John martino, annapolis school of seamanship and annapolis yacht         management
The following review was written by John Martino and prepared by the marketing department of Chesapeake Bay Magazine. Mr. Martino is the founder and president of Annapolis Yacht Management and Annapolis School of Seamanship. He develops and teaches hands-on training courses for recreational boaters and professional mariners, and offers yacht delivery and onboard training services for powerboaters as well as sailors.
Catalina 375
APRIL 2009
 
   
Length overall  38' 6"
LWL  37' 4"
Beam  13'
Draft (Fin Keel)  6'10"
Draft (Wing Keel)  4'8"
Approx. Displ. (Fin Keel)  15,500 lb
Approx. Displ. (Wing Keel)  16,500 lb
Water 97 gal
Price $184,00 (Sail away US Sail Boat Show)


From the moment you step aboard the Catalina 375, you will find that everything has been designed for comfort and convenience. From the walk-through transom to the height and angle of the cockpit seats to the placement of the shroud chain plates, Catalina Yachts has produced a boat that avoids many of those little nuisances that sailors seem to notice but don't really talk about--like uncomfortable cockpit seating, meager lifelines or having to negotiate narrow side decks obstructed by mast shrouds. Catalina has addressed these issues and more to produce a well-equipped able sailer.

Down below is surprisingly commodious. The deck-stepped mast and integral structural support system hidden behind the interior joinery allows for an open and spacious saloon that feels bigger than usual for a boat this size. All interior wood comes in either teak or ash and is finished with clear varnish. The sole is a rugged, low maintenance textured vinyl that looks like teak and holly. But the Catalina design team's attention to detail extends beyond the interior lay-out and moves even deeper into a new structural grid system that transfers the downward force of the mast to the keel without the need for a compression post or keel stepping. The system also helps reduce the normal flex between hull and deck and should help keep the boat stiff and dry by mitigating potential leakage from deck penetrations.

The saloon comes in two layout options. The settee is to port and can either be L-shaped with a pedestal table or straight with a fold-down table mounted on the forward bulkhead. The chart table is aft of the settee and faces outboard. To starboard, there is additional seating for two with a small table between. The galley is aft on the starboard side and features a range, a double sink, a microwave, a front-loading refrigerator/freezer, and a top-loading ice box that can be upgraded to a fridge or freezer.

The head is to port and forward of the saloon. It has a separate stall shower. All the way forward, there is a centerline queen bunk with inner spring mattress. The aft cabin has an athwart-ship double bunk.

Engine access is offered in two stages. First, service panels are conveniently positioned to provide access for routine engine checks and simple maintenance. If more involved service procedures are required, the engine box opens up to give good working room and access.

The cockpit layout is well conceived to provide comfortable seating for an active working crew or a dockside social gathering. Eight-foot cockpit benches make a great place to stretch out and catch a nap. The split back stay, walk-through transom and folding helm make walking straight through from swim platform to the companionway easy when dockside or at anchor. All sail control lines lead back to the cockpit, but should you have to go forward, you have the advantage of wide side decks and shrouds set inboard so as to not impede your movement. Extra tall lifelines provide added security.

Building on decades of experience and the feedback from a loyal owner base, Catalina Yachts designed the 375 with the sailor in mind.