1978 Catalina 30

US$ 14,000
Bayfield, WI
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Engine/Fuel Type:
Single / diesel
Located In:
Bayfield, WI
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Current Price:
US$ 14,000 

The Catalina 30 has enjoyed an impressive run of over 7,000 hulls in 25 years. The boat is big both below decks and above. 6’3” headroom and 6+ foot berths make this a comfortable boat offering berths for up to 7 including a nice large quarter berth open to the main salon. She has a U-shaped galley with double sink, 2 burner stove and top-loading ice box. A chart table is opposite. The head is completely enclosed for privacy from all sleepers. Engine access is tremendous for checking/changing oil, or winterizing. The large mast is deck stepped with compressions loads taken by a teak post. The construction is of hand laid matt/cloth & roving laminates. She was designed to be a big and comfortable coastal cruiser. She is very stable under sail with a good dose of performance factored in, although she is not considered a racing boat at all.

This has to be one of the biggest 30-footers with the most roomy interior of any boat like it and it is, without doubt, one of the hottest selling 30-foot cruising sailboats ever with more than 7,000 sold. Introduced in 1974 as a step up from the 27-footer, this design remained unchanged for 20 years until the Mark II in 1986 (T-shaped cockpit) and Mark III which had a more Euro look (walk thru transom).  She’s a combination of wide beam, good ballast/displacement ratio of .42 and relatively low sail area/displacement ratio of 15.1 makes the Catalina 30 a very stiff boat under sail. Frank Butler, Catalina’s founder, says his goal is to provide as much boat for the money as he can.  Size for size and feature for feature the Catalina 30 is tough to beat. 

10HP Yanmar Diesel Inboard

Mainsail w/cover

Storm Jib

Roller Furling Genoa

Harken Furling Unit

6 Winches w/handle


Binnacle Compass

Knot Log


VHF Marine Radio

Wheel Steering

Bow & Stern Rail w/Double Lifelines

SS Transom Mounted Swim Ladder


30A Shore Power w/50’ cord

Dual Battery 12v Electrical System

Galley w/LPG 2-Burner Stove

Top Loading Ice Box                                                                                         Brochure Photo – “Aquarius” has wheel steering

Pressure Fresh Water System w/6 Gallon Water Heater

Marine Head w/ Holding Tank

Anchor w/rode & chain

Deck Anchor Locker

Auto/Electric Bilge Pump

Manual Bilge Pump

4 Life Jackets

Fire Extinguisher

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Please contact Bill Hooper at 651-436-8795 or 651-436-8795

Please contact Bill Hooper at 651-436-8795

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