Catalina 38 Avantura
Registered: August 2000
Review Date: Thu February 22, 2001
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This is a small but fun boat. It has a flush deck and is 20' 5" long, with a draft of 21". Here are the specs from the owners manual (which I actually have a copy of):
Centerline Length: 20' 5"
LWL: 17' 4"
Beam: 8' 0"
to top of mast: 28' 0"
Sail Area: 191 sq. ft. with 100% jib.
The cockpit on this boat is HUGE. It is great for taking several people out for an afternoon, or just a few who like to spread out.
It can sleep four, with a v-bunk in the bow that sleeps 2 fairly comfortably, and quarter berths along each side that reach under the cockpit coaming. There is a large locker under the seat on each sid of the cockpit.
I originally bought her from a friend in September 1991 while living in Dallas, built a trailer for her and moved her to MIchigan in April 1992. While in Dallas, she was kept in Lake Grapevine, just north of DFW airport. In Michigan, I kept her at Lake Erie Metropark in Rockwood Michigan.
Back in Michigan, I repainted her with a dark bright (make sense?) blue polyurethane and named her Texas Bell. I added fues panel; a Stereo with tape deck and CD player; 4 speakers, two that attach to any cockpit stanchions and are easily removable at the end of the day; a Raytheon VHF; an Eagle Ultra-nav depth finder/Loran/LCD plotter; and an automatic bilge pump. The auto bilge pump comes in handy when the cockpit scupper gets covered by leaves, it rains a lot, and the water in the cockpit raises above the level of the bottom of the cockpit lockers, thereby letting water into the boat. This saves a lot of hand pumping when returning to the marina after being away from the boat for an extended time.
Oh yeah, and a porta-potti. A necessity for the ladies.
She is a fun boat to sail. She can be singlehanded easily and is very forgiving. It is a great boat for daysailing, or taking long weekends. If you pack correctly, you can even go on extendet trips. The only thing I don't like is the traveler runs right across the center of the cockpit. This makes for banged shins and some nice trips, especially for someone new on the boat. I love the big cockpit. It is great for stretching out in on a lazy day under sail.
It takes me about 2 hours to rig her; this is from the time we get to the launch, to the time we pull away from the dock.
I have taken a few several day trips on her with two of us. The quarters can get cramped, but they are still liveable. It is kind of like camping with a small tent. You have to bring everything; cooler, cookstove, sleeping bags.... The longest was a seven day trip in the North Channel on the north end of Lake Huron. With the shallow keel, she is great for gunkholing. The only problem was, we got demasted on the last day of the trip while heading back to the marina we put in at.
This summer will be refit/repair/remast time. I am planning on removing all of the hardware and rebedding it. I also need to recore the foredeck around the hatch. The mast will be added before the start of the next sailing season, spring 2002.
If anyone has a used mast for sale, let me know!
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Buccaneer e-mail list.
Catalina 38, Hull #112
Grosse Ile, Michigan