Spent the night onboard Friday, went to breakfast the next morning and found myself next door to Faralone Yachct Sales our local Catilina dealer.
I popped in and spoke to Dinah Goodsell and asked if they had a C445 in inventory yet. She stated that they had sold the first one and it went to Southern California, they had just received there second one and it had not been cleaned up since delivery. I introduced myself and told her I just wanted to compare the salon layout to my C36. Dinah was more than accomodating and opened up the boat for us.
Upon aproaching the boat I liked the look a lot, the house sides are steeply sloped and the boat has very wide side decks, with a freeboard not to much greater than our boats it was impressive but not ponderous. I did not spend much time on deck or in the cockpit but liked all I saw. I did note you will not be able to set anything on the helm seat as there is no fidle or bulwark to keep things from going to the briney. This boat was equiped with a hard top for a dodger thought the side panels had not been installed yet. The companionway doors fold to the starboad side against a the wall of the entry to eliminate the need to stash the boards. The steps below did not feel as steep as on the 36 or the 400.
The interior is lovely, it is the same layout as or C36 MkI, but having an extra foot and a half or so of beam allows much wider isleways and gives room for larger cushions and furniture. I am not a big fan of the white interiors that Catalina has been fitting in many of their new models. The ultra leather in this boat was more of an ivory or cream moving in my direction away from white white, I would prefer a bit more color yet. The light colors help keep the area bright but this boat did not need it as it felt very spacious, almost a deck salon feel with the steeply angled large solon windows. I liked the feel much more than some of the other recent Catalina offerings that have a ball room feel to the main salon, lots of air but no more usable space. The balance of the interior was nicely done joinery looked a little rough but as Dinah noted they had not had a chance to detail the boat since delivery. I am sure once they get it staged with tall vases, wine glasses overflowing fruit baskets and all the other things that you would never go sailing with it will show better. By the by the salon table with its folding corners does look as though it could be used on the C36, I did not bring a tape measure but it looks the same size. It must be made out of a composite material as the corners felt feather light when folding them. The floors too are of a composite, Pergo like, they looked durable but, did not look as rich as varnished teak and holly.
The state rooms were impressive, the master forward was roomy and nice
fairly large attached head compartment. The aft port guest berth was also larger than expected, not the palace that the C400 has but nice. The starboard aft area was very adaptable with fold down upper or lower bunks or a fold out double. When the extra berths are not needed they fold out of the way to make a great pantry, work shop or storage area.
Dinah did mention that surprisingly Faralone had been experiencing a good year. She stated she was eager to find used C36's and stated she had waiting buyers for a walk through transom 36.
All in all I liked the C445 a lot, knowing there is an ready market for my MKI is comforting but as for a move up I may have some problem going to the C445. A slight issue of the quarter million dollar balance after trade in is a bit daunting. My wife does not drink much anymore and I would need a constant supply of Rohypnol (that date rape drug) for both her and my banker to pull this trade off. Maybe if I hit the lotto, in the mean time Dream, Dream, Dream.
Oh well, still love my C36 MKI, maybe just a few doses of that Royhpnol and I can get a new suit of sails and running rigging.
C36 MK I # 825
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