For those interested, the Catana
531 in the photo
is of Tizza on the beach at Isla Tabago, Panama
. This type of beach is perfectly suited for beaching cats due to the 15' plus tidal range, the fine soft sand and protection from the prevailing wave direction. Being able to safely beach Tizza was a huge convenience to us as we could easily change out the zincs on the saildrive
, perform any maintenance
, and give the bottom a quick clean without having to dive or haulout.
Having performed this maneuver many times, the hull
design of the 531, and I suspect the 48 as well, proved to be well suited for careening. The stock rudders and saildrive
legs sit well above the sand when resting on the beach. In this photo
Tizza's rudders were almost touching the sand but this is because they were custom made and larger than the shorter stock Catana rudders. The skegs were also custom made and provided further protection for the saildrive legs. Hope this helps.