Today we purchased a 1986 Catalina 25, after finding it on craigslist. She is in need of a lot of TLC, but we had fallen in love with her. We learned that she is a rarity, having a factory installed wheel in the cock pit, very unusual.
We met up with the owner at his marina in Deale, where we found out that since he was moving, he was unable to take the boat with him, and he only had two options. Sell it quick or pay to have it disposed of. In this case, we all got lucky. It felt like we were at a high kill shelter saving a poor soul in need of rescue.
She needs work, but you can tell that she has been loved. In great condition for a boat of her age, she does show scars of past mistakes. Running into the dock and such, mostly cosmetic damage.
Her name will be changing from The Dancing Crab
. Now I know what you are going to say, it is bad luck to change the name of a boat. But we have done some research and found out how to update Poseidon's register
. We have had 2 boats before, a Catalina 18 and 22. First was named Moonbeam, second Moonstruck, so it is only logical to stick with the theme.
She has been sitting on the hard for roughly a year and a half and it shows. She will require some cleaning to get that shine back on the hull and deck.
The interior has a musk to it, air is pretty thick, maybe due to it not having been opened for quite sometime or that there is another issue. Seats look warn, but ok. The wood finish on the interior still looks pretty good, the owner had spent some time refinishing some of the drawers and cabinets. Blemishes on the fiberglass are abound, but it can easily be wiped down. The tables laminate is falling off and in need of replacement.
Tomorrow we will come back to clean her up a little, a lot of work ahead of us!