Hi, I have been following this forum for a while and found it a great source of information in researching for our first yacht. In a nutshell I have spent my life in, on or under the water fishing, diving, kayaking, boating with some limited sailing etc and am at the point where I want to get a trailer sailer for family holidays, initially lakes, sheltered costal water etc. We are a family of four. I live in New Plymouth and that combined with several other factors has led me to a trailer sailer, keeler not an option at the moment.
I have been looking at the Catalina 7 and they look like a nice little boat to get into trailer sailing. I am trying to get as much info about them as I can. I guess the first question is that these boats are getting pretty long in the tooth now? I know they are usually pretty well built but for a boat from say the late 70's or early 80's, are they still a good boat and could continue on for many more years (provided they have been looked after)?. Any particular things I should look out for?
Also in relation to the Catalina's I have seen some with the "Stubb Keel", do they all have these or are there variations? Any advantages/disadvantages of different setups?
Thanks in advance for any advice.