Catalina 545 wins Cruising World Awards!

We are pleased to announce that our new Catalina 545 has been awarded Cruising World Magazine’s “Overall Boat of the Year” and “Best Full-Size Cruiser Over 55 Feet

From Cruising World Magazine’s Best Overall Boat review:

“This boat represents a ­significant change from previous Catalinas,” judge Ed Sherman said. “It’s a major upgrade from anything they’ve ever built. I think it’s not only significantly bigger, but better than anything they’ve done.”

“The largest vessel of a ­midrange production builder is a tough gamble because they’re not accustomed to building larger vessels,” judge Ralph Naranjo said. “In my opinion, Catalina upsized, upgraded and did a more-than-tolerable job of breaking through that barrier of not creating their biggest model and then suffering midsize components on it. The vision was making an ‘ocean-easy’ boat, that people who buy it will get sea time. It’s not a yacht that’s going to perpetually cross oceans. But it most certainly is a bluewater boat.”

Read the full review here.

Catalina 545
Catalina 545

From Cruising World’s Best Full-Size Cruiser review:

“I liked it as soon as I got on it,” judge Dan Spurr said. “I like the looks of it. I like the cockpit layout. The designer and builder, Gerry Douglas, did an excellent job explaining how he put the boat together and the choices that he made. I was impressed by the overall layout abovedecks and below. We didn’t have a ton of wind when we sailed it, but it acquitted itself nicely. It seemed like a pretty straightforward rig that my wife and I could handle pretty comfortably. In other words, it wasn’t complicated.”

Read full review here.

Catalina 545
Catalina 545

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