Thirty- Five Year Timeline - Catalina Yachts

(Excerpts from Catalina Yachts material and other sources edited by Kevin Murray )

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July 1969 - Frank Butler, formerly of Columbia Yachts, built Catalina’s first model, the Catalina 22,  in North Hollywood, CA.  The company hoped to build 100 boats if all went well.

March 1970 - Catalina’s second model, the Catalina 27, was introduced following the success of the Catalina 22.

December 1974 - Catalina’s third model, the Catalina 30, was introduced; the trend- setting design was an immediate sales success and won  its class in the Newport to Ensenada Race.

January 1977 -  The Catalina 25 is first produced.

June 1978 - The Catalina 38 began when Molds for a Sparkman & Stephens racing design were purchased from Yankee Boat Company.  Frank Butler redesigning the interior and gave it a Catalina deck, taller mast, shorter boom, and moved the rudder (changed to spade).  The Catalina 38 replaced the Cal 40 as the official Congressional Cup boat.

July 1982 - The first Catalina 36 was completed at the Woodland Hills, CA . plant.

May 1984 - Catalina acquired Morgan Yachts in Largo, Fl., which becomes the Morgan Division of Catalina, specializing in cruising and charter boats and building many Catalina models on the East Coast.

January 1986 -  The Catalina 34, first produced in the 1986 model year (with the first hulls constructed in 1985). The early 1985 and 1986 hulls have a deck stepped mast with a Universal 25 (21HP) diesel engine.  Later boats have a larger engine and keel stepped masts.

January 1987 - Capri 18 is introduced.  Within the year, singlehanded sailor Shane St. Clair sailed his Capri 18 from Oxnard, CA., to Hawaii in 28 days.

January 1989 - The first Catalina 42 was built. 100 hulls were delivered in the first year, breaking U.S. production records.   The hull was adapted from an earlier racing hull designed by Nelson Merik, with a new cabin top, interior, and rig in order to make it a comfortable coastal cruiser.  The boat is moderately stiff and capable of weather legs approaching 8 knots, and downwind action which can push the knot meter past 15 knots. 

March 1990 - The Catalina Capri 37 was selected and produced for the Congressional Cup, replacing the ever popular Catalina 38, the first time a fleet of 11 had been designed and built especially for the Congressional Cup. Chris Dickson won.

January 1991 - Catalina 38 was retired.

July 1991 - The first Catalina 28 was built.

August 1991 - Catalina’s Morgan Division completes Procyon, a 65- foot test boat for new concepts in yacht design and construction for Harken and Procyon Inc.

November 1992 - Catalina’s Morgan Division introduces the Morgan 381, the first all new Morgan model in a decade.

December 1992 - The Catalina 270 was unveiled, replacing the C- 27 and the boat won one of  “Boat of the Year” awards from Cruising World Magazine.

February 1993 - The Catalina 320 was introduced at the first “Sail Expo” and was enthusiastically received by new owners.

February 1994 - The Catalina 400 was introduced at “Sail Expo,” the only twin- wheel boat built in the U.S.; it was the hit of the show.

February 1994 - The Capri 16.5 was introduced at “Sail Expo,” a beach launchable performance sailing dinghy for sailors with a wide range of ages and skills.

May 1994 - The Catalina 250 was introduced as the first water ballast trailerable sailboat from Catalina.

November 1994 - The Catalina 42 Mark II  was introduced with the two cabin MK II hull #480 in 11/94. The first three cabin MK II was hull #505 built in 5/95 . The most significant changes were the carrying of the beam further aft with a subsequent enlargement of the cockpit and a larger transom with softer lines. The rudder has also been redesigned and features a larger elliptical shape for increased control.

January 1995 - The Catalina 22 Mark II was introduced with a re- designed enlarged deck,  and a new interior.

March 1995 - The Catalina 36 Mark II “Boat of the Year” from Cruising World Magazine.

February 1996 - The Catalina 34 MarkII was introduced with a redesigned and enlarged deck, a reconfigured transom, and a new  interior.

March 1996 - The Catalina 28 Mark II was introduced and won one of  the “Boat of the Year” awards from Cruising World Magazine.

April 1996 - The Catalina 380 was introduced as a reflection of the priorities expressed by experienced sailing couples and families.  It won the 1997 “Boat of the Year” awards from Cruising World Magazine, in the Mid - Size Cruising class.

January 1998 - The Catalina 470 was introduced.  

February 1999 - The Catalina 310 was introduced and  won the “Boat of the Year” award from Cruising World Magazine, in the Pocket Cruiser class.  In February 2000 it was selected by Sail Magazine and its readers as one of the Top 10 sailboats for 2000.

January 2001- The Catalina 390 is introduced and nominated for the “Boat of the Year” awards from Cruising World Magazine, in the Mid - Size Cruising class.  This boat is substantially a 380 with a spilt rear cabin and reconfigured head floor plan to allow egress to the third stateroom.  

September 2001 - The Catalina Capri 22 was updated and was selected by Sail Magazine and its readers as one of the Top 10 sailboats for 2001.

January 2002 - The Catalina 350 was introduced to enthusiastic reviews.  One hundred boats were sold during the first model year.

July 2002 - The Catalina Expo 12.5 and 14.2 were introduced.  These are particularly easy to sail for both younger and older sailors.

January 2003 - The Catalina 387 was introduced.  This model is a substantially reconfigured 380, with changes to the aft stateroom floor plan, main cabin ports and hatches, and a longer cockpit.  The rudder and the prop shaft supports were changed.  It is offered with two rear stateroom option (centerline and athwartship).   The Catalina 380 and 390 models were retired.