Originally Posted by jeremiason
Catalina Yachts produced its first boat, the Catalina
22 in Hollywood, CA in 1969.
Later (Early 1970s) they opened the Woodland Hills Production Facility.
Yachts in Largo Florida
and slowly moved all of their manufacturing to the Florida
facility. In 2008, they closed the Woodland Hills production facility, but continue to produce Yachts at the Largo factory.
Woodland Hills remains the company Headquarters,
Also Catalina Yachts continues to be the largest and longest running privately owned Yacht manufacture in the USA.
At last count they have produced over 60,000 boats since 1969.
Thanks, Tom! It always irks me when someone tells me that I didn't do what I did, in fact, do! A group of us, five in number, wanted to buy Cat 22s. Went to the Oakland dealer, asked what sort of deal he would give us for an order for five boats. The answer was list price
and a 3 month wait. So, we contacted Frank Butler and became dealers ourselves, located in the great maritime center of Turlock. Got 18% off list and one month delivery
. I built trailers for all five, and when we picked up the boats in Hollywood, the predominately Mexican work force made a lot of snide comments about them in Spanish. They were pretty embarrassed when one of our group then answered them in fluent (gutter) Spanish. Got on well after that!
Frank was (and is if I'm correct) a kinda odd fellow, but one hell of an astute observer of the real life yachting scene. His continued success is a result of the ability to build boats that actually reflect the way American boats are used among other things. I admire his methodology and his success and wish him well, even though my needs have deviated from his product line.