I'm really interested in this boat, can't wait to see it. We had a C-36 mkII and loved that while we had it (5 yrs). I had basically made my mind up that my next sailboat would be the C-400. I went onto the Catalina website to view the C-400 again and saw the new 445 and thought ....hello, what have we here....? I think the admiral would have preferred the master aft, that is my only drawback at this point, but personally I like the master forward - to be close to the anchor for checking when on the hook.
But the 400 for a master aft and lots of room (our choice). It honestly is one of the best boats made. She is fast, sure footed, points well (at least the pre hull 307-312's did... the newer ones fo not point quite as well). She has great storage and is well apportioned.
Buy the 42 for a master forward or for 3 cabins. She points well (almost as well as the pre 307 c400's) and is pretty fast. She is not as sure footed as the 400 and not as fast, but there are some positives in the design along with some negative tradeoffs. I would be happy to discuss.
Buy the 470 if you can afford more money and really like the layout of the 400, but NEED (NEED) more room and storage. I like the boat and going back, I would have strongly considered it. Still like our 400 better for our use.
If spending 150k or under and want to go cruising, buy the 380 (no longer in production). We LA'd it and it is solid.
If more coastal, buy the 36. No longer in production either.
I can discuss any of the above boats in detail if you want. I prefer the older Catalinas to the newer changes. Even the 400 has gone under many changes I am not happy with.
Let me know id you want more details.