A friend dropped me a line asking why I might be considering a Catalina 30 and pointed out that the Catalina would be smaller and slower than our CAL 34. He pointed out that we’d miss those four feet.
Well, not exactly. Here are the important numbers…
Displacement 9500 pounds
Sail area 503 sq ft
Displacement 10,200 pounds
Sail area 437 sq ft
If anything the Catalina will be a bit roomier and carry more weight/stuff. The downside of the Catalina is that with a foot less waterline length the hull speed is a kiss slower than the CAL at 6.7 knots compared to 6.83. Throw in the larger sail plan of the CAL and you can add an extra knot or so when the boat surfs.
That said, I’m not racing these days and the reality is that we all mostly cruise at five knots.
On the other hand, being Mr. Cheapseats that extra three feet in the CAL is not happy making when it comes to hauling out or berthing in a marina when needful.
The bottom line is that they’re both good boats and will get you where you want to go.