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BOAT OWNERS REVIEW

2003 Catalina 350: A Big, Comfortable, All Around Boat! By Harmon Heed Photos by Harmon Heed unless noted otherwise. Joe Kujawski’s Catalina 350, Tranquility. Photo by Kinja Aerial, courtesy of Joe Kujawski (Catalina 350 club website).

LOA 36’5” LOD 35’3” LWL 31’3” Beam 13’ Draft: Fin Keel 6’8”; Wing Keel 4’6” Displacement: Fin Keel 12,937 pounds; Wing Keel 14,012 pounds Ballast: Fin Keel 5,137 pounds; Wing Keel 6,212 pounds Ratio Displacement/Length: Fin Keel 189; Wing Keel 205 Sail Area: Main 276 sq. ft.; Foretriangle 613 sq. ft. Ratio Sail Area/Displacement: Fin Keel 17.8; Wing Keel 20.5 Engine Universal: 35B 35 HP Fuel: 39 gallons Water: 88.5 gallons Waste: 22 gallons

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he Catalina 350 is a very versatile boat—fun for day sailing, coastal cruising and/or racing. You can have fun and do all for the price of one. Here’s what I learned by crewing on Ron Greenberg and Joan Engelbach’s Forever Young for two years. Day Sailing Although, at 35 feet, it is only a mid-range-size boat, it looks and feels much larger. That’s because of its wide 13-foot beam, high freeboard and wide side decks. Coming aboard at the life line gates leads you into a spacious cockpit with 8’ 6” seats, which are long enough for Shaq O’Neal to stretch out on and wide enough to support your thighs— and with high, contoured backrests for comfort. In the center, forward from the pedestal, is a drop-leaf table with a covered compartment on top to hold cameras, cell phones, sun block and other things you want close at hand but not sliding around. Under the starboard seat is a cavernous lazarette big enough for large fenders, a deflated dinghy (or person) to hide in. Many models have built-in shelves outboard.

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