New 385 Model in Stock On Display
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 or reduced windage and pleasing appearance, and an innovate and beautifully finished 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 inear 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. Anadequate 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 Certifi ed 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 theirvalue. A commitment to owner satisfaction hasenhanced customer confidence and loyalty,so that Catalina has become one of the most prominent builders of sailboats n the United States and the world for over 40 years.
Sailors will find a lot to like in the traditional lines and layout of this new design from Gerry Douglas.
By Alvah Simon Posted February 3, 2012
Incessant market demand for ever-more-spacious interiors has led to incremental yet ultimately substantial increases in the average freeboard, beam-to-length ratio, and transom width of modern sailboats. Unchecked, this volume-driven trend will undoubtedly exceed limitations affecting sensible deck layout, sailing performance, seakindliness, and aesthetics. With the Catalina 385, a midsize family cruiser, Catalina Yachts’ Gerry Douglas is purposely bucking that tide by returning to what he believes are more balanced proportions and traditional styling.
I suspect that the market will reward this return to reason, for the 385 presents the appealing look of a “modern classic,” and from this there are numerous practical effects to be had. For example, the lowered freeboard allows the on-deck workstations to be brought closer to the center of gravity, thus reducing motion and enhancing safety.
The moderate beam translates into better tracking and less of a penchant for the boat to round up when pushed onto a heavy heel. Some initial form stability may be lost with the reduced beam, but the overall righting forces are dramatically increased in the event of knockdown or capsize.
Not having to contort the deck to conform to excessive spatial requirements below freed Douglas to draw a simple yet spacious T-shaped cockpit. Long, wide, and high-backed benches run from the companionway aft to the steering pedestal. The T then allows the helmsman to sit and steer from either side of the boat or from the removable central helm seat. Despite the wheel’s large diameter, the 7 inches of clearance between the helm and the cockpit sidewalls permits safe and unimpeded access to the winches and running rigging on the cabin top. Once at anchor, the wheel collapses onto itself, eliminating the necessity of removing it for social occasions. Comfortable viewing seats are molded into the robust stern pulpit, adding to the usable outdoor spaces.
The cockpit self-bails through the aft entry, and a 9-inch bridgedeck protects against downflooding. Attractive teak grates keep the feet dry. The wooden cockpit table is strong, practical, and particularly beautiful.
Lifelines that stand 27 inches tall, aggressive nonskid, and good handholds create a safe flow forward. The deep anchor-rode locker houses a powerful electric windlass with both chain and rope gypsies and a stout chain stop. A sizable cleat is provided to make fast snubbers or rope rodes. The up/down switches are convenient yet safely recessed. The twin anchor rollers stand proud enough to protect the stem from damage.
A welcome foredeck feature is a removable strut from which to fly an asymmetric spinnaker, increasingly the downwind sail of choice.
With a SA/D ratio of 17.4, narrower lines, and sophisticated appendages (the lead keel comes in a 4-foot-8-inch bulb or a 6-foot-10-inch fin configuration), the 385 should prove lively in a wide range of winds. Unfortunately, on the day of our test sail, we had nothing but the lightest of zephyrs. But through aggressive maneuvers under power, I was able to get a feel for a hull that should be slippery, quick, and stand up well to its generous canvas. A long traveler with a 6:1 adjuster will provide precise mainsheet control. The helm and engine controls were very smooth, and the Yanmar 40-horsepower diesel produced good power and pace. Catalina still uses traditional shaft drives. While simple to inspect and maintain, they do produce more decibels below.
I’d recommend that potential buyers first discuss in detail what canvas arrangements they prefer, because on the boat we sailed, the bimini, as fitted, totally obstructed any safe view of the mainsail.
The hull is solid glass and vinylester from a foot above the waterline down, and balsa cored from there up. The 4-inch-wide internal hull/deck flange is well bonded and fastened on 2-inch centers. A substantial structural grid absorbs the rigging loads, while a separate liner accepts the interior furniture. Although more likely used as a weekend or coastal cruiser, the 385’s European Union Category A rating, crash-box bulkhead, and ample tank sizes makes this, with a few modifications, a viable offshore candidate.
The hand-finished teak interior comes in a two-cabin layout with a large V-berth forward and an athwart double aft. By designing in only one head with shower, Douglas has recaptured the interior volume lost to on-deck considerations. To my mind, it’s a winning trade-off. The forepeak berth has a clever lifting bed-head that allows one to relax and read comfortably in bed. The stowage is large and easily accessed.
The saloon has an L-shaped settee surrounding an attractive four-leaf expanding table. The end of the port settee acts as the nav-station seat. Across to starboard, twin captain’s chairs sit fore and aft of a cocktail table that drops into a sea berth.
The galley is safely enclosed for cooking under way. It includes a two-burner stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, a large sliding trash bin, two deep sinks, and an opaque splashboard that separates the galley, but not the cook, from the main saloon.
Engine access under the companionway ladder is excellent. The bilges are well laid out, and absolutely everything is labeled. While we found a couple of nicks to grumble about in this boat, which is hull number one, I believe that Catalina’s usual attention to detail, up front and backstage, will be found on subsequent hulls.
Gerry Douglas has tacked off from the main fleet, so to speak, in two other directions. First, he says he wanted to “de-content” the boat—that is, not crowd it with a boatload of modern accoutrements and gadgetry. Secondly, he’s purposely allowed some financial daylight to appear between Catalina and lower-priced models in this class. He believes that this upward repositioning in quality and cost will help keep Catalina commercially viable in today’s market.
In short, the 385 should appeal to sailors who plan to spend a good deal of their time off the dock and actually out there, where these modest changes toward traditional lines will pay more than modest dividends.
LOA 39’ 2” (11.94 m.)
LWL 35’ 5” (10.80 m.)
Beam 13’ 1” (3.99 m.)
Shoal Draft 4’ 8” (1.42 m.)
Fin Draft 6’ 10” (2.08 m.)
Sail Area (100%) 675 sq. ft. (62.7 sq. m.)
Ballast (shoal) 6,200 lb. (2,812 kg.)
Ballast (fin) 5,200 lb. (2,359 kg.)
Displacement 15,500 lb. (7,031 kg.)
Ballast/D (shoal) .40
Ballast/D (fin) .34
Water 100 gal. (379 l.)
Fuel 40 gal. (151 l.)
Holding 30 gal. (113 l.)
Mast Height 54’ 0” (16.46 m.)
Engine 40-hp. Yanmar
Designer Gerry Douglas
21 56th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140