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It’s interesting to hear some of the comments regarding Catalinas and their capability offshore. They may not be the “best” but certainly are capable. Just a few accomplishments.

“Juggernaut”Catalina 27
Left Miami and then to the Bahamas, St. Thomas then south for the Panama Canal. Peoceeding on to Pacific, Galapagos and then to French Polynesia and then 3000 miles away to Australia. From Darwin, Australia, headed westward on a nonstop, 6400-mile, 53-day passage. After crossing the gale ravaged Indian Ocean, arrived in Durban, South Africa. After rounding Cape Agulhas and Cape of Good Hope, headed for St. Thomas. Three-year, single-handed, world sailing adventure.

“Figment II” Catalina 320
Over a period of 3 years, sailed the stormy North Sea. There were two passages from Ramsgate, England to Oslo, Norway and return – 1300 miles each. One from Dover, England to Oslo and return – 1300 miles, and one from Southhampton to Oslo – 1600 miles. Participated in the grueling, 605-mile Fastnet Race from Cowes to Plymouth via Fastnet Rock and faced 20 hours of the North Sea,
force-eight gale winds and 20-foot seas.

“Moonrise” Catalina 36
Completed 8000 miles that began in Seattle. Sailed north to Glacier Bay, Alaska, then turning south, cruised down the west coast of North America, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and through the Panama Canal to the San Blas Islands and Cartegena, Columbia. Then headed for Jamaica, Dominican Republic and east to Puerto Rico, St. Croix, then down the island chain as far as St. Martin. Then headed northeast into the Atlantic and the long 2000-mile ocean passage to the Azores.

“Our Journey”Catalina 36
Left Los Angeles for Cabo San Lucas. Then on to La Paz, Isla Espirtu Santo, Mazatlan, San Blas and Puerta Vallarta. Left Puerta Vallarta for Hiva Oa, Marquesas in French Polynesia. The crossing took 25 days with winds averaging 20–25 knots. After the Marquesas, sailed for Tuamota Archipelago then to Tahiti and Moorea, returning to Tahiti.

“Alaskan Poor Boy”Catalina 36
From Alaska to Zihuatanejo, Mexico up to Puerto Vallerta, then west to the Marquesas Islands, to Tahiti, then Bora Bora, west once again to New Caledonia, south to Aukland, New Zealand, and back to Tahiti. From Tahiti to the Hawaiian Islands and on to Port Hardy, B.C. back to Seward Alaska. The next leg was to San Francisco then San Diego, south to La Paz and Labo San Carlos, Mexico. From there to Costa Rica, through the Panama Canal and north to Cancun. Then sailed to Key West, Ft. Lauderdale then up the Intercoastal Waterway to Annapolis Maryland.

“Sunseeker IV”Catalina 400
From Tampa sailed for the Florida Keys, then to the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Then down the island chain from St. Kitts to Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and through the Grenadines. Continuing south, stops in Venezuela, Bonair, Curacao, Aruba. Next, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands and a tour of Mexico beginning with Isla Mujeras and ending with Xcalak and finally San Pedro and Placentia, Belize and back to Key West.

“Suzanne”Catalina 42
Departed Marina Del Rey, California bound for the Virgin Islands. Sailed south along the Pacific coast of Mexico to Cabo San Lucas, then over to Puerto Vallarta and down the coast to Puerto Madero – continuing south to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and through the Panama Canal to the San Blas Islands and Cartagena Columbia – then turning north to Boca Chica, Dominican Republic and finally east to St. Thomas. The total distance covered was 5000 miles in just over 7 months.

“Toroa” Catalina 42 mkII
Started in Los Angeles and to Sydney, Australia. Arrived at Huku Hiva in the French Marquesas after a twenty-three day passage. Sailing southwest, on to Papeete/Tahiti via Manihi Atoll. On to Moorea Island and eventually to Auckland, New Zealand. From Auckland to Fiji and the Vanatu Islands, and New Caledonia, back to New Zealand and eventually to Sydney, Australia.

“Salacia”Catalina 42 mkII
California to Mexico and then across the Pacific to New Zealand and finally Australia.

“C’est La Vie” Catalina 470
Sailed from California to Mexico and a year and half cruising the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Coast of Mexico before leaving for the South Pacific from Puerto Vallarta. After an 18 day passage to the Marquesas, cruised to Tahiti and the Society Islands and now in Auckland.

“Anja K” Catalina 42
Traveled up the East Coast of Australia to Timor and via the Indonesian Archipelago. After visiting Singapore, Phuket, the islands and hongs of Phang Nga Bay, crossed to Sri Lanka. Sailing through the Red Sea on to Israel, Cyprus and along southern coast of Turkey. Next to the Greek Isles, Corinthian Canal, Corfu, Italy, Corsica, the Balearics and Spain before resting up in Gibraltar. Crossing to the Canaries and returned to Adelaide.

“Charmed Life” Catalina 470
2005 transpac doublehandled womens entry.
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