First Look: Catalina 385

It’s good to see the folks at Catalina continue to launch new models like the 385 and it’s obvious that Catalina’s long-time designer Gerry Douglas knows what his customers want. He consistently delivers well thought out models like the 385 that invariably have the Catalina “look” while also improve on previous designs.

According to advanced reports, the 385 is the latest in the new line of Catalinas that began with the 445 and was followed by the 355. And it’s east to see that the 385 uses the successful design features and proportions–moderate beam carried well aft for a spacious cockpit, modest freeboard for reduced windage, and an innovative interior–that all Catalinas have become known for.

Some of the 385’s refinements include: a collision bulkhead aft of the anchor locker, contoured helm seating, molded instrument pods at the helm with convenient primary winches and a new backstay system. The mast support system features Catalina’s unique SecureSocket™ chain plates for superior load resolution. An optional asymmetrical spinnaker is optimized by a removable Selden bowsprit that can be stored in the anchor locker when not in use.

Below, Catalina uses teak and teak veneers for classic warmth, hand-finished with clear varnishes to preserve its natural beauty with less maintenance. A navigation desk with recessed laptop compartment has dedicated power ports. The custom Catalina electrical panel is neatly concealed behind a tinted acrylic door that allows for continual monitoring of power use, with a wiring system engineered for easy access.

The main cabin has generous seating with a custom folding table, and a port dinette that easily converts to a single berth. A linear cabinet has plenty of storage and maintains open site lines through the cabin. Polished handrails and fittings complement the teak interior cabinetry. The galley is optimized for convenience at sea or at the dock.

The owner’s cabin is forward with a custom, articulating innerspring mattress; an electrical lift is available for more comfortable reading or viewing TV. Guest accommodations are aft with a large double berth and storage lockers. A spa-style head and large shower complements its roomy interior.

According to Douglas, 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.

The 385 appears to do just that.

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