If you've not been on-board a Catalina
470, do yourself the favor of doing so before you make any decisions on what boat you may want for your further offshore
And do some in-depth research
into what their design/manufacture has taken into account....
(not the least of which is a nice underbody hull
design that does not pound in a seaway, but is also fast and maneuverable, and a hull
, structural grid, deck
, etc. that is more robust that most "bluewater vessels", many of which are 10' larger, including Hylas'....no rudder
issues with the 470!!!....
And not to forget, the nice full-sized aft cabin
w/ queen island berth, in an aft cockpit boat!!!)
I looked at Hylas' (seriously was considering the Hylas 46), Tayana's, Hinckley's etc. (I grew up sailing on a Hinckley, but alas I cannot afford one!), before I even stepped onto a Catalina
(like many, I had thought of Catalina's as "coastal cruisers", but looking into the C470 opened my eyes to the fact that Gerry Douglas REALLY did design this one to be a true bluewater offshore
cruiser.....sorry to say it, but that isn't the case with some of the rest of their product line....)
Yachts and boats for sale - Catalina Yachts
Here are some further info, details, and photos...
C470 Projects by Boat Name
And, here are two Youtube videos of my two most recent Atlantic crossings on my Catalina 470, s/v Annie Laurie.....
Alex, having started cruising offshore and island hoping, as a kid in the mid 1960's, making my first Atlantic crossing
in the late 1970's (on a Hinckley), etc....please understand that my dream boat is a Hinckley SW-52, but since I was a couple million dollars short, I went with my second choice...
(oh, and the lack of exterior brightwork means a LOT less work!!!)
In addition to the great boat, you get great support thru one of the most active and experienced owners groups around (worldwide), as well as support directly from the factory in St. Pete, FL.....where you can call, and get Gerry Douglas (or Frank Butler) himself on the phone
in just a couple minutes, and ask some questions.....whether you bought a "new" Catalina or one that's 10+ years old, or even if you're "just looking", and don't even own one!!! (how many other boat manuf. can provide that??? not many....)
Okay, I'm sorry if I sound like a salesman.....
It's just that you wrote about considering a Hylas (which is exactly where I was about 10 years ago), and that you already did previously own a Catalina/Morgan (albeit not the quickest of the fleet), so I thought I'd pass on my thoughts....
Wishing you fair winds and good luck....
(if you desire more info/advice, get in touch directly or via PM....and I'll bend your ear...
s/v Annie Laurie