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Main Message Board / Smiles and bedding compounds
« on: September 22, 2020, 01:08:28 PM »
Hmm... after reading all I could on this site about the C34 “smiles”, I finally went to the source and asked Gerry Douglas. He was very nice, but didn’t recommend bedding with anything flexible - including 5200. I was surprised by this answer. He said that it was originally bedded with polyester resin, but that vinylester would be ok too.

Anyway, It looks like the boat we’re looking at has the smile fore and aft. It doesn’t sound like this is a problem, but something that will have to be addressed eventually.

Main Message Board / Might finally be joining you!
« on: September 04, 2020, 06:48:18 AM »
Just made an offer on a 2000 C34 MkII. So nervous and so excited. Can't wait to hear back from the seller. This wait is agonizing!

Main Message Board / C34 Take Two
« on: July 28, 2020, 08:02:39 PM »
Looking at moving up from a C28 to a C34. Seems to check all the right boxes and improves all the things that are no longer a fit for us in the 28. Two adults and two teenagers means that we need three real berths - assuming we can get the cabin table up and down (I've heard they can be a problem sometimes). Looking forward to the much better upwind performance (even if we get the WK).

We started looking at the 34 a couple of years ago, but now has the CFO approval, so it might actually happen. We're looking at MK 1.5s, since the Mk2's are just barely out of our price range. Though there's a couple MK2 1997's in NJ for ~60k. If we could get those to negotiate down a bit, we might be able to get into a Mk. 2.

Can't believe how much information is here and it's made it a lot easier to understand the strengths of the C34 and how to do just about everything to the boat. It feels like you can't get much more of a boat in a Catalina without going up to the 40.

Main Message Board / Hull number 1645
« on: June 24, 2019, 07:35:39 AM »
Still considering buying a C34 Mk II.

Does anyone know anything about this hull? I can't seem to find any mention of it here, or anywhere else on the internet. Hailing port is Bay Shore NY.

It's for sail, and I'm thinking about going to take a look at it. 2003 Catalina 34 MKII, std rig, wing keel. Haven't seen it in person yet, but I've seen other 34's from this seller and they price them to condition, so I'm guessing it's a good one.

Main Message Board / Is the c34 right for us?
« on: April 13, 2018, 07:34:29 AM »
We are looking at wing keel Catalinas that can fit four adults and we're looking at the c34 as one of the options. We're upgrading from the "larger on the inside than the outside" c28. Are we barking up the wrong tree?

  • Large cockpit for entertaining while under sail (6 adults)
  • Wing Keel (we want to stay in the same slip (5' draft, max)
  • Single handing possible
  • Wheel steering so guests can "sail"
  • Practical storage (cockpit and galley)
  • three sleeping areas
  • Sitting area and bench (for the dog, of course!)

I realize asking this of c34 owners is a little biased, but there is a distinct lack of decent boats in my area right now. The choice is to wait until one becomes available or look at something else.

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