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Catalina 34s Parts & Pieces For Sale or Wanted / Re: Canvas Winter Cover
« on: October 05, 2020, 12:01:21 PM »
Canvas 3-piece winter cover for C34 mkII.  Not used in several years.
Make me an offer.
Photos available.

I'm interested if you haven't sold it yet.

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 / Re: Repowering options for mark 1's
« on: September 09, 2020, 12:45:42 PM »
I believe that the M25XPB is the Kubota D1005 block. This is the same block that Beta uses for their Beta-28.

Main Message Board / Re: Might finally be joining you!
« on: September 08, 2020, 08:22:30 PM »
FYI, Dunn Wish’In is listed in the Owner Directory of, but the registered owner had no posts on that website.  Also, C34IA is infinitely more informative and helpful than

Thanks Randy!

Main Message Board / Re: Might finally be joining you!
« on: September 07, 2020, 04:28:37 PM »
The mold for the C34 burned sometime around 1994? and I assume that Catalina resumed their numbering from the MK I's built to the new MKII !?!


Wait. What???

Main Message Board / Re: Might finally be joining you!
« on: September 06, 2020, 11:00:45 AM »
Well, they accepted our offer with a closing on the 28th. Now to schedule the survey, fill out the paperwork, and write the check...

BTW - it looks like this is hull #1488. "Dun Wish'n". I don't see a lot of posts from any of the owners. Anyone know anything about this hull?

Main Message Board / Re: Might finally be joining you!
« on: September 04, 2020, 08:47:45 AM »
But don't let the excitement cloud your vision. Make sure to have it surveyed and checkout the "Critical upgrades" list on this site. Great reference for what's been done and what needs to be done.

Too late! People even said "Make sure you check out the critical upgrades" and I didn't. There's so much right with this boat that I let it cloud my judgement. It's in great condition inside and out. However there will be a survey and sea trial, so that will give me a chance to calm down and check it out. Still no response...

We saw another Mk.II, but it wasn't in as good condition and was initially priced higher. And that's about all there is where I am (unless I want to get something shipped)

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 / Re: C34 Take Two
« on: July 29, 2020, 08:45:26 AM »
The boats that we're looking at currently I think will work for us, especially since we have older teenagers. I can't imagine they'll want to go on cruises for much longer. It's odd, the 36 is only 1' longer and 0.5' wider than the 34, and its layout down below is worse for how we'd use it. We'd have to go to the C42 to get a real three cabin layout and that's just too big for us. Most of the older boats we're looking at come with upgrades, but also come with things that need to be done - so it seems like a bit of a wash.

The main salon table isn't generally a problem, it usually comes down how individuals like to use or modify them to personal taste. It's been my experience that you should buy as much boat as you can get even if you have to exceed your budget a bit, you'll be happier in the long run.

Another consideration would be how well the boat is equipped and upgraded. Some examples; dinghy+motor, generator, full set of boat covers, sails, etc. You'll pay a fraction of the price for these upgrades that come with the boat as opposed to buying them later.

Main Message Board / Re: C34 Take Two
« on: July 29, 2020, 08:30:32 AM »
Thanks Jim! We're docking in a slip and mostly day sailing in Long Island Sound currently. I'd like to do more cruising, which isn't really possible with the C28 we have now. We have a dinghy and had to upgrade it just to go up the river to get ice cream!

Where do you plan on docking and sailing?  I agree, the best way to get equipment is when it's included with the boat you are buying.  IMHO a dinghy would make cruising with teenagers a lot better, for them and you.

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 / Re: Hull number 1645
« on: June 24, 2019, 06:09:58 PM »
Thanks Stu!

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 / Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:23:54 PM »
Thanks Ron!

gri :   Needs:
         Large cockpit for entertaining while under sail (6 adults)  The C34 will hold 6 adults, but you'll find  that's about 2 toooo many - under sail!!
         Wing Keel (we want to stay in the same slip (5' draft, max)  The C34 wing draws about 4'6" when loaded
         Single handing possible  No problem - if you have an auto pilot and lazy jacks/in the mast furling
         Wheel steering so guests can "sail" Even "Guests" will need some amount of training
         Practical storage (cockpit and galley)  Great storage for the long weekend!!
         three sleeping areas  If mixed adults are using all three sleeping areas, I'll guarantee that after a long weekend you won't be talking to each other anymore - unless they are all guys!!
         Sitting area and bench (for the dog, of course!)  "I've found that older dogs don't like to have a boat heeling and their paw pads are hard so they lend to slip/slide

A few of my thoughts

Main Message Board / Re: Is the c34 right for us?
« on: April 13, 2018, 01:05:46 PM »
Which archived page? Did you mean for there to be a link?

You're welcome.

You may also be interested in this archived page, for a couple of reasons.

First, the top two topics are about looking for and why we chose our boats.

Second, the list itself shows the beginnings of what turned out to be this very website.  It started out with static pages, then we got the forum software and then we started the wiki.  We're very good at keeping track of good ideas and fixes.

Happy hunting, hope to see you back.

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