The Catalina 380 was the winner of the Mid-Size Cruiser category in Cruising World’s 1997 Boat of the Year Awards.
Competent and thoughtfully designed midsize cruiser
The routine SouthernCalifornia day-bright sunshine, light wind from the west and a slight nip in the air-provided the perfect conditions to test sail the latest addition to Catalina's line. The Catalina 380 fills a gap between its 36- and 40-foot designs and is aimed at experienced sailors anxious to trade up in size, perhaps with a longer cruise in mind, or when a growing family calls for more ambitious plans.
Catalina's new 38-footer follows the successful design trends pioneered in the 320 and 400: minimal overhangs, elliptical keel, large cockpit and substantial beam carried aft to a reversed stern. An owner can choose a shallow-draft wing keel or a fin configuration without extra charge. Like her close relatives, the new design has a double-spreader rig with an inboard shroud base, allowing for narrow sheeting angles and large genoas. She's a striking yacht with high topsides and careful use of sheerlines to give a sense of grace and speed. At the same time she imparts a sense of profound competence, an indefinable quality born of careful design which some yachts exude the moment you step aboard. I felt at home, partly because of Catalina's proven design formula and also because the length and size of the boat appealed to me.
The Catalina 380 is an exceptionally refined production yacht with the high standard of finish and design one has come to expect from this manufacturer. She offers exceptional value to owners looking for a larger boat less than 40 feet, and who have relatively ambitious cruising plans in mind.
Trenton Carroll 310-503-5547
The Catalina 390 is the result of requests for a three-stateroom configuration in a Catalina yacht under 30 feet. The forward cabin presents a berth that is 6 feet, 3 inches wide by 6 feet, 5 inches long. This unusually large double berth has two large drawers with roller bearing glides. A sink and vanity are to port. The main salon area features a new design dining table with leaf extension. Aft are port and starboard staterooms with ample storage space. There is 6 feet, 8 inches of headroom at each entrance and each berth measures a 6 feet, 4 inches long.
The forward guest cabin has a large v-berth with mattress. There is a hanging locker w/shelves to starboard, and a vanity with sink,H&C pressure water and medicine cabinet to port.
The main salon has a U-shaped settee to port with a dining table that drops down to convert to a double berth. Opposite is a full-length settee that has a fold down table in the center to for games, drinks, etc. Ample storage is afforded by the cabinets and storage bins on both sides of the salon area. The upholstery is dark green Ultra Leather. The cabin sole is a teak & holly veneer.
13505 Bali Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292