Cruising on Catalinas
I sailed from San Diego to Salinas Ecuador on a Catalina Capri 26. This boat, checked all through the rigging, with proper equipment for blue water sailing showed to be a very smooth and fast boat. In rough and with proper storm sails, the Capri is very stable and handy. I did a fine single hand sailing and definitely, the blue water sailing is not up to the boat but the sailor. A sailboat is made to float and to go. So, with the proper equipment for sailors safety, for comfortable sailing and the proper equipment for comfort (Cooking, food preservation, etc. ), whatever boat is good.
The Capri has a fine space inside and I found, the Catalina 30 is about the same just some bigger. What is important on the 26 Capri. Don't waste any space inside with an in-border. A 9.9 HP Yamaha will be enough even in storm (tested).
Now, the final words are always up to the sipper. Each skipper has his preferences....
Good wind, John