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Designing a Production Boat

I found this video of Gerry Douglas from Catalina Yachts doing a walk through of the new Catalina 425 deck plug and interior while still in the prototype stage.

In it he talks about the various design decisions and how they effect other decisions and other parts of the boat.

I thought it was an interesting look at the process and the thought that goes into designing a successful production boat. The video is 26 minutes and goes into quite a bit of detail.

https://youtu.be/iCNg5KzWJMo

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Hmm, no comments?

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Re: Designing a Production Boat

I have the Youtube page up on my home computer, but haven't found 26 minutes free to watch it.

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Re: Designing a Production Boat

Jim, I've seen the video too. Thanks for posting it. Very interesting and quite a boat. I own a Catalina 400, so this boat is an evolution of mine. One thing that I have wondered is why not make a water-tight bulkhead in the stern section also. Yes, it would require some detail, but…. At any rate, I agree with you that a lot of thought has gone into this boat. By the way, watch this video also: "How it's Made, a Fiberglass Sailboat"

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I've watched about 1/3 of it... pretty interesting the thought processes in it. I suppose they have to try to think of ALL the ways someone might use their boats, and find the most "common" ways people do things.

I feel like they covered a significant amount of the ways I'd want to sail it though, so I'm impressed. Shame I don't have the cool half million to buy.

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Good video. Lousy production qualith, though. This generation.of tv watchers want something a bit better shot and edited without losing the authenticity of the designer presenting it.

Nowhere did he scream "How do I rip off the customers, Save money and kill people.

I like a lot of the innovations particularly the aft cabin turning into the junk cabin with access from above.

All excellent stuff. But in such a well designed boat how can they scare the Paper Navigators away? Grid. That's it! This uses a grid like every other modern boat. I wouldn't have a boat with a grid. Heavens no. Not a grid. Totally unseamanlike. Grid? Yuk!


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Looking at that you can see how the big builders can lower the price of their boats by getting a lot of use out designing and building those molds over a small volume builder that has to get the cost back in only a few boats a year.

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It does illustrate how Catalina listens to their customers feedback and applies it to their designs.

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The production quality is mediocre but the content was very engaging for me. I suspect that service access to engine, genset, water heater, and A/C will not be nearly as easy as presented, and no discussion of other maintenance and installation access.

I take issue with some of their design choices but that is a separate matter.

Not nearly enough room for batteries for cruisers.

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The production quality is mediocre but the content was very engaging for me. I suspect that service access to engine, genset, water heater, and A/C will not be nearly as easy as presented, and no discussion of other maintenance and installation access.

I take issue with some of their design choices but that is a separate matter.

Not nearly enough room for batteries for cruisers.
Couldn't agree more on engine access, and the fold up board in the aft cabin needs to lay flat, I know its still in mock up. I would sacrifice some interior for a true engine compartment like Outbound does on their Boats. The way Engines are built in is crazy most times.
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