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Catalina 400
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Description: Catalina 400
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat November 30, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Blue Water tested June/July 1996. Round trip Atlantic City, NJ to Bermuda.
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Sat March 14, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Big Main with manageable fore triangle allows easy handling by one or two. Big master berth and lots of head room for those 6'3" -6'4". Very solid ride in bumpy stuff. Needs folding prop in light air. Get 155%, it needs it and small triangle makes it very manageable. Great place to spend the summer weekends, especially with reverse cycle air (a most!).
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Review Date: Thu November 5, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The C400 is a superbly comfortable coastal cruising boat, with ample living space and storage. The huge cockpit can seat 8 or more comfortably, and the twin wheel arrangement makes movement about the cockpit much easier than similarly sized boats with single wheels. The boat is stable and forgiving, comfortable and dry even in relatively high winds and waves, and has no tendency to broach like some of the smaller Catalina models. The stock Westerbeke 42B engine produces motoring speeds of 7.5 kts or more. The boat is slow in light air, so get a big genny!

Below, there's lots of living space, and plenty of storage. The aft head is a bit narrow, but the forward head is generously sized. The galley is also large, with plenty of counter space and a large refrigerator capacity. The nav table is adequately large and has a swing-out seat, which is convenient. The white acrylic skylights, along with the use of light woods and white surfaces, make the boat brighter down below than most. The aft cabin seems huge at first glance, but the overhead is very limited, and is made even worse by a cover over the steering cable (which looks like an afterthought, not considered in the original design). Also, the stock cushions are rock hard... foam eggcrate pads seem to help a bit, if you prefer a softer berth.

The biggest liability of the boat is the steering. Twin wheels are wonderful, but the C400 has a single cable system which is rubbery and imprecise, and tightening the cables doesn't improve things. Rumor has it that Catalina is changing over to a dual cable/sheave system, which would be a big improvement. I don't know if the new system can be retrofitted to existing boats.

In general, I'm quite satisfied with the boat... although if the steering can be improved, I'd be even MORE satisfied.
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Registered: May 2002
Posts: 2
Review Date: Mon September 6, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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It replaced my Island Packet 1993 ip38, which was too slow on Long Island sound. The 400 is only 20 hours old and I find it to be an exceptional boat for our large family (8 kids!). Low head room in aft is major complaint, after 10 hits in the head I think I got it.
Points well and with 155 it moves in light air.
Lost rudder! in storm yesterday not sure why, outside of that issue, the boat is great!


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Registered: May 2006
Location: Texas
Posts: 16
Review Date: Thu June 1, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Lots of room in the cockpit, salon area is large with plenty of seating room. Great lines and easy to handle with two people in heavy air.
Cons: None yet

This boat has a lot to like. It has a traditional layout and looks a lot larger all the way around when compared to the C42. Easy to sail in heavy air with only two on board. Dual helms is great as it gives better visibility over the dodger. Gori prop was added for light air speed and better reverse operation. Boat backs with no prop walk. In-mast furling may not be for everyone but it makes the boat easy to put away especially on hot days. Great boat for lakes and coastal cruising.
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Cruisingdad

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Registered: July 2006
Location: Washington State
Posts: 9904
Review Date: Thu July 27, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: sure footed, very forgiving. nice nav station. very nice galley with lot and lots of storage.
Cons: aft head. Night running lights.

I have owned a 250, 320, 380, and 400. This is probably my favorite of their boats so far. I have also sailed a 42, which is great and almost got that instead, but glad I went with the 400 as there are neg'f of the 400 too. I have NOT had the boat offshore yet (will cut across the gulf in a few months), but from what I have done I will say she is the best boat I have sailed, with the only possible exception being the 320. She is fast under sail and under motor, gently responds to gusts, and has an unusually comfortable cockpit.

My "destinations" may be a little different than many who post here, so here are the things we are changing (wish were different). We are adding a diesel bladder to hopefulyl double the tankage. THERE ARE NO RED RUNNING LIGHTS for NIGHT!! The cost of that is so small and they are such a big deal, I am nbot sure why Catalina does not put them in. I think all of our other boats had them. Divided anchor locker. Cutting the Main table in half. and retorfitting for more space. Changing and adding cabinetry.

Sounds like a lot, but these are a few of the 400 specific changes we are making for liveaboard and cruising with 2 young kiddos. Others that do not use the boat this way would likely not make any of these changes. Truth is, we never found any boat that we would not make changes to... and the way this boat sails, it is worth it.

Short of circumnavigating, I think this is a great boat and would reccomend to anyone that is island bound or a coastal cruiser with occasional offshore jaunts.

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