In Hawaii I met a group of Japanese sailors who had sailed a Catalina from Japan to Hawaii, and then to the west coast. The boat had previously been at the bottom of Tokyo Bay with a hole approximately the size of the galley range. I don't remember exactly how that happened (they were sharing their Saki at the time) but in any event if a boat like that can sail uphill across the Pacific it should serve as a testament to fiberglass durability, and appearantly Catalina.
Here they are on their way to the PNW:
Anyone seen these guys?