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Author Topic: How does a 16' Dorsett Catalina perform? Good Delta/SF Bay boat?  (Read 4601 times)
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JimDaddy
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« on: February 20, 2009, 07:26:13 PM »

Just looking to get some feedback on one of these gems. Anything unique to these boats that I should be aware of (other than the usual)? There is one for sale on CR in Vallejo.

I'm planning on hauling the Lido to the March 8 run. Looking forward to it.

Jim
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2009, 10:23:55 AM »

A 16'  with I/O?

A flatbottom barrelback with a half ton of Iron, Aluminum, Gas, and lead in the butt end?

First off I would be very hesitant to venture into the Bay (especially SF bay) in a 16' boat on most any day, except those few that are flat and calm.

Add to that an antique of questionable integrity, and you are asking for problems.

Just an FYI, that is classified as one of the most dangerous waterways in the world.

The California delta can be a marvelous place to boat. On nice calm weekdays.

Out there on windy weekends though , you might find a flatbottom a bit hard of a ride.

But what do I know? I don't own one, nor have I ever even ridden in one.

They look cool though.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2009, 12:45:59 PM »

hate to change the subject but what kine of Lido do you have?.
Haven't been out on the bay sense I was a kid.
Mike
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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2009, 04:29:57 PM »

I think you saw my Lido up at Whiskeytown last summer. It is a 1960; non-club version

I never been out on the Bay on anything but a J24, Olson 30, Yankee 30, Pearson Triton, and a Scampi 30. It is gnarly enough racing sail boats out there. I'm leaning now towards a older Skipjack 20. 

Check this monster out: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/boa/1044585536.html

I'm going to meet this guy at 5pm to have a look. It's right up the road from me.
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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2009, 06:40:36 PM »

I've been in the bay on a 16ft larson all american. I took waves onto my head.  A catalina isn't much bigger or solider.  In the dorsett familly of boats I would go for the San Juan. Now that boat is definately constructed more solid then the catalina.  I think even better than the farallon model.  I've seen a few of them arround, they are stout with lots of room in the cabin.
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