New Catalina 315 launchedApr 13, 2012
Catalina’s new designs have moved the brand to a higher level of performance, finish and engineering accomplishments. The Catalina 315 is the newest in the Catalina 5 Series.
The new Catalina 315 has the same core attributes of the 445 and 355 yachts. Features not found in many of the world’s yachts come standard with the Catalina 5 Series. Like her predecessors, the 315 has a bold emphasis on strength; a five-part structural construction insures a ruggedly-built boat that stands up to the test of time; a watertight StrikeZone collision bulkhead forward; a DeepDefense rudder system for failsafe steering, and the T-Beam MastStep system, with the benefits of a deck-stepped mast and strength of a keel-stepped mast. The SecureSocket mast support/chainplate system facilitates perfect load resolution and watertight integrity. Knitted fabrics create a stronger laminate without additional weight. And, Catalina’s trademark lead keels absorb impact for safety and require less maintenance than other materials.
On deck, the low profile cabin design has a sleek appearance and low windage, and the durable, diamond non-skid pattern adds an element of safety. An internal flange hull-to-deck joint is capped with a slotted toe rail, and the wide deck design allows effortless movement forward. Oversized traveler and winches ease sail handling in all conditions. “The deck of this boat has what every sailor wants – ergonomically correctfeatures,” reported Gerry Douglas, vice-president and chief design engineer for Catalina Yachts. “The cockpit is optimized for efficiency and great visibility from the helm, with the instrument pods in easy line of sight, both port and starboard,” he said.
Below are solid surface countertops and solid teak interiors and laminates, hand-finished with satin and high-gloss varnish. Sleeping quarters have innerspring mattresses. The newly designed navigation panel has additional circuits for added options, plus a built-in amp draw meter to monitor electrical usage. The central modular filter locker is easily accessible. Quality fittings and hardware are recognizable, inside and out.
Like all Catalinas larger than 30 feet, the new 315 is built to CE category A standards, NMMA Yacht Certified, and follows all applicable American Boat and Yacht Council Standards.