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Catalina 50
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Description: Catalina 50
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu January 30, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Great Layout, tremendous entertaining boat. Tall rig is overpowering, even in light Puget Sound air. Power winches a necessity unless there is a big crew. With power winches it is easy to singlehand. Might be slightly underpowered with stock diesel
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Registered: December 2013
Posts: 474
Review Date: Fri January 8, 2016 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very spacious, good in light air but needs a flying sail downwind, stiff, great tankage, comfortable motion, lots of light and ventilation below, higher build quality than rest of line
Cons: So-so engine access, relatively little stowage for such a big boat, dodger hinders cockpit access, smallish swim step

With a long 44' waterline, lots of sail area, 40,000+ lbs of loaded displacement, and all the tankage and engine below the floorboards, this boat is a real sled that will go fast without drama even in light air and heavy chop.

Compared to the rest of the Catalina line, build quality is a step up with thick glass, a stout hull to deck joint, double 3/4" plywood deck core, Goiot Tradition hatches, perforated aluminum toerails, stout deck cleats fore/aft/mid, and a semi-balanced skeg-hung rudder.

The forces are large on this boat so for shorthanded sailing you'll want a good autopilot, battcars if slab-reefed, large ball bearing turning blocks everywhere, an electric halyard winch, and low-stretch halyards to make it all manageable. A bow thruster is also a good idea, as is a stout windlass. With all the above, it can be readily sailed by one and docked by two.

If equipped with a Yanmar 4 cylinder turbo or similar-sized engine, be prepared for some pain when working on it. Access to the sides and bottom of the engine is poor. Smaller, normally aspirated engines are a better fit and 75 hp is plenty.

Down below, in the four cabin charter configuration stowage is barely adequate. In the three cabin configuration, the owner's cabin forward is a palace. The center galley in the four cabin config is luxuriously large but still secure in a seaway thanks to its wraparound layout. The salon is very spacious and comfortable.

Outside, the cockpit is also very spacious, especially if you replace the stock centerline folding table with a pedestal-mounted drop down snack table. The swim step is functional for getting on and off the boat but isn't big enough for more than one person at a time. The deck is ~52" above the waterline, not so high that getting aboard or off is too difficult but it does require some care.

Having owned this boat for three years, including one year living aboard (family of 5 + dog), I'm quite pleased with it. This model in good condition can be had for $150K or less in the US at the time of this writing (2016), comparable to a clean Catalina 42 MkII. Assuming the size isn't a hindrance, I'd take the 50 in a heartbeat.
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