Has anyone seen the new Catalina 445 or want to discuss it?
Agreed.Personally...I don't like the layout & design at all. Seems like Cat is getting more and more "dock" oriented with a Hunter like obsession with interiors that only make sense when tied to a dock.
I note that there is no reference in the preliminary specs for how the hull/deck joint is being done...just the mention of an inward flange. Usually they comment on "through bolted on 8" centers" or similar. Wondering if this is simply a preliminary oversight or a real change.
BTW...I am a Catalina fan...just don't like the direction they are going.
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.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.
What do you mean "which no one has actually seen" the brochure is on their website!The 350 is "dockish"? And since when is "dockish" even a word? It sounds like some sort of dog. I wouldn't describe my 350 as dockish, though maybe there's an option that I don't have.
As long as I'm taking exceptions to things, I'll also take exception to saying that the new 445 (which no one has actually seen) needs to "liven up the styling"...the whole thing that makes Catalinas great (IMHO) is that while the styling evolves, all Catalinas still look like Catalinas.
It is our intention to use our 400 everywhere in this "hemishphere". If you are certain you are going to cross the Pacific, you would probably be better off choosing another boat. It is not to say that you cannot, but there are better boats for it which are built to that purpose.Yes, Brian, I'd like more details.
I was really disappointed to hear what you and Camaraderie were saying about the 445, I'm sobbing over my keyboard - well, not quite.
Dock orientated? No, that will not do. I must have a boat that can sail well and get into the groove. But the Admiral must also like it, and from the first look, I was hoping that we just might have the perfect compromise.
The 400 is definitely a contender but the Admiral wants something a little bigger. I guess it may be the 470, if not the 445.
- Is the 445 dockish like the 350?
- would You take your 400 south through the canal, & over to Polynesia, with your family onboard?
On all points, please advise.
Ahhh...... I know the feeling. I only had a couple but it took an extreme change to "kick" for me CD's picture does remind me how much I miss the ease of boarding though as my canoe stern is a few steps higher to climb than his dads Instant high dive board thoughFWIW, I'm a Catalina guy. I think once you've owned one, you keep searching for reasons to buy another one, like I'm doing. I still can't figure out why, even when I have literally an entire world of yachts to choose from. I am looking at everything (Honest!) but I keep getting drawn back to a Catalina. I admit, perhaps I need therapy.