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Old 01-12-2020, 19:25   #1
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Frank Butler, founder CEO Catalina Yachts, has passed.

Frank Butler, founder of Catalina Yachts, passes away a couple weeks ago at the age of 92. I did a quick CF search and did not find the news but perhaps others posted.

He put over 85,000 Catalina boats on the water, including 1972 C22 hull 1234, my very first boat. I talked to him once when I called with some crazy newbie question I don't remember and would probably be embarrassed to admit I asked.

A lot of dreams were launched along with those boats.

Peter

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Re: Frank Butler, founder CEO Catalina Yachts, has passed.

My first boat was a Capri 16 and when I toured the plant in California the guide actually showed the original blue prints of hull 104. They were friendly and great folks to work with back in 1999. That plant has since closed due to California strict environmental laws.

Thank you Mr Butler for that little boat that brought years of family joy.

God Bless

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