From the designer: Gerry Douglas:
The new 385 is the latest in the line of new Catalinas that began with the award winning 445 introduced in April of 2009 and was successfully followed by the 355, the 2011 “Domestic Boat of the Year”. The 385 is an evolution of successful design features and proportions – moderate beam carried well aft for a spacious cockpit – moderate freeboard for reduced windage and pleasing appearance, and an innovate and beautifully fi nished interior. This new boat pulls together all the best elements of successful previous models.
Great attention was given to ergonomics and classic styling that has been a trademark of Catalina designs. The 385 breaks with tradition aesthetically, but has all the features that sets Catalina apart from other builders.Lead keels, roomy cockpits and long travelers for precise sail control. Long inboard genoa tracks to accommodate headsails from powerful 155% genoas to storm jibs, allowing the sail plan to be balanced in all wind conditions. Among the new features is a watertight StrikeZone™ collision bulkhead aft of the anchor locker. Contoured helm seating is elevated port and starboard for comfort and visibility. Unique molded instrument pods at the helm positions, with convenient primary winches and a new backstay system makes a truly a great cockpit for the avid sailor.
The mast support system features Catalina’s unique SecureSocket™ chain plates for superior load resolution from the mast to the hull structural system. An optional asymmetrical spinnaker is optimized by a removable Selden bowsprit that can be stored in the anchor locker when not in use. The custom anchor roller assembly integrates the bow sprit for use with the code X furler and Doyle spinnaker, enhancing light wind performance. Below decks, Catalina uses teak and teak veneers, which add warmth and the look of a classic yacht interior, hand fi nished with clear varnishes. A navigation desk with a recessed laptop compartment has dedicated power ports. The custom Catalina electrical panel is neatly secreted behind a tinted acrylic door allowing continual monitoring of power use.
The main cabin offers generous seating, a custom quad leaf folding table that will seat a group, and a port side dinette that easily converts to a single berth. A linear designed cabinet has plenty of storage and maintains open site lines through the cabin.
Polished handrails and fi ttings complement the teak interior cabinetry. The galley is optimized for convenience at sea or at port. A propane stove, oven and large refrigerator are built into functional units, along with large cabinets and drawers that offer plenty of areas for provisions and cookware.
The owner’s cabin is forward and has a custom, articulating innerspring mattress; an electrical lifter is available for comfortable reading or viewing TV. An adequate guest cabin is aft with a large double berth and large storage lockers. A spa-style head with a large shower complements this roomy yacht’s interior.
Like all Catalinas above 30 feet, the new Catalina 385 is robustly built to CE category A standards, is NMMA Yacht Certified and follows all applicable American Boat and Yacht Council Standards, thus assuring the Catalina owner a quality, safe, durable yacht.
Catalina’s philosophy is straightforward: Design boats that stand up to real world conditions and sail well. They must be comfortable above and below, easy to maintain and hold their value. A commitment to owner satisfaction has enhanced customer confi dence and loyalty, so that Catalina has become one of the most prominent builders of sailboats in the United States and the world for over 40 years.
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