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A brief history of Catalina Yachts
Thirty-Five Years as The Sailors Choice...

July 1969 -
Catalina's first model, the Catalina 22, is built in North Hollywood, CA. Company owner Frank Butler hopes to build 100 boats if all goes well.

March 1970 -Catalina's second model, the Catalina 27, is introduced following the success of the Catalina 22.

December 1974 -Catalina's third model, the Catalina 30, is introduced; the trend-setting design is an immediate success and wins its class in the Newport to Ensenada Race.

February 1975 -The Catalina 22 exceeds Frank Butler's hopes as hull # 5,000 is completed.

August 1979 -The "International Friendship Regatta" is held in Japan; 4 U.S. and 10 Japanese crews compete in Coronado 15s.

February 1980 -SAIL Magazine names the Catalina 22 "trailerable boat of the decade."

March 1980 -The Catalina 38 is selected as the match-racing boat for Congressional Cup by the Long Beach Yacht Club; Dennis Durgan wins.

September 1980 -Catalina 22 hull number 10,000 is completed. Ccatalina 22s are being built at Catalina's East and West Coast plants in England, Australia, and Canada.

January 1982
-Patrick Childress completes a 2 1/2 year, singlehanded circumnavigation of the world in his Catalina 27.

July 1982
-The first Catalina 36 is completed at the Woodland Hills, California plant.

March 1983
-Mainsheet Magazine issue Number 1 is published, growing to over 100 pages and 10,000 Catalina owner subscribers.

May 1984
-Catalina acquires Morgan Yachts in Largo, FL, becoming the Morgan Division of Catalina, specializing in cruising & charter boats, and builds Catalina models on the East Coast.

May 1985
-Catalina 27 hull number 6,000 is built in Woodland Hills, making the C-27 the largest class of keelboats in the world.
November 1987 -Singlehanded sailor Shane St.Clair sails his Capri 18 from Oxnard, CA, to Hawaii in 28 days.

July 1988
-Billy Peterson supervises the installation of the largest (70 ft.) computerized sailplotting and cutting machine in the U.S. at the Woodland Hills, California .

August 1988
-Coronado 15 skipper Alison Jolly is the first woman to skipper in the Olympics; she wins a gold in the women's 470 Class.

January 1989
-The first Catalina 42 is built. 100 hulls are delivered in the first year, setting U.S.production records.

February 1990
-Catalina 22 hull number 15,000 is delivered.

March 1990
-The Catalina 37 is selected for the Congressional Cup, the first time a fleet of 11 has been designed and built especially for match racing. Chris Dickson wins.

September 1990
-Catalina 30 hull # 6,000 is completed, setting a new keel-boat production record. July 1991 -The first Catalina 28 is built.

December 1992
-The Catalina 270 is unveiled, replacing the Catalina 27 and wins a Cruising World Magazine's "Boat of the Year" awards.

February 1993
-The Catalina 320 is introduced in Atlantic City and is enthusiastically received by new owners.

February 1994
-The Catalina 400 is introduced at "Sail Expo," the only twin-wheel boat built in the U.S.; it's the hit of the show.

February 1994
-The Capri 16.5 introduced as a beach launchable performance sailing dinghy for sailors with a wide range of ages and skills May 1994 -The Catalina 250 is launched as the first water ballast trailerable sailboat from Catalina.

January 1995
-The Catalina 22 markII is introduced with a re-designed and enlarged deck and new interior.

February 1995
-The Catalina 22 is named as one of five charter members to Sailboat Hall of Fame.

March 1995
-The Catalina 36 mark II is unveiled and wins one of Cruising World Magazine's "Boat of the Year" awards.

May 1995
-Catalina 42 hull number 500 is built in Woodland Hills.

February 1996
-The Catalina 34 mkII is introduced with re-designed and enlarged deck, transom and interior.

March 1996
-The Catalina 28 mark II wins one of Cruising World Magazine's "Boat of the Year" awards.

November 1996
-Catalina 400 Hull number 100 is built in Largo, FL

January 1997
-The Catalina 380 wins Cruising World Magazine's Mid-Size Cruising "Boat of the Year" award.

January 1998
-The Catalina 470 is introduced.

January 1999
- Catalina inaugurates the Catalina Cruisers Hall of Fame to honor Catalina owners' who have made notable voyages in their boats.

February 1999
-The Catalina 310 is introduced and wins Cruising World Magazine's Pocket Cruiser "Boat of the Year" award.

February 2000
-The Catalina 310 is selected by Sail Magazine and it's readers as one of the Top 10 Sailboats of 2000.

December 2000
-Catalina 36 Hull number 2000 is built in Woodland Hills.

September 2001
-The Catalina Capri 22 is updated and selected by Sail Magazine and it's readers as one of the Top 10 Sailboats of 2001.

May 2001
-Catalina 14.2 Hull number 5000 is built in Woodland Hills.

January 2002
-The Catalina 350 is introduced to enthusiastic reviews and results in 100 boats sold the first model year.

July 2002
-The Catalina Expo 12.5 and 14.2 are introduced as particularly easy to sail for both younger and older sailors.

September 2002
-Catalina Capri 22 hull #1000 is built in Woodland Hills.

January 2003
-The Catalina 387 is introduced.

March 2004
-The Catalina 320 hull #1000 is built in Woodland Hills, California.

August 2004
-The Catalina 22Sport is introduced to better accomodate one-design racing among the large number of owners.

October 2004
-The CatalinaMorgan 440 Deck Salon is introduced.

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