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Catalina 30, 1979 tall rig with bow sprit and fin keel. It is tiller steered.

I pulled the Atomic 4 last fall to repower the boat. To pull the engine, the galley cabinet had to be pulled. I decided that the worn-out countertop needed to be replaced and I ended up restoring the whole interior. All of the main cabin, galley, head, and forward cabin woodwork has been refinished, including replacing two bulkheads. All woodwork has been refinished in mahogany with spar urethane over it. The chart table and hanging locker were completely removed and entirely refinished, not just the exposed surfaces. All new countertops have been installed in the galley, head and chart table. Galley and head fixtures are new.

All of the exterior woodwork has been refinished.

The previous owner had the refrigerator under the steps, which I moved to the stove location. The original stove is included, however it is not installed. The original tank and plumbing are still in place, should you prefer to have the stove installed and get the original refrigerator working. The compressor and all plumbing is in place for the original internal refrigerator, I have not attempted to get it working.

I have replaced or reconditioned a lot of the equipment. The boat has been completely wired for 110v, with outlets in the galley, head, and one on each shelf in the main cabin. There is one 110v lamp in the main cabin, the rest of the lighting is 12v. The main electrical panel has been replaced with everything new.

All 8 windows were pulled, seals replaced and reinstalled. All have been rain-tested and do not leak!

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I run a 15hp Evinrude and power out from where it's docked in Clearwater Beach to the Gulf and back. The dockage can be taken over, it's in the first bay north of Clearwater Pass across from the Clearwater Yacht Club. It's the easiest access to the gulf in Pinellas County, in my opinion. No drawbridge and a wide pass means the tides aren't as strong in the pass.

This boat sails like a thoroughbred. It responds well to the helm, is extremely stable yet very responsive. This summer we were doing 5.5-6 knots in a 12-15 knot breeze.


  • Main, jib, genoa
  • Replaced main winch
  • Wire halyard joined to rope halyard for main and jib
  • Replaced outhaul
  • Datamarine depth gauge repaired. Inside hull-mounted sensor
  • Datamarine speed gauge installed, display works but speed reads 0
  • New Danforth compass
  • New main electrical panel--all new switches
  • New Icom radio, mounts in cabin and in cockpit with extension cords for power and antenna
  • New radio antenna
  • Garmin 172C GPS
  • Life jackets
  • Boat hook
  • New mainsail cover
  • New jib bag
  • New bimini
  • New holding tank, newer toilet, new toilet pump
  • Mini-frig and microwave included
  • New dock lines
  • Stereo/CD not included, but you could talk me into it.

    The dirty details:

  • The repower needs to be completed, no inboard is installed. I have the parts from the original Atomic 4 and an entire potentially rebuildable Atomic 4 that I will include if your are interested.
  • The genoa has a 12" rip in the lower rear area, courtesy of a gentle breeze turning into an un-forecast 20knot wind outside of John's Pass.
  • On Labor Day Sunday I was out single-handing in a 20-25 knot "breeze" and the main ripped along the first seam from rear to front. It will need to be replaced. I'm looking for one currently.
  • The hull needs to be redone, including gel coat repair in a few places.
  • Spreaders should be replaced.
  • Interior cushions are original and overall in good shape. Foam on interior cushions is in great shape. fabric is overall in good shape with a couple of wear spots.

    I'm selling the boat because I can't single-hand it well. Setting the main and jib and taking them down again by hand is a lot of work and I'm not as young as I used to be. It's a great boat for a couple or a team to use. Obviously the tall rig and bow sprit give the 30 a lot of performance and it is a fun boat to sail.

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