The Catalina 42 has earned an international reputation as the leader in her class. By leading in design, cruising performance, and comfort, the Catalina 42 has become the choice of sailors worldwide. The latest Catalina 42 Mark II is the logical result of America’s most experienced sailboat builder continuing to listen carefully to the needs and desires of experienced sailors.
All sailors want speed under sail, easy motion and sure, predictable handling characteristics. For sure tracking, a long horizontal skeg runs aft between wing keel and the rudder. The elliptical rudder is large and balanced, ensuring control in all conditions, whether under sail or power. The hull of the 42 mkII is high volume, and easily driven, with a fine entry, firm midship section, and smooth run aft terminating in a modified reverse transom. The step down boarding platform has a fold-down swim ladder and two lockers that also serve as seats. Impressive speed under power is realized by the dependable four-cylinder diesel engine. Complete access to all power plant maintenance areas is quick and convenient. The Catalina 42 mkII deck was designed with short-handed sailing in mind. All the halyards, the ball bearing mainsheet and the single line main reefing controls are led to the cockpit to be operated from under the dodger when necessary. The wide weather decks and inboard shroud base make passage forward easy and secure. Mainsheet furling is available in both mast and boom configurations.
In continuous production since 1988, the 42 has proved the strength of her design and construction to sailors worldwide. Besides investing in one of the best buys in a new boat, the past history has shown the Catalina 42 has consistently held high resale value when it comes time for your next Catalina.
The cabin features varnished teak joinery and ash side paneling on the hull. Excellent light and ventilation are provided naturally from aluminum framed opening hatches and ports. Numerous recessed halogen lights offer an inviting ambiance.
Recognized the world over as the number one production sailboat over 40 feet, the Catalina 42 is the boat dreams are charted on. We invite you to join hundreds of Catalina 42 owners that are making their dreams a reality.