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Re: Thoughts on upcoming Catalina 425
I have to admit that at least on paper that is the one of the most appealing new designs that I have seen from a major manufacturer in a long time. While it would be easy to nitpick some of the details, and there is not much information about the lines of the boat, to my eye this is a very impressive boat that appears to be a major step up from earlier Catalinas that I have known. The things that I like are the L/D = 130 which is light enough to provide decent performance while also heavy enough to allow decent carrying capacity. Solid ballast ratio for a bulb keel. Adequate SA/D to be able to get by without large overlapping jibs. Fractional rig (although I suspect too stiff a spar to do much with mast bend and the stock spar is in-mast furling which would screw up the advantages of a fractional rig). Moderate beam, fine bow and moderate transom width by modern standards. If I understand their "T-Beam" mast support this is a moment connected mast base which would provide all of the advantages of a keel stepped mast with all of the advantages of a deck stepped mast (which is something that I have advocated for decades.)
If the execution is as good as the basic design appears to be, this could turn out to be one heck of a great boat.
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