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Accommodations

Catalina sticks with teak for its interiors. Many surfaces are veneer, but scuff points—passageways and table edges—are solid wood so that wear and tear can be refinished.

Dig the details: Above the nav station, an electrical panel behind glass with voltage metering and the top two switches dedicated to cabin lights (easing those black-night searches). A nav station including a recessed, covered laptop cuddy (and it even feels good to sit there). A long drawer for paper charts. Two heads—housed in separately-molded components—on opposite sides, facing in, means that one should always be usable, whatever the heel. In the master stateroom forward, a bed that electrically tilts for reading. Aft cabins divided 60/40 because on most boats, most of the time, two sleeping cabins suffice, while storage and workspace are at a premium. If you need another sleeping cabin, there it is.

Under sail

Our day was light by San Francisco Bay community standards (but sandwiched between 30-knot blows, so I’m not complaining) and we appreciated the extra punch of the optional asymmetric spinnaker. Riding on its own furler, the spinnaker was tacked to a removable bowsprit attached, in turn, to dedicated points built into the anchor roller. Then, even in a wimpy breeze, hull number one was alive. The steering felt good, with no obvious resistance in the doubled mechanics, and I felt comfortable moving around the deck, bouncing off the extra-high lifelines. It was not a day for authoritative performance assessments, but reaching in patches of 6-8-knots we nudged up near the speed of the wind often enough to feel confident of the performance.

Under power

Yanmar’s 50-horse 4JH-2BE has been fitted into larger, heavier boats without issues, and it will take good care of the 445. Basic, quick access is as easy as popping open the ladder (with built-in tool box cuddy) or using one of the cunningly placed hatches, and the entire assembly can be unscrewed for 360-degree access. A thing of beauty is the dedicated fuel-filter cabinet, housing an arrangement as clean and serviceable as you’ll find anywhere. Single-station engine controls are thoughtfully mounted at the starboard wheel, your give-way side under power for closing traffic.

Conclusion

Catalina builds people-pleasing boats, and the company’s service ethic keeps many owners in the fold as they step up to larger boats. The 445 promises to continue the tradition. The slight performance flavor does not compromise it as a cruising platform or as a place to entertain. The interior is bright and livable. If you’re thinking about anything remotely like this you will want to consider the 445.

Vital statistics

Headroom: 6'9"

V-berth: 6'7"x5'2"

Settees: 6'8"x2'1"

Cockpit seats: 6'4"x1'8"

Specifications

LOA: 44'5"

LWL: 38'4"

Beam: 13'7"

Draft: (fin keel/wing): 6'4"/4'10"

Displacement: (fin keel/wing) 23,500/ 24,300 lbs

Ballast: (fin keel/wing) 7,200/8,000 lbs

Sail area: (100% foretriangle) 856 ft2

Electrical: 600 AH

Fuel/Water/Waste: 66/178/54 gal

Displacement-Length Ratio: 187

Sail Area-Displacement Ratio: 16.7

Ballast-Displacement Ratio: 31%

Power: 50hp diesel

Designer: Gerry Douglas

Builder: Catalina Yachts, 818-884-7700,

Price: $254,950, FOB Largo, FL

Our Take

Pros:

  • Easily-driven hull and user-friendly sailplan
  • Ergonomic deck and cockpit layout
  • Inviting belowdeck accommodations
  • Cons:

  • Inmast furling won’t appeal to all
  • Forward master cabin works better at anchor than at sea
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