A. The Laminated In-Place Grid System
Catalina models 250MKII through the 320MKII
system uses four major fiberglass molded components: the deck, deck
liner, hull liner and hull with an integral grid structure laminated as
part of the hull. This system employs high-density urethane foam,
fiberglass-infused transverse and longitudinal structural members that
are heavily fiber-glassed to the hull with multiple laminates while the
hull is still in the hull mold.
The grid becomes an
integral part of the hull and distributes the mast, rigging and keel
loads to the hull. These structural members will not absorb water or
deteriorate over time.
B. The One-Piece Pre-Molded Grid
Catalina models 350MKII through the 470
grid is an engineered structure that is hand-laminated in a separate
mold, using biaxial, unidirectional and non-woven fiberglass for
strength and stiffness without excess weight. This one-piece structure
is then bonded into the hull while the hull is in the mold. This type
of grid structure is employed when the grid is more complex and bears
the additional loads of tank supports and engine mounts.
grid structure is never compromised by the need to accommodate interior
furniture, as this is the function of the hull liner, a separate molded
part. Separating the structure from the accommodation allows each part
to be designed without compromise for its intended function. This is a
benefit of Catalina's unique five-piece construction system.
Understanding Needs and Dreams
Catalina listens to active owners and sailors to build boats that reflect the collectivte wisdom and experience of thousands of cruises and sea miles. Catalina's design is evolutionary, building on the success of previous models by incorporating many favorite, proven features.
Catalina builds honest, sturdy boats that hold up in the real world. This means more sailing pleasure, less maintenance and excellent resale value for owners.