Having won Cruising World “Boat of the Year” for full-size cruisers and Sail Magazine’s “Best Boat” after its launch, the Catalina 445 is a proven choice for sailors seeking to be comfortable and secure.
With a long waterline and moderate beam and freeboard, the 445 delivers excellent performance in a wide range of conditions. The hull is optimized to provide the gentle, predictable motion underway which Catalina owners have come to expect.
The deck is crisp and clean, with a low profile cabin structure, twin helm stations, and contoured and elevated helm seating for comfort and visibility. The traditional diamond-patterned non-skid surface provides secure footing and easy maintenance. The roomy cockpit has tall, secure, comfortable coamings and the cockpit table seats 4 to 6 for sociable entertaining. The primary winches are sited for easy operation by the helmsman and extra-long genoa tracks can accommodate a wide-range of sails from a powerful 155% genoa to a storm jib.
The accommodations are designed for live-aboard comfort. The owner’s cabin is forward for privacy and optimum ventilation and it incorporates an elevating mattress as standard for TV viewing and reading. Private head access from the forward cabin along with an electric head and separate shower complete the forward cabin arrangement. The guest cabin is aft with a large comfortable double berth, angled for easy access and greater headroom. The 445 incorporates an innovative third cabin located on the port side, which is a flexible space that can easily be converted to whatever your cruising style dictates at the time – work room with a bench, storage or sleeping quarters with double or bunkbeds. The third cabin locker has space for a washer/dryer. Extra accommodation is found by lowering the dining table to form a double berth and lowering the starboard dinette to form a berth or settee.
The galley is fully optimized for practical, cook-friendly convenience and comfort while underway. The pantry has vinyl coated wire racks and special lockers for canned goods, bottles and cookware. The interior cabinetry is solidly constructed and varnished to highlight the natural beauty of the traditional woods.
All systems are engineered for accessibility and reliability, following the applicable recommendations and standards of ABYC and IMCI.
Unique among production boats, the 445 is built with a one-piece structural sub-sole grid, hand-laminated in a separate mold and bonded to the hull for long term durability, strength and stiffness without excess weight. Wood is never used in the structural system because it is subject to rot and deterioration.
The Catalina 445’s fin or wing keel is cast lead for safety, superior performance and stability. Unlike cast iron keels, it will not rust or require elaborate maintenance.
The feeling at the wheel is firm, and the twin helms with the cushioned wrap-around seats made it remarkably easy to find a comfortable driving position with good line of sight. I can’t think of another boat where I have felt quite so comfortable sitting at the helm. - Abner Kingman, Sailing Magazine
You can tell the 445 was designed and built by sailors for sailors because there are hand holds everywhere and fiddles on the tables and around the galley counter. I’ve not seen a production boat with such a flexible cabin and think it is a great idea. - George Day, Blue Water Sailing Magazine
The Catalina philosophy embraces ‘designing boats that stand up to real-world conditions, sail well, are comfortable above and below, easy to maintain and hold their value’. The 445 might have been born on a clean sheet of paper to be an aggressive performer, but it still fits all the elements of the Catalina philosophy. And if a boat is fast, comfortable, spacious and safe, what more could you want? - Zuzana Prochazka, Mad Mariner
We sailed the new Catalina 445 in winds that ranged from nearly calm to the mid-teens, and the boat proved to be quite versatile in its ability to sail well in variable conditions. It was easy to handle, and given its layout below, it impressed me as a boat that would be quite suitable for a couple who wants to set off on an adventure. - Mark Pillsbury, Cruising World Magazine
The 445 buyer probably wants to do some PHRF racing, but it would be a pity if the boat never went cruising, because this one has the legs for it. - Kimball Livingston, Sail Magazine