One Owner / Fresh Water / Low Hours
Lightly used for Daysailing / Well Kept
Stored under Shrink Wrap, Shown by Appointment
This Catalina 385 has been lightly used. it has a wing keel, VC-17 bottom paint and the steel storage cradle. Upgraded ultra leather interior cushions, with the unique folding dining table w/ conversion to berth option.
Standard features and equipment include the Selden Spar with furling mainsail w/ verical battens and furlex headsail furler for the genoa. All self-tailing Lewmar winches make this model easy to sail. Other standard items are the electric anchor windlass, lead keel, slotted toe rail and ball bearing blocks, with all lines led to the cockpit.
Dodger w/ Upgraded Makrolon Windows
Added Stainless Steel Run Strake
Bimini w/ Connector, Helm and Cockpit Table Covers
Air conditioning and Reverse Heat, ducted to all cabins
RayMarine Hybrid Touch GPS E-9 w/ HD Radar
RayMarine Speed Depth and Wind
RayMarine VHF w/ Cockpit Mic
RayMarine Autopilot Smart Pilot w/ X-10 Corepack
LCD TV on Main bulkhead w/ Masthead Antenna
Fusion Stereo w/ Ipod Dock, Bose Speakers
Dockside Battery Charger
2 ea 4D 12v Batteries
12v Cabin Fans
Folding Leather Wrapped Lewmar Wheel
Cockpit Dining Table
Closed Cell Cockpit Cushions
Propane Stove w/ Oven
Second Refrigerator / Freezer Option
Real Inner Spring Mattresses
Electric Lift option for owner's berth
Stainless Steel Delta Plow Anchor w/ Line and chain
VC-17 Bottom Paint
BLUE WATER BOATS | CATALINA 385
By Blue Water Sailing Â· On January 26, 2012
Catalina 385 This mid-size family cruiser combines traditional good looks (and values) with a long list of innovations and refinements
The afternoon we test-sailed the new Catalina 385 on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, the breeze was a pleasant 10 knots out of the northeast and the bay fairly calm. As we motored out of Back Creek, we rolled out the mainsail and then rolled out the red, white and blue screecher. The 385 put her shoulder down and started to really scream as we watched the speedo climb from 5 to 6 and finally 7 knots.
With the wind just forward of the beam, the 385 heeled to about 10 degrees. The helm was incredibly light despite the big headsail. With a tweak of the main traveler, we were able to balance the helm to neutral so the boat steered herself straight without a finger on the wheel. This is the mark of a boat that has her proportions just right.
We flew out into the bay and then rolled up the screecher to see how she sailed with the 135 percent genoa. Hard on the wind, the boat maintained a happy 7 knots in the 10 knots of true breeze and tacked inside 90 degrees quite easily. The boat we were sailing has the shoal draft winged keel and a slightly shallower rudder than the deep draft version, but this did not seem to affect her performance upwind and we noted that we were making very little leeway. Again, hard on the wind and heeled to almost 15 degrees, the 385 had a very light helm that was easily balanced with traveler adjustments.
Running back into Annapolis, we hauled the genoa to windward so we could run squarely downwind wing-and-wing. This is not the fastest point of sail, but we still maintained close to 6 knots, which proved that despite a moderate-displacement cruising hull, the 385 is a slippery and handy sailing boat.
The deck layout works really well for a couple sailing together or a larger group. The mainsail controls and traveler are all managed with line stoppers and a winch next to the companionway. The genoa sheets and control line for the headsail are within reach of the helmsman. The cockpit is not overly wide, so you always have a good foot or hip brace point, which allows you to work with both hands. Visibility from the raised helm seats to windward and leeward is excellent.
The Selden spar and headsail roller furling gear work easily and have very smooth actions, so deploying and then furling the sails was a cinch. The Selden bowsprit for the screecher fits neatly in the stemhead fitting and bow rollers so we could tack the big sail down well forward of the pulpit to keep it clear of any potential snags.
Back in Back Creek we put the boat through its paces under power. At cruising revs she will cruise at 6.5 knots easily and can get close to 8 when pushed. The boat has a nice tight turning radius for maneuvering in close quarters, and with a three-bladed prop will stop in two boat lengths from cruising speed. We had to back her into the marina slip in a crosswind, so we gave ourselves plenty of distance and then backed steadily and surely into the slip and managed to pick up both bowlines on their pilings as we slid by.
A couple cruising boat, the 385 packs a lot of performance and ease into the moderate hull and benefits from the developments and evolutions that went into the new 445 and 355, which have both proven so popular over the last two years.
ACCOMMODATIONS The interior of the 385 is finished in hand rubbed and varnished teak and teak veneers, so the whole cabin feels warm and traditional. The saloon has a U-shaped galley with a large fridge, twin sinks and a propane stove and oven. The navigator desk faces aft and has a folding top that will accommodate a laptop computer. The electrical panel is outboard and shielded by a tinted acrylic door so you can monitor the panel without having it glaring in your face.
The L-shaped dinette to port has a quad-leaf folding table that will seat several people when open, but takes up very little space when folded. On the boat we tested, the table was varnished to a very high gloss and looked magnificent. Across from the dinette, the twin easy seats are separated by a folding table that will be useful for playing cards or board games. The bench in the dinette will make an excellent sea berth.
The owner cabin and the spa-style head are forward. The large double berth with an inner-spring mattress has an articulated tilt mechanism, so you can lounge in bed in the face up position or sleep in the normal face down position. The head has a designer sink, a huge shower stall and plenty of storage for bathroom articles and the medicine kit.
The 385 holds 100 gallons of water, so you will not have to skimp on washing up. Plus, with a six-gallon hot water heater, you should have plenty of hot water for short showers. The guest cabin aft has a large athwartship double berth and a small bench where you can sit while putting on your shoes. Plus, there are large lockers for storage of your guest gear and for spare parts and all the sundries cruisers collect along the way.
For a couple or a family, the 385 is laid out to provide comfort and privacy in the sleeping cabins and open living in the saloon. You could literally fit a dozen people below decks for, say, the boat christening party.
DETAILS The 385 is a production built cruiser that employs proven production techniques. The hull is a one-piece hand laid fiberglass molding with a large internal grid fixed in place with aerospace adhesives and fiberglass tabbing. The deck is a cored composite molding that offers stiffness under foot and good heat and sound insulation. A large molded deck liner provides a fully finished ceiling that complements the teak joinery.
The forward section of the hull has what Catalina calls the Strike Zone; this is a watertight compartment forward of the forward bulkhead that will prevent water ingress should you run up on a half submerged object such as a container.
The mast is deck-stepped with a large compression post beneath it, which transfers compression loads to the internal grid and the keel. The mast shrouds run to Catalina unique Secure Socket chainplates, which in turn transfer sidestay loads to the chainplates that are firmly glassed into the boat structural grid; this system also helps to prevent deck leaks around the chainplates.
The boat engine and systems have been installed with regular maintenance in mind. The well insulated engine compartment keeps engine noise to a minimum. And special hatches and doors have been provided, so you can check and top up engine oil and cooling fluid quickly and easily. Should you need to get to the whole engine, the engine box slides out for full 360Ëš access to the motor.
Under the water, Catalina uses lead for their keels and engineers massive, robust stainless steel bolt attachments to the integral hull grid. The rudder is a hand-molded fiberglass part with a stainless steel rudderpost and internal stainless steel framing for strength. The rudder post is fixed in place with a large watertight rudder bearing and is operated via the Edson steering system and quadrant.
Down below, you will find that the furniture is assembled by hand and all pieces have solid teak corner posts and solid wood cabinet doors and drawer fronts. The main interior doors are solid teak as well and have top and bottom louvers that enhance ventilation to inhibit mildew growth. Drawers are all wood with stainless self-closing steel sliders.
The engineering and construction details that go into modern Catalinas combine the best in traditional production construction techniques with a definite emphasis on quality, not only in the manufactured parts but also in the choice of OEM equipment such as hatches and ports, and optional equipment such as inverters and battery chargers. The company strives to build boats that are safe, sail well, are easy to maintain and will hold value for a long time. In the 385, they have certainly succeeded.
Cruising World Review
Sailors will find a lot to like in the traditional lines and layout of this new design from Gerry Douglas. "Boat Review" from our February 2012 issue.
By Alvah Simon February 3, 2010
Incessant market demand for ever-more-spacious interiors has led to incremental yet ultimately substantial increases in the average freeboard, beam-to-length ratio, and transom width of modern sailboats. Unchecked, this volume-driven trend will undoubtedly exceed limitations affecting sensible deck layout, sailing performance, seakindliness, and aesthetics.
With the Catalina 385, a midsize family cruiser, Catalina Yachts Gerry Douglas is purposely bucking that tide by returning to what he believes are more balanced proportions and traditional styling.
I suspect that the market will reward this return to reason, for the 385 presents the appealing look of a modern classic, and from this there are numerous practical effects to be had. For example, the lowered freeboard allows the on-deck workstations to be brought closer to the center of gravity, thus reducing motion and enhancing safety.
The moderate beam translates into better tracking and less of a penchant for the boat to round up when pushed onto a heavy heel. Some initial form stability may be lost with the reduced beam, but the overall righting forces are dramatically increased in the event of knockdown or capsize.
Not having to contort the deck to conform to excessive spatial requirements below freed Douglas to draw a simple yet spacious T-shaped cockpit. Long, wide, and high-backed benches run from the companionway aft to the steering pedestal. The T then allows the helmsman to sit and steer from either side of the boat or from the removable central helm seat. Despite the wheel large diameter, the 7 inches of clearance between the helm and the cockpit sidewalls permits safe and unimpeded access to the winches and running rigging on the cabin top. Once at anchor, the wheel collapses onto itself, eliminating the necessity of removing it for social occasions. Comfortable viewing seats are molded into the robust stern pulpit, adding to the usable outdoor spaces.
The cockpit self-bails through the aft entry, and a 9-inch bridgedeck protects against downflooding. Attractive teak grates keep the feet dry. The wooden cockpit table is strong, practical, and particularly beautiful.
Lifelines that stand 27 inches tall, aggressive nonskid, and good handholds create a safe flow forward. The deep anchor-rode locker houses a powerful electric windlass with both chain and rope gypsies and a stout chain stop. A sizable cleat is provided to make fast snubbers or rope rodes. The up/down switches are convenient yet safely recessed. The twin anchor rollers stand proud enough to protect the stem from damage.
A welcome foredeck feature is a removable strut from which to fly an asymmetric spinnaker, increasingly the downwind sail of choice.
With a SA/D ratio of 17.4, narrower lines, and sophisticated appendages (the lead keel comes in a 4-foot-8-inch bulb or a 6-foot-10-inch fin configuration), the 385 should prove lively in a wide range of winds. Unfortunately, on the day of our test sail, we had nothing but the lightest of zephyrs. But through aggressive maneuvers under power, I was able to get a feel for a hull that should be slippery, quick, and stand up well to its generous canvas.
A long traveler with a 6:1 adjuster will provide precise mainsheet control. The helm and engine controls were very smooth, and the Yanmar 40-horsepower diesel produced good power and pace. Catalina still uses traditional shaft drives. While simple to inspect and maintain, they do produce more decibels below.
I'd recommend that potential buyers first discuss in detail what canvas arrangements they prefer, because on the boat we sailed, the bimini, as fitted, totally obstructed any safe view of the mainsail.
The hull is solid glass and vinylester from a foot above the waterline down, and balsa cored from there up. The 4-inch-wide internal hull/deck flange is well bonded and fastened on 2-inch centers. A substantial structural grid absorbs the rigging loads, while a separate liner accepts the interior furniture. Although more likely used as a weekend or coastal cruiser, the 385s European Union Category A rating, crash-box bulkhead, and ample tank sizes makes this, with a few modifications, a viable offshore candidate.
The hand-finished teak interior comes in a two-cabin layout with a large V-berth forward and an athwart double aft. By designing in only one head with shower, Douglas has recaptured the interior volume lost to on-deck considerations. To my mind, it's a winning trade-off.
The forepeak berth has a clever lifting bed-head that allows one to relax and read comfortably in bed. The stowage is large and easily accessed. The saloon has an L-shaped settee surrounding an attractive four-leaf expanding table. The end of the port settee acts as the nav-station seat. Across to starboard, twin captains chairs sit fore and aft of a cocktail table that drops into a sea berth.
The galley is safely enclosed for cooking under way. It includes a two-burner stove, a microwave, a refrigerator, a large sliding trash bin, two deep sinks, and an opaque splashboard that separates the galley, but not the cook, from the main saloon.
Catalina gets so many small things right the little makeup table in the forepeak, a large bank of drawers, a huge hanging locker, lifting pistons on locker lids, to name but a few.
Engine access under the companionway ladder is excellent. The bilges are well laid out, and absolutely everything is labeled. While we found a couple of nicks to grumble about in this boat, which is hull number one, I believe that Catalinas usual attention to detail, up front and backstage, will be found on subsequent hulls.
Gerry Douglas has tacked off from the main fleet, so to speak, in two other directions. First, he says he wanted to de-content the boat hat is, not crowd it with a boatload of modern accoutrements and gadgetry. Secondly, he's purposely allowed some financial daylight to appear between Catalina and lower-priced models in this class. He believes that this upward repositioning in quality and cost will help keep Catalina commercially viable in today's market.
In short, the 385 should appeal to sailors who plan to spend a good deal of their time off the dock and actually out there, where these modest changes toward traditional lines will pay more than modest dividends.