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News: Catalina Yachts launch their latest yacht Catalina 355

August 10, 2010 by Bill Noramin
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Internationally-recognized Catalina Yachts of Largo, Florida just announced the launch of the Catalina 355. The qualities admired in Catalina’s award-winning 445—a versatile performer that is fast, comfortable spacious and safe—formed the basis of Catalina’s newest 35′5″ vessel. The design of the Catalina 355 yacht has a handsome, low-profile cabin structure with a long waterline and moderate beam and freeboard.

“The new style and design features we presented with the 445 were so well received, that we decided to carry those design elements forward while fulfilling the demand for a mid-30’s performer,” said Gerry Douglas, vice-president and chief engineer for Catalina.

A five-foot long traveler creates precise mainsail control. Six inboard shrouds are secured to yacht Catalina’s signature “ball and socket” chain plates and tie rods for critical load resolution and to create watertight integrity. Long inboard genoa tracks accommodate headsails from a powerful 155% genoa to a storm jib, allowing the sail plan to be balanced in all wind conditions. The inboard shrouds and hardware facilitates tighter sheeting angles for upwind performance and wide, unobstructed weather decks for safety. Another added safety feature is a watertight “collision” bulkhead aft of the anchor locker.
Contoured helm seating port and starboard is elevated for comfort and visibility forward, with conveniently positioned primary winches and instruments.

Below, the interior is constructed of teak and teak veneers, hand-finished with clear varnishes. A navigation desk with a recessed laptop computer compartment has dedicated power ports. An available quad-leaf folding table seats a group, and the port side dinette easily converts to a single berth or settee. The owner’s cabin has a custom, articulating innerspring mattress; an electric lifter is available for comfortable reading or viewing TV.

The Catalina 355 yacht conforms to the recommendations and standards of the ABYC and IMCI Category A requirements. The base price of a Catalina 355 is $165,450 FOB, Largo, Florida. The boat will debut at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD on October 7-11, 2010.

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 confidence and loyalty, so that Catalina has become the most prominent builder of sailboats in the United States with an extensive national and international dealer network..

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