As a former winner of Cruising World “Boat of the Year”, the Catalina 385 is packed with features for the modern cruiser and combines balanced proportions and traditional styling.

On deck, the moderate freeboard is designed to reduce windage and allows on-deck workstations to be brought closer to the center of gravity to reduce motion and enhance safety. The moderate beam is carried well aft to create a spacious cockpit, whilst aiding tacking and reducing the ability of the boat to round up. The cockpit is ergonomic and provides usable space, with two further seats incorporated into the aft pulpit, and high, wide and long cockpit benches which run from the companionway to the steering pedestal. Port and starboard elevated helm seating adds comfort and visibility. The collapsing wheel is ideal for socializing. The deck and cockpit contain well-placed handholds. The lifelines are raised to 27” in height for added safety on deck. Catalina’s unique diamond non-skid provides a tried and tested surface, which is easy to clean and maintain.

The 385 incorporates Catalina's custom watertight StrikeZone, a collision bulkhead aft of the anchor locker. The keel of made of lead, as opposed to iron, for additional safety and reduced maintenance.

The mast support system features Catalina’s unique SecureSocket chain plates for superior load resolution from the mast to the hull structural system. Long inboard genoa tracks can accommodate headsails from a powerful 155% genoa to a storm jib, allowing the sail plan to be balanced in all conditions. The foredeck features a removable strut for an asymmetric spinnaker. The traveler is long and provides precise mainsheet control.

Below deck, the design has a comfortable and warm feel. The main cabin offers generous seating, a custom quad leaf folding table, and a port side dinette which converts into a single berth. Privacy screens are fitted over fixed ports in the main cabin. Full length stainless steel handrails are found on both the port and starboard sides. Storage is found through the saloon and includes a large forward hanging locker.

The navigation desk has a recessed laptop compartment with dedicated power ports. The custom electrical panel is neatly secreted behind a tinted acrylic door, allowing for continual monitoring of power use.

The galley is optimized for convenience at sea or at port and it features plenty of usable workspace and handholds. An opaque splashboard to separate the galley, but not the chef, from the main saloon area. A propane stove, stainless steel gimbaled oven and large refrigerator/freezer are built into functional units and a microwave oven is fitted as standard. Storage in the galley includes large cabinets and drawers that offer plenty of space for provisions and cookware.

The owner’s cabin is forward and has a custom, articulating innerspring mattress. An electric lifter is available for comfortable reading or watching TV. The aft guest cabin includes a large double berth and roomy storage lockers.

A spa style head with a large shower complements the roomy interior. An electric macerating head comes as standard and the sink is an elegant basin with single lever faucet.

Engine access is excellent and found below the companionway steps. The traditional shaft drive is simple to inspect and maintain.

Like all Catalinas above 30 feet in length, the 385 is robustly build to CE category A standards, is NMMA Yacht Certified and follows all applicable American boat and Yacht Council Standards, assuring owners of a quality, safe and durable yacht.


Sailors will find a lot to like in the traditional lines and layout of this new design…The 385 presents the appealing look of a “modern classic”, and from this there are numerous practical benefits to be had…Catalina gets so many small things right.” Alvah Simon, Cruising World.


“…Very attractive to both experienced and novice cruisers looking at contemporary boats under 40 feet in length…a blend of the best of traditional and contemporary design elements” Charles J. Doane, Sail Magazine.

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