The Catalina 355 sports a new hull design with a long waterline an an aesthetically pleasing low-profile cabin among many other attributes. Catalina took the admired qualities of the fast, safe and spacious 445 and used them for the basis of the 355.
The 355 was designed for ease of use and pleasurable sailing whether your intention is an extended journey or a day trip with family and friends. It has a generous 12' beam that provides large, unobstructed weather decks, inboard shrouds and hardware that create tighter sheeting angles for better upwind performance and a 5' long traveler for precise and easy mainsail control.
The 355's predecessor, the 445, lent some of it's more desirable features to the development of this much sought-after sailing cruiser. The design boasts a favorable articulating forward berth with an innerspring mattress, a dedicated filter locker and a large cockpit locker with gullwing hatch - to name a few.
Catalina's last three new models have all won boat of the year awards, setting a high standard for builders world wide. No matter what size boat fits your lifestyle, Catalina strives to create the best possible ownership experience. If you're looking for a long-term relationship with a high-quality American brand, it's definitely time to consider Catalina Yachts. Catalina has a history of building good boats that are a great value for their customers. The key is with each new design, they are not trying to reinvent the wheel. Their designers incorporate proven features with new ideas and a lot of suggestions from boat owners. This helps avoid overly trendy styling and gives their line continuity. This thorough process also helps to insure a good resale value for Catalina owners should they decide to sell in the future.
The Catalina 355 is a versatile, fast, safe and comfortable cruising sailboat with a surprising amount of space for it's size. The attractive low-profile cabin structure makes it very easy on the eyes as well. With all these sparkling attributes, it's no wonder it has been chosen the best sailboat for 2011.
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