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post #4 of Old 03-04-2003
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81 Catalina 38 '''' Sparkman Stevens

Yep, SailorMitch is correct.

There are two 38 foot boats from Catalina. The current C380 and the older C38 (Actually three now, they changed The C380 slightly and its now a C387).

The original boat was designed by Sparkman and Stephens to be built as a one-off racing design. The hull form was then purchased by the Yankee Boat Company in Marina del Rey, California. They built approximately 30 Yankee 38''s before the business failed. Frank Butler of Catalina Yachts purchased the molds from Yankee, and started building the C38. He also, so the story goes, called Sparkman
and Stephens for permission to advertise it as a Sparkman and Stephens design. He made the Catalina 38 a faster boat than the Yankee 38, and as a result for years it replaced the Cal 40 as the official Congressional Cup boat, one of the top match
racing regattas in the world. It was, in turn, replaced by the Capri 37, also made by Catalina Yachts .

An interesting article on the racing configuration of the Catalina 38 can be found in the 8th edition of Royce''s Sailing Illustrated.

Here is a picture of one
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