This is the only Catalina 350 on the market with this many options!
Just some of Caya' updates and special equipment include:
The Catalina 350 sloop won the Cruising World Sailboat of the Year award when she was first introduced. It’s easy to understand why because her design incorporates many great features usually only found in larger vessels.
These include a 13´ beam, making her feel like most 40´vessels inside, while ensuring easy handling for a couple. Her easy rig with all roller furling sails, self-tailing winches and sail controls which are led aft to the cockpit, seem to take the all the work out of sailing. A Large 7’ cockpit with the full enclosure, deep coamings and high seat backs make the cockpit another living room. She also has Catalina’s Trademark Wide weather decks, tall life lines and inboard shrouds allowing for safe movement on board in all weather conditions. A truly divided anchor locker has double rollers and an electric windlass.
Caya's interior offers 6’7” headroom, two private, large cabins with centerline berth forward. A double entry head with a separate stall shower, a spacious main salon with multiple table options that can accommodate three more overnight guests if desired and a true U shape Sea galley which will satisfy any cook. The air conditioning/heat will keep you comfortable in any climate and the generator will let you do it at any time. There is abundant storage which is great for extended cruising or a live-a-board.
Caya has been all over Southern Florida, Dry Tortugas, Key West, and the Abaco’s. She is very well-equipped and set up for comfortable cruising by a knowledgeable Owner/Catalina Dealer who is also a 35 year Professional Yacht Broker.
She is READY TO GO SAILING!
Please contact the listing Broker
713-817-7216 (text or cell)
The Catalina 350 has one of the most logical and useful layouts of any boat under 45’. Her 13’ beam and 7’ of headroom make her feel like a much larger boat. Most people think she is 38-40’. Her interior is all teak. No mystery wood and a lot of the wood is solid teak: the tables, fiddles, companionway steps, trim and door edges are all solid teak.
All her upholstery inside is Brisa (off white) Ultra leather. To add to the comfort, we added a custom Ultra leather footstool in 2017. Her unique ability to have multiple table configurations in the salon showcase her flexibility.
First the starboard settee can be a settee/berth or has a game table set up. The new footstool works well for this side of the salon. The huge port side dinette can seat 6 around it and has the factory optional dinette conversion kit. It can drop for a berth or lounge to watch TV or make a double berth, but the huge table can disappear to its area in the aft cabin where it is stored vertically out of the way against the hull and the smaller cocktail table can take its place. This option really opens up the interior.
The aft part of the starboard settee has the nav station and opposite is the U shape galley.
The master cabin forward has a centerline berth, hanging lockers and drawer storage plus a private door to the oversized head that has a separate shower and push button electric head. Few boats this size have a really workable head with a separate shower stall. We added teak grates in the head and shower and they really finish off the look as well as have great traction.
The aft cabin is equally as large and has its own storage, hanging lockers, aft access to the engine and transmission. Both cabins have mattresses.
Besides the obvious cabinets, Storage is everywhere. Behind the settees, under the settees, under the berths, under the cabin sole and even in the bilges. All the Drawers have slides and lockers have ventilated teak doors. We’ve had 6 people aboard for a week before and all the food and gear needed for it.
In 2014 we also added eight 2 speed cabin fans to the interior. 2 in each cabin, 3 in the salon and one in the head. All the 12vt lighting has been changed to LED and red/white LED in the salon.
Well-equipped, U-shaped galley Right at the companionway where you can access it at sea or underway. Lots of counter space and storage.
Cockpit & Deck
Special attention should be noted of Caya’s extensive exterior canvas section. All of the canvas was redone in 2014-2015 at an expense of over $8K in dealer costs. 40 mil vinyl was used on all the isinglass. The standard is usually 20 mil.
Owner’s thoughts on the Bimini Design:
Being a new boat dealer, I have built and designed and redesigned 100’s of biminis on new and used boats. Caya’s bimini is oversized with the ability to have some sun if desired. It is also in the newer Sunbrella Supreme fabric which is Capt’s Navy on top with linen (tan) underneath. This is the only Sunbrella fabric that is permanently waterproof. With the enclosure up, you are basically in a pilothouse. The other benefit is that the linen cover makes the bimini feel cooler and lighter in the cockpit and no “dark” fabric above your head.
The bimini is longer than normal and covers the stern rail seats and because it’s over built with solid rod mounts , with a block and tackle you can use the aft section of the bimini to raise and lower an out board from its built in mount on the stern rail to the dingy. The bimini is quite high and if you are under 5’-8” you can actually stand on the cockpit seats and still be under it.
Since the bimini has solid rod mounts (no straps) it is extremely rigid and the stern rods are actually custom turn buckles so the bimini can be loosened easily to remove the canvas. The bimini also has a removable center section that can be left out and giving you a ½ helmsman bimini and a full height “dodger” set up if you leave the windshield in or you can also zip in a textaline center if you want some sun or unlimited visibility to the sails. There is also a helmsman window to view sails and one at the electric winch so the main can be seen when being raised.
Last a stainless handrail was added to both sides of the forward bimini section and this crucial option is often overlooked but is imperative for safe entry and exit into the cockpit as well as making it easier to board from the dock.
Engine & Mechanical
Sails & Rigging
As with most Catalina Yachts, all the deck and sailing equipment is oversized. For example, the halyard winches on a Catalina are the size of most builders smaller Genoa winches.
Updates & Maintenance Summary
Bilge pump and float switch.
Shower sump pump and float switch.
Pressure water pump.
Electric head 12vt intake and discharge pumps.
Rebuild kit for ice box pump out.
Rebuild kit for manual bilge pump.
Bow thruster controller and electrical harness.
A complete rebuilt raw water engine pump for universal
Misc small parts, bulbs, cabinet latches, etc
What is the perfect boat?
I would say one that is comfortable and provides good accommodations for the owners and occasional guests. Still manageable by one person under sail or while docking. And one that you can afford.
For the current owners the Catalina 350 has fit that bill better than any of the other boats we have owned. Having sold several of these new when they first came out, I loved the model from the first time I saw it. It was like getting a 38-40’ boat in a 35’ package.
The cockpit is over 7’ long and is wide enough to sleep on. There are no hard corners in the cockpit. Everything is rounded.
We have had 6 aboard for up to a week and a couple can live aboard superbly with her centerline queen berth forward. Although only one head, you have a separate shower and that makes all the difference in how the head functions in long term voyages or living aboard.
Also, the salon has a several table set ups that makes it very versatile as noted in the above info. Our standard entertaining set up is the two smaller tables port and starboard and you can sit and entertain 6-7 people. Keep in mind there is also a full-size cockpit table in the cockpit for outdoor dining as well which is also where we dine most of the time.
The galley is also oversized compared to most boats with refrigeration being the biggest shortcoming on most boats. The 350 has a top and front-loading fridge and a top loading freezer. Not the drop in the hole all in one units everyone is using now. Both are 3 cubic foot. We have loaded up more than we could eat for a 3-week voyage.
The engine is also a bonus. While most boats this size have 27-30hp diesel, the 350 has a 4 cylinder 35hp. That extra 5-7 hp makes all the difference in world if you are loaded up for cruising and you’re motoring, and you will be motoring.
The above information is pretty standard on every Catalina 350 but what makes Caya different is the other features she has. She is probably the only Catalina 350 in existence that has 5 very significant options:
No one thinks they need a bow thruster till they get out of their comfort zone of docking at the same dock repeatedly. Tides, currents, and short fixed piers like all the islands have and the need to back into a slip to be able to exit the boat without having to climb over the bow rail to exit are all things that the bow thruster allows you to do. It also is the 300lb gorilla on the deck that can push the boat off a leeward dock after fueling or move you over to a piling so you or your significant other doesn’t have to “rodeo joe” the dock line to lasso the piling. Even some boats with a thruster they are a bit anemic. The thruster on Caya was done post-delivery by an owner who knew what he wanted. It’s bigger than standard and It moves the boat.
A luxury used more than a few times often becomes a necessity. So, it goes with generators and boats. Once you have one, you will find it hard to live without it. While we used the generator in Texas, once we left and started cruising the boat in Florida and the Bahamas, the generator was used a lot. It extended our season a lot because there never was an excuse of it’s too hot to anchor out. We did indeed run the gen and had A/C and had it whenever we wanted it. We also used it to make ice and charge the batteries faster than with the engine.
The generator also opens a lot of other possibilities to add more equipment later. You could add a way more efficient 110vt water maker or even a dive compressor instead of power hungry 12vt units. Also, you don’t have to run the engine to charge the batteries. If you’re cooling down the boat in the evening, just turn on the battery charger.
The last thing that made Caya superbly suited for us was the sail handling. The original owner had the foresight and budget to install not only the two-speed electric winch (most boats have one speed electric) but also a very expensive Leisure furl In boom furling system (which they rarely tell you really needs an electric winch to work properly). The boom alone is about a $15K option over a standard boom or in mast furling. The chief differences from in mast is that it allows you to have a full batten regular main that is infinitely reefable. Also, there is no hard to get on mainsail cover. Just a built-in sliding cover that is a 2 min job to remove or slide back on.
The electric winch is the work horse of the sail handling system. The Catalina 350s were one of the very few models equipped with the more expensive Harken, not Lewmar winches. Not that there is a much difference in winches it’s the size of the winches that make a difference. Again, the halyard winches on the Catalina are the size of the primary winches on the other builder’s boats. The deck house 2 speed (again most are single speed) electric winch controls the genoa furler, the mainsail halyard and in boom furler and the mainsheet. We rarely get out a winch handle.
The Max Prop feathering propeller gives you maximum thrust in forward and reverse and feathers underway while sailing.
This optional equipment has a replacement costs of:
Bimini with full enclosure, 3 sided sun curtains and other covers and sun curtains, as described: $8K.
Bow Thruster: $7K
Leisure Furl Boom: $15K
2 speed Harken Electric winch $5K
Max Prop $5K
Not including the normal options, like a/c and basic electronics or taking into account the condition, Caya has over $55K of extra equipment on her than any other Catalina 350 on the market, regardless of year model.
Her History as we know it.
She was sold in Florida new and equipped by a very knowledgeable owner who used her some but sold her a few years later to a Texas client whom also did some upgrades and we bought her in 2014 with 270 hours on her diesel and she has 800 now.
We equipped her and made modifications to her systems the way we wanted for an extended trip to Florida and moved her to Fort Myers in Nov 2015.
In May of 2016 we left with 6 aboard for a trip to Marco Island, Dry Tortugas and then left her in Key West. She then traveled to north of Lauderdale for a few months until we took her to the Abacos in Nov of 2016. What started out as an off and on 2 month cruise turned into 7. We left her there and went back and forth and had 7 great months in the Abacos, Hauling her for storage for 5 months in the summer of 2017 and doing a fresh bottom job (with the better paint available outside of the US). In Sept of 2017 and brought her back to Fort Myers which has become our home base in Florida. She also has had no damage from any storms in Florida.
The current owner of Caya is both a 34 year Professional Yacht Broker and a 20+ year Catalina dealer. We have personally owed over 10 Catalina’s and can attest to their practicality, ruggedness, seaworthiness and quality. Nothing like the Catalina 350 was ever built before and to replace her now with a Catalina 355 (which is smaller inside) would cost well over double what Caya is asking.
The seller is happy to spend some time with the new owners to get them familiar with the boat and her systems. He will help arrange for delivery to anywhere in Florida or if needed trucking to other locations. Her Last survey done in 2014 before improvements were done is available on request.
Caya means Come As You Are and she has been a wonderful boat for us, family and friends. However we have done what we wanted so it’s time to let her continue the voyage for another couple or family.
Everything pertaining to the boat and then some will be left with the boat but if it’s not listed in the listing above or noted in the exclusions below, please do not assume it will go with the boat. There is A LOT of storage on this boat (enough that I have a 10 page spreadsheet of items I have stored) and consequently a lot of gear. My friends commented that “I had a boat inside the boat” but we were never lost for a part that we needed in all our time cruising. So Exclusions are listed but not limited to:
Dingy and dingy contents
Outboard and lock, fuel tank
Outboard block and tackle for lifting.
Yeti cockpit cooler.
Picture on main bulkhead (held up with 3M tape-easily removeable)
EPRIB-registered to boat and current battery changed in 2015 (negotiable)
Delorme sat tracking device
Hand held GPS’s, spotlights and 2 binoculars
Safety gear, including inflatable life jackets, tethers etc.
Linens (Except for white bed coverings)
Spares and parts not pertaining to the boat
Galley equipment: cutlery, dishes, pots/pans including stand alone Icemaker and Kuerig
Cleaning supplies including reef bucket and brushes
Yellow bag with other shore power adapters and spare shore power cords
12vt dingy pump
Wood Fender board.
Deck Mounted adjustable whisker pole
Old deck awning and aluminum poles (doesn’t work on this boat)
Waterford Harbor Marina
800 Mariners Dr. Pier 6/7
Kemah, TX 77565