 20s up until the market crash. There was a very nice '79 281 that recently sold in our harbor for $3,500!
Am looking forward to participating in the forum.
1979 Catalina 280 hardtop