Vic's Sailing Adventures

"Sailing" (noun):
"The fine art of getting wet and becoming ill while slowly going nowhere at great expense."

lot's go sailing

"Ocean sailing does not cease at sunset, or when a motel is reached, or when one is tired of it. It goes on and on, day and night, hour after hour, seasickness, discomfort not withstanding, hammering seas be damned." - Tom Wicker from 'Rough Passage'

"Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Mark Twain

Catalina 250 being towed by Vics van

"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors." - African proverb

"The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To be human is to be addicted. The wise man chooses the addictions he wishes to feed."


2002 Catalina 250WK - 250 wing keel:

Catalina 250 wing keel sailboat on Vic's trailer
"In a power boat you get there in a hurry,
in a sail boat you're already there."

to Lake Oroville Marina - to see Sandy and Sean on Vic's 250

sailboat

Our Founder believes that giving to others brings a lot of rewards to the giver as well as to the recipient.


Below are some of Vic's "ramblings" about his former Catalina 250 wing keel sailboat:

 

Vic owned his Catalina 250wk sailboat from June 2002 through October 2004. After the Catalina 250wk sailboat Vic purchased a 2005 Catalina 34MKII sailboat (which he still owns today).

He felt that his Catalina 250WK (wing keel) was a relatively safe and affordable "pocket cruiser."

Other than a few warranty issues (one needs to bring the boat back to the dealer, the dealer won't come to the boat) this 2002 Catalina 250wk was a great boat in his view.

Getting on and off the Catalina 250 is very easy with the open transom. It also comes standard with a nice swim ladder and it is easy to get in and out of the water.

Vic was a near beginning sailor when he purchased this boat new in 2002. Only having owned/sailed a Holder 14 sailboat for a year. Yet, even as a beginning sailor, he learned how to sail this Catalina 250 wing keel sailboat in a very short period of time. He feels that is because the 250 is so easy to sail.

"Without much experience I have now sailed my C250 boat in some very heavy and crazy lake winds. It really is easy to sail single handed (with a few easy to do modifications).

I am addicted to sailing, and I overall liked my 2002 Catalina 250wk a lot. I recommend it for all day sailors but I like to warn everyone that if they buy a new Catalina that they are aware of the warranty policy of Catalina in that they insist that you bring it back to a dealer (no matter how far away or impractical) for warranty repairs.

Inside the 2002 Catalina 250wk there is a nice amount of headroom (the water ballast model 250 does not have as much headroom) and it feels somewhat spacious for a 25 foot sailboat.

I like the (heavy but very reliable) high-thrust Honda 8hp 4-stroke, XL (extra long) shaft for the Catalina 250. Honda also makes a 9.9 h.p. motor and it is basically the same motor but with higher rpms than the 8hp. The 8 horsepower Honda is plenty of power for most situations and will use less gasoline (important since the fuel locker - fuel storage area will only hold a small gas tank). If you are going to do most of your sailing in Mexico then possibly the Yamaha brand (I hear they are also reliable) might be a better choice due to their popularity/dealerships there. Because the 8 h.p. Honda outboard motor starts so easily I don't see the need for an electric start (then you have to worry about the battery)."

sailboat
Catalina 250WK - #660 - "Leon's Dream"





Update 2013:
After I (Vic) sold my 2002 Catalina 250WK I purchased a brand new 2005 Catalina, 34MKII which I owned and enjoyed for 7 years. I then decided to downsize as I'm getting older and wanted a boat that I could very easily handle by myself ("single-handle"), and so sold my Catalina 34.

After much searching I decided to purchase another Catalina 250WK as I had really enjoyed my previous one. This time I decided to purchase a used one instead of a new one. I located and purchased a nice used 2005 model (hull number 818) formerly named "Tortuga" that I've renamed "Let's Go." It has a tiller instead of a wheel. From experience with both a wheel and a tiller I personally prefer a tiller as it allows me much more of a "feel" of the winds and currents as well as it gives me more room in the cockpit and I can maneuver my boat very quickly.

The motor that my boat "Let's Go" came with was a nice Yamaha 9.9hp however, I felt that it simply was too large for this sailboat as far as me not being able to move the motor from side to side. So after doing some searching and asking other Catalina 250 owners I decided to purchase a brand new 4 stroke Tohatsu 9.8hp MFS9.8A3EFTUL (Tohatsu is the same as Nissan brand) which comes with an electric power tilt. After using this motor for a season I must say that out of the Honda, Yamaha and Tohatsu that I've owned I prefer this Tohatsu the most for this model of boat. I feel it's the ideal size (speaking as far as being able to move the motor back and forth) for my 2005 Catalina 250WK sailboat.


Vic's 2005 Catalina 250WK - picture taken 2013



"Always approach a dock at the speed in which you wish to hit it!"

Happy sailing,

Vic

sailing is living at it's best
Our Founder Vic, is still addicted to sailing

"A 'Boat' is a hole in the water that you pour money into."


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