|C375 - The New Catalina Yacht! |
|Smart Design Meets Style and Sailability in New Catalina 375
LARGO, FL (January 10, 2008) – Catalina Yachts has just launched the Catalina 375, a fresh new design, characteristic of the successful Catalina 36, and incorporating the best features found on all of Catalina’s latest models.
As successor to the legendary Catalina 36, introduced twenty-five years ago, the 375 had big shoes to fill. Thoughtful ideas, suggestions and critique from the active Catalina 36 Owners’ Association and Catalina dealers guided the development process.
“Virtually every system in this yacht has been reviewed and optimized for improved performance, efficiency and owner maintenance,” explained Gerry Douglas, vice president and chief engineer for Catalina.
The new 375 has a sculpted, contemporary and functional low profile deck and a stable performance hull form. High quality hardware and offshore-capable rigging complements a powerful sail plan with in-mast furling main and vertical battens. Twin backstays balance the powerful rig, creating an unobstructed “California size” cockpit.
A single side control traveler and inboard sheeting for overlapping genoas makes sail handling easier. Wide weather decks allow easy access forward and aft, and there is enough room in the anchor locker for two rodes and gear.
Deep lockers aft leave plenty of space for optional a/c and generator. The transom extends seamlessly to the waterline for increased structural integrity. Catalina’s classic stern seats are integrated into the stern pulpit, along with an easy-access outboard motor bracket. A standard 6’10” fin keel is lead (not cast iron), and an optional 4’8” shoal draft wing keel allows gunkholing just about anywhere.
Enter the 375’s spacious open interior through hinged bi-fold companionway doors. There’s solid teak trim in the classically symmetrical main cabin with traditional port and starboard cabinets. The Lonseal non-skid sole keeps maintenance underfoot to a minimum. There are plenty of drawers with storage under the seats, a large hanging locker, plus shelved lockers throughout. A game table converts to a settee or berth, and the functional, well-designed galleyhas a self-contained stainless refrigerator, large dry locker, insulated compartment for optional refrigeration and solid surface counters.
An extra large head adjacent to the owner’s cabin has a big circular shower and a gravity drain waste system. Inner spring mattresses are fitted in both cabins, fore and aft.
Owners will find generous tankage for water, fuel and waste, and the 40-hp. Yanmar diesel sips fuel at a mere .6 gal./hr. @ 2000 RPM.
The Catalina 375 comes at an attractive price point of approximately $178,000, FOB Largo, Florida, and will be on display at select winter ’08 boat shows, starting with Boston in January.
“Catalinas do well in a very competitive market because they are the result of listening carefully to our owners and dealers,” said Frank Butler, founder and president of Catalina Yachts. “When we introduce a new boat, we don't try to reinvent the wheel each time. We incorporate proven features with new ideas and a lot of boat owners' suggestions. This gives the line continuity, helps us avoid overly trendy styling, and insures good resale value,” he said.
For almost 40 years, Catalina’s unwavering dedication to building well-designed, durable, family oriented boats has resulted in long production runs where each model is improved and refined. A commitment to owner satisfaction has enhanced customer confidence and loyalty insures Catalina’s position as the leading, exclusively sailboat builder in the United States with manufacturing facilities on both east and west coasts and an extensive national and international dealer network.