There’s a Catalina 30 for sale in Hawaii that I’ve had my eye on for a while as it was selling for $5K and appeared to be in decent shape, and would not cost a fortune or too much time to sort out.
The Catalina 30 is by its very nature an excellent contender for being a VolksCruiser poster boy. For starters, at thirty feet they’re in a sweet spot size wise and so many have been built that it is fairly easy to find one for a reasonable price. Even better, with a beam of almost eleven feet, it’s a big thirty-footer.
If you do a quick search on Catalina 30s for sale you’ll see a wide range from nearly free to around $30K and like any boats for sale they run the gamut from overpriced to incredible deals. With that in mind, I’ll put the average price for a boat in good condition somewhere around $15K which works out to $500 dollars a foot or $1.47 per pound. The Cat30 in Hawaii selling for $5K works out to roughly $167 a foot or $0.49 per pound.
A quick side note on the cost of building a boat for comparison is that $5 dollars a pound is considered to be about as cheap as you can manage but with current inflation somewhat doubtful. So a reasonable facsimile of a Catalina 30 would cost you at least $51K just for the materials.
It gets more interesting when I saw that the owner of the Hawaii Catalina 30 just lowered the asking price to $2.5K. which works out to $84.00 a foot or $0.25 a pound.