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post #31 of 34 Old 09-25-2009
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I checked out the Morgan Catalina 44 last year and would conclude that it fit most of the criterion that I have established. A real bilge, not a shallow one to allow water to slosh around in. Wife approval factor (W.A.F.) every where you look. A workroom with a vice and with a washer and dryer. It was a real Winnebago on water. Only question is how does it sail? I also have been a fan of the Caliber boats with the tankage serving as additional safety hulls. You can't beat that for true blue water cruising..
We chartered an IP 380 and what storage areas, real bilge, effective rig great ride.... But back to the W.A.F. Morgan Catalina 44
Note that the 440 is a VERY differnt boat from the 445.

The 440 is a live aboard, comfortable cruiser. The 445 is a rocket meant for coastal racing (though I can make a very strong argument that you can take that boat as blue water as you want).

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I just got back from the boat show being held outside Houston, and they had a 445 there. In a word: awesome. Beautiful, great design, ready for cruising or racing.

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Re: Catalina 445

Resurrecting this thread...

Now that the 445 has had some time to prove itself, would anyone care to add to what's already been posted? We saw this at Strictly Sail Chicago over the weekend and the talk in the house about boat buying has been stirred up again, particularly this boat.

If one wanted to get from point A to point B quickly...

If one was going to do coastal and island (Caribbean) cruising...

If one was considering a possible transatlantic crossing and maybe some Med cruising...

If one wanted a boat that could be handled by a couple...

And if one was looking for a liveaboard...

How would this boat fit? What would fit better in the same price range and size?
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Re: Catalina 445

Like several others we liked this one better than the offerings from Bene and Jeann. ESP for serious coastal cruising. Liked the storage, still 'nautical' joinery and the port aft multi-purpose space...BUT felt the cockpit hatch access to that area was too open - a fairly large seat locker open to the entire boat. For serious voyaging I think you'd want to do something different there.

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