Murray Yacht Sales was the Gulf Coast Catalina dealer in the 1980s and we know the Catalina Team and models well. The Morgan 381 (the first Gerry Douglas designed Morgan introduced in 1993) evolved into the Catalina 380, 387, and 390. The 390 hull, deck, and rig is in fact identical to the C380 with the only change being a two cabin layout aft.
by Herb Mccormick
When one of the biggest production sailboat builders in the world corrals top honors in a no-holds-barred fleet of extremely able contenders — including some candidates that fetch tens of thousands of dollars more than the winning yacht — it’s time to take serious notice. So gather around for a look at the breakthrough 1997 Midsize Cruiser Of The Year — the Catalina 380.
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.
Welcome to the website for Catalina C380, C387, C385 and C390 Yachts. Note that the site has been optimized for searches so be sure to take advantage of the search field in the right column.
Our owners will find news, photos and technical information about their boats here, and those thinking about owning one will find ample reason to get on over to the dealer. We love our boats!
The Catalina 380 International Association has over 250 members from around the world. Our fleets provide sailing, social and technical support opportunities from coast to coast. Members are encouraged to start new fleets wherever three or more of our boats are close together. We hope you will find this to be a valuable resource, as well as an enjoyable browsing experience. Welcome to our world!
The polar data is provided by Catalina Yachts, David Graas. It was generated by a velocity prediction program. The wind speed and direction is for true wind.
|Standard Rig||Tall Rig|
|Wing Keel, 135 Jib||Wing Keel, 135 Jib|
|Wing Keel, 155 Jib||Wing Keel, 155 Jib|
|Fin Keel, 135 Jib||Fin Keel, 135 Jib|
|Fin Keel, 155 Jib||Fin Keel, 155 Jib|
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