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Catalina 350

Seems like an interesting model. Any owners out there? Anyone have any insight into this model? My wife and I are strictly coastal cruisers looking to upgrade from our 29 yr. old Pearson 10M.

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Catalina 350

I am very pleased with mine. I own Hull #84 and sail the Chesapeake Bay out of a marina in Back Creek, Annapolis. I moved up for a Catalina 22, so this was a major upgrade in all respects.

She handles well in all conditions, and will do 7 knots when motoring at 2,800 rpms and when sailing in 15-20 knots, and better than 6 knots in 10-12 knots close-hauled. She also does suprising well in light air, although better with the cruising spinnaker I purchased as an option. With autohelm, an electric winch option for the main (also great for going aloft), and all controls led aft, she''s very easy to sail short-handed. I like to sail at night also, and have GPS, radar, and color chartplotter.

Very roomy below, two nice-sized berths fore and aft, comfortable head with separate shower stall. I opted for a third water tank, giving me about 120 gallons of water. Engine is 35HP Universal with 39-gallon tank and fuel consumption to date is between 0.6 and 0.7 gallons per hour.

She is a very beamy boat--13 feet. This allows for a very roomy cockpit and the very roomy main cabin. I opted for the wing keel, with a 4.5 foot draft. She has lots of freeboard, which was an object of scorn among the critics on this board back when the model was first introduced (January 2002). I choose to look at the beam and freeboard as providing a lot of stability and comfort, especially in heavy air. My wife is very happy with the smooth ride in the occasional 3-4-foot seas we get in the Bay.

My dealer, Sail Annapolis, was very easy to work with, and has been very responsive to the items on my "punch" list following our walk-through and shakedown.
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Catalina 350

I can pretty much second everything sailinjay said. This year we are on the Delaware River which has to be one of the squirreliest places on the planet to try to sail a big boat, needless to say we have made several trips to the Chesapeake and back. After spending time on the 350 and becoming accustomed to the space you are afforded, its hard to imagine spending time on some of the others. If I were heading out to cross an ocean or around the world, probably not my boat of choice but for coastal work, it hard to beat. We opted for the roller furling main, while we gave up some speed and preformance I am sure, it is very nice to be able to work everything from the cockpit.
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I didn''t mention this specifically but it was implied in indicating I got the electric winch option for the main. I chose the "classic" main, a fully battened sail with Dutchman flaking system in lieu of a furling main. I also got the 150 genoa instead of the standard 135. I also neglected to mention adding a Heart Inverter.
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Jay
I think you have landed one of the nicest prodution sail boat being built today...
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With all due respect to Catalina 350 owners..I think it is a little bit far fetched to call her one of the nicest production boats being built today...
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I concure
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I concur
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Catalina 350

I didn''t think the Benehuntalina bashers could be quiet for long. Denr even seconded himself.

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Catalina 350

Here we go again. I was wondering how long it would take before the bashing started after someone would dared to compliment a Catalina.
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