The new 425 was the star of the show in the Catalina booth at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this month. Gerry Douglas designed his first 42 over 28 years ago and the 425 is a culmination of all the best design features over the years. He added some innovative new features as well. The port aft cabin is multi-purpose and can be used as a single or double berth or storage with access from a large cockpit locker. The starboard aft cabin double berth can fold up into a settee, making it a great place for working, relaxing or for children to play video games.
Gerry was able to take over three thousand pounds of weight out of this design (the equivalent of an old Chevy Impala) making her lighter, faster and better handling. All of the tanks are below the sole providing better balance and stability. The 13’8” beam gives you plenty of interior space. Butterfly hatches and large fixed ports in the cabin top and hull allow plenty of light inside.
The 425 includes the usual Catalina design features such as impact zone and lead keel, but some new features were incorporated into the model; for example, a self-tacking jib, a molded toe rail and the deck is now made of carbon-core.
Rather than use a plumb bow, the design team ran extensive tests and came up with a bow angle of 9%. This extends the LWL while allowing the anchor enough room to swing after breaking the water without hitting the bow.
The U shaped dinette converts into a queen bunk and the bulkhead is large enough to accommodate a 46” smart TV which can be used as a repeater for the chart plotter – very cool.
Bryce and Jane Johnson, who attended the Annapolis Sailboat Show, recently completed the Great Loop in their Catalina 400. Bryce was impressed with the new Catalina 425 and said “The way we see it… Catalina has included the fundamental design traits we love about our 400 and then wrapped it into a great new design. This includes twin wheels, exceptional standing rigging design, large cockpit and classic Catalina interior design. The new 425 provides a design similar to the 445. Slightly smaller but better price point. The 425 provides improved storage and unparalleled access to the engine, generator and water heater. Simple additions like a dingy motor mount, perch seat cup holders, twin anchor locker sections and triple 8D batteries enhance the cruising experience. The wide side decks provide easy access to the fore deck for anchoring, docking or just hanging out. It is hard not to like the new 425.”