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Catalina 36 Mk I

Brief details

Builder

Catalina Yachts, California, USA

The Catalina 36 is a US-built production cruiser, which although rare in the UK, was built in very large numbers. The example illustrated is a Mk I version, but there are not huge differences betwen these and the later Mk II versions. Both offer a remarkably spacious and comfortable cruising boat for the money.

LOA

36' 4"

Sail area

555 sq ft at 100% foretriangle

LWL

30' 3"

Rig

Sloop

Beam

11' 11"

Cabins

Forecabin, heads and saloon

Draught

4' 3" wing or 5' 10" fin

Berths

6/7

Displacement

14,100 lbs

Engine

Lombardini diesel

Ballast

6,600 lbs

BHP

28

Keel type

Fin or winged keel and spade rudder

Sailplan

Catalina Yachts was started in 1969 by Frank Butler, formerly of Coronado Yachts. The first model was the Catalina 22, and by the beginning of the 1980s over 10,000 of these had been built, along with 27, 30 and 38 ft models.

Designed by Frank Butler and Gerry Douglas, the first Catalina 36 was built in 1982, and with various very minor alterations these Mk I boats were in production until 1993/94. The Mk II then remained in production until 2005, by which time over 3,000 36s had been built. The main differences are that Mk II boats have a sugarscoop stern, and extra hull windows, plus a slightly different aft cabin layout.

The Catalina 36 was built with a choice of a 5' 10" lead fin keel, or a 4' 3" lead winged fin - the wing keel being a very common choice by buyers. The high volume of manufacture means that although Catalina prices can be kept relatively low, the build quality is better than a pure "built down to a price" boat. The hulls of the Catalina 36 are solid GRP, with no balsa or foam cores. The deck of the Mk I boats is a GRP sandwich with marine ply as the core. Mk II boats have balsa sandwich decks.

Catalinas are sometimes regarded as US equivalents of Westerlys - but without the drooping headlinings. The interiors are also remarkably spacious - Americans often find European boats cramped.

Catalina 36

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Catalina 36 Mk I
Craned out
Forecabin
Heads
Saloon table

As standard the Catalina 36 has a dinette table to port, with two seats to starboard with a folding table between them. This small table between the two starboard seats drops to form a single berth.

Table removed
Accommodation plan

Galley

The interior joinery is in teak and teak-faced ply, and tThe galley has twin sinks,
twin iceboxes and a gimballed two-burner and oven cooker.

Galley detail
Chart table
Detail
Saloon aft

The aft "cabin" on the Mk I boats is separated from the saloon by a roll-down blind rather than a door,
possibly to avoid it being too stuffy in hot climates. It can be configured as a under-cockpit double plus a single berth (first photo below) or with an infill as a very large transverse double as in the second photo. Later Mk II boats had a door to the aft cabin, with a very large double berth.

Aft berths open
Aft berths as transverse double

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Engine

The yacht illustrated had the original engine (probably a Universal diesel)
replaced by a 28 hp Lombardini diesel

Catalina 36

Deck

Bow detail

An anchor windlass is inside the locker lid

Deck aft

The mast is keel-stepped

Rig
Cockpit aft
Cockpit
Cockpit forward
Companionway

The companionway is unusually wide compared to most European boats,
with a relatively low bridgedeck for easier access between saloon and cockpit

Wheel
Catalina 36
Moored aft

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