Hi Eric - yes, I am very happy with the overall build quality. This doesn't mean there aren't problems with the way Catana did some things - as there probably are with any builder
. The electrical
distribution system uses circuit boards positioned at various locations around the boat to accomplish switching - ostensibly to minimize fire hazards and reduce weight of wiring
. I think this is nuts from a maintenance
standpoint. A acquaintence recently discovered he had to cut an access hole to get to the back side of some ganged spinlock clutches to be able to get them off to replace worn cams. Crazy. I don't like the way the primary anchor
rides out on the front cross beam. I wish it could be stowed right under the forward part of the bridge deck
to get the weight off the bow. I wish I had Yanmars instead of Volvos. I wish I had a hard top bimini
. On all the 431s and 471s (and maybe others) the solid saloon
windows that are not slightly curved develop crazing (The theory is that whatever heating
was applied to curve the other ones made them immune to the crazing).
So, I'm being candid about some problems and some things I think Catana could have done better. I bet I'll find more. BUT - all the good points far outweigh the bad. I've sailed a lot of monos and cats in my 40+ years of sailing and racing
and for my cruising plans and my desires I have the best cat available for the $$ I could spend when I bought her. This doesn't mean anybody else should make the same conclusions. The best part is that I could sell her today for lots more.
The fit and finish is the best I've seen in production cruising cats and the seaworthiness and sailing sophistication is top shelf. I would have no other boat. Your mileage may vary.