The Catalina 445 was launched in 2009 as a 2010 model year yacht. Its virtually instant success was confirmation that Catalina had found a market niche that they were uniquely well suited to fill. Gerry Douglas provided the inspiration for the design direction and carried that thinking forward with the introduction of the 355, the 385 and the 315. While the 5 Series yachts were winning awards and boosting Catalina’s production they did not take full advantage of the Euro trend of style. Catalina yachts are somewhat conservative by nature with always an eye on the realities of life at sea. Safety at sea and a sea kindly motion will always be a major concern at Catalina Yachts. The introduction of the Catalina 425 took advantage of a more Euro look to the hull form. Now with the impending introduction of the Catalina 525 the DNA of the super successful 425 has been fully realized. This is where the phrase, “not your grandfather’s Catalina” needs to be more fully expanded on. The core values of Catalina yacht construction will always radiate around honest quality construction with dependable systems and performance cruising sail plans. Catalina has introduced many important innovations over the years and their evolution coalesced nicely with the introduction of the 5 Series. The following bullet points highlight the enduring standards as well as ongoing innovations. Many of these construction details are not available as standard or as an option on other yacht brands. Lead keels, lead is about 20 times more expensive than cast iron. The advantages include impact absorption and minimal maintenance Teak interiors, a mixture of warm teak wood tones and bright maple accents give the Catalina interiors a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic Water tight collision bulkhead, not found on any other popular brand StrikeZone, impact zone with high density foam under the anchor locker, not found on any other popular brand 5-part construction featuring a dedicated structural grid beneath the cabin sole, this grid adds important torsional stiffness and bears and disperses the torque loads from the engine and mast compression Secure Socket chain plate system, simply the best and strongest chain plate system in the industry T-Beam mast step system, providing all the benefits of a deck stepped mast and the strength of a keel stepped mast Deep Defense rudder system, adds a huge safety margin in the event that the rudder is damaged Centralized filter lockers and ease of access to the oil dip stick, makes checking your fluids and filters easy and convenient Offshore quality inward flange deck to hull joint Knitted fabrics used for a stronger laminate and stiffer structure Oversized travelers, winches and lines for ease of sail handling in all conditions Innerspring mattresses in all sleeping quarters Navigation AC/DC panel with additional circuits for added options Wide, clear weather decks designed with inboard shrouds for moving forward with ease All Catalina’s larger than 30 feet are built to robust standards including: rated CE category A Ocean, NMMA Yacht Certified Program, and follow all applicable ABYC American Boat and Yacht Council construction standards. Most of the bulleted items were not available on your grandfather’s Catalina. Catalina is truly an evolutionary line of fine cruising sailing yachts. Catalina has been continuously producing yachts for 50 years. Catalina is owned, designed and built in America under the same ownership since day one. Catalina resale values and customer loyalty are among the highest in the industry. Dollar for dollar and feature for feature Catalina is a better, safer sailing yacht.