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NCBrew
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Initially Posted - 06/14/2020 :  09:34:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I used to own the Catalina 25 "Black Pearl". I sold that.

I am getting ready to buy a Catalina 250. (not water ballast)

It has a winged keel.

Is there anything I should look out for.

It is a 1998 and appears in gook shape.

What do you think it is worth, it has a 8 HP 2 stroke.

I am trying not to put too much more money in the boat other than AUTO PILOT, and a good fish finder/GPS to integrate the GPS to the auto pilot.

Any help would be appreciated.

Patrick Ponsonby

1998 Catalina 250K WK
Ravaging
Albemarle Sound,NC

I spent most of my money on boats and beer, the rest I just wasted.



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Buzz Maring
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Response Posted - 06/14/2020 :  10:50:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Patrick,

I'm not sure when Catalina quit making them, but they used to make a C250 wing keel that had a tall rig. As I recall, the tall rig was VERY tender ... 'just a thought.

Good luck with your purchase!

Buzz Maring

~~Freya~~
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Bobbyb
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Response Posted - 06/14/2020 :  18:35:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Donít fool your self into thinking a boat doesnít need a lot of money.....rule # 1
The Catalina 250 is a great boat......depending on what you are doing with it.
What is it worth.....the question is what is it worth to you.
A 1998 boat should get new standing rigging,new sails, new running rigging,up grading electrical,(usb plugs,solar,battery charger,fans,tv etc.) new water lines new water tank,cockpit cushions.............plan on spending some money and you will have an awesome boat with very few problems.
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WK 727
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  07:18:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Patrick, a few things come to mind when purchasing the C250 WK.
The factory trailer with the telescoping extension for raising the mast.
Stern pulpit seats ($2,100 at Catalina Direct to add later).
The pop up canvas covering is not available and difficult to locate.
Which factory rudder is on the boat?

These are a few of the Catalina specific options that are difficult to add later.

Best of luck in your search.

Regards, John
04 Catalina 250 WK
Standard rig w/wheel steering
Yanmar 9hp diesel
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HappyNow
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  07:51:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is a NADA guide for boat prices, same as for cars. Not sure how accurate it is, but gives some ballpark of the price, with various options. I think if the standing rigging is ok, everything else can be worked on over time. I bought my 1998 a five years ago with trailer, and standing rigging is fine but itís a freshwater boat. Make sure you go over the trailer. I assumed mine was fine, but the next year discovered the brake lines were rusted, and had to have the coupler and brake lines replaced, quite expensive. Iíve replaced a lot of the running rigging over time, more for esthetics than necessity, some LEDs, etc. but I think Catalina holds up very well if the previous owner put some effort into it. If it wasnít well maintained, keep looking or get a huge discount.

Michael Levin
Sailin' on Sunshine
C250 #402 WK
Lake Tahoe
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NCBrew
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  07:53:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for all the replies.

He wanted $11,900 but I offered $7,500. He said he could live with that.

NCBrew


1998 Catalina 250K WK
Ravaging
Albemarle Sound,NC

I spent most of my money on boats and beer, the rest I just wasted.


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NCBrew
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  08:01:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It has rear Pulpit seats.

No trailer. I will keep it in a slip. Because I cannot get into my canal where the water is about 2 1/2 feet. Winged keel is about 3 1/2 ft (I think)

Boat looks very clean.

It does have the pop-up canvas cover which the owner never put on.

I will need a bimini. Where is the best place to order a bimini. (I want a good one..
it looks like I will sail from the rear pulpit seats.

NADA says $11,900.

1998 Catalina 250K WK
Ravaging
Albemarle Sound,NC

I spent most of my money on boats and beer, the rest I just wasted.


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HappyNow
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  08:16:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are some forum discussions on Biminis. Put BIMINI in the search engine in the upper right of this page and thereís a couple of good discussions in regards to materials and location because of the location of the mid boom main sheet.

Michael Levin
Sailin' on Sunshine
C250 #402 WK
Lake Tahoe
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kjk
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  17:46:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wing Keel is 3' 5" if memory serves...I bought a 1999 winger a few years ago the the PO had neglected but not badly damaged. I replaced the sails, the rigging (running and standing) wiring, cushions, and my wife and daughter added a mortgage payment's worth of throw pillows for no apparent good reason...the editors of the mag were brave enough to run a column about my ordeal, but it was a lot of fun in the end and I take a lot of pride in its rehabbing. As I used to say to my wife, once you're done with a project, only then will you be an expert in something that you will probably never have to do again. Best of luck.

Kevin J. Kiely
Rockport, MA
1999WK
Hull # 407
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TakeFive
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Response Posted - 06/15/2020 :  18:46:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
First, congrats!

As a former owner of a 1998 C250 (#348), I can say that how much money you have to spend on immediate refit items depends entirely on how the boat was cared for and stored previously. The long, imposing list provided by another poster is a only a worst case scenario that includes some items that don't even matter for sailing.

The 1998 model year included some nice upgrades from prior boats, including transom seats, foot rests on the gunwales, and ABYC-compliant LP gas installation.

I sold my 1998 C250 exactly 4 years ago with no trailer for $14,000. The first person to look at it bought it 3 days after I put it on Craigslist. If your boat was moderately well cared for, $7500 is an outstanding price. The fact that previous owners saved the pop top cover is a good sign. Hopefully he also saved and safely stored all the sails and interior and exterior cushions.

Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
PO of Take Five, 1998 Catalina 250WK #348 (relocated to Baltimore's Inner Harbor)
New owner of 2001 Catalina 34MkII #1535 Breakin' Away (at Rock Hall Landing Marina)

Edited by - TakeFive on 06/15/2020 18:47:53
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