Designed over 25 years
ago (1974), the traditionally styled Catalina 30 remains extremely
popular with cruisers, due to its wide and deep hull creating
exceptional volume above and below decks and for its stability under
sail. It was offered in standard and tall rig configurations, each with
a bowsprit option. Shoal, wing and deep fin keels were offered for
varying performance. It offers more space than a typical 34' boat. There
are seven full adult berths, 6' 4" headroom and large storage areas
under the settees, v-berth, q-berth and in the three cockpit lockers.
There is a large anchor
locker in the forepeak. With a huge companionway hatch and large forward
hatch, the boat is well ventilated and bright inside. Over the years,
many changes were made to fabrics, decorative materials, trim, colors
and fashion, and the boat has remained remarkably appealing. The hull
Catalina 30 deckhouse, windows and sheer line still define the entire
Catalina family of boats.
The original or Mark I model was built from 1975 to 1986 and
features the straight cockpit designed for tiller steering and end-boom
main sheeting. This model has been widely modified and updated by the
owners and improved by the factory
with a skeg, a balanced rudder, mid-boom (cabin-top) main sheeting. and
pedestal/ wheel steering. It typically had wire-rope external halyards
lead to mast winches. The early Yanmar, Universal 5411 and Atomic-4
engines were phased out in favor of the 3-cylinder Universal M-25
diesels during the middle 80s. Design deficiencies with the chain plates
(bulkheads) and rudder were eliminated in the late 1970's production
models. Upgrade kits for most of these changes are available from the
The updated Mark II was built from Sept 1986 until 1993 and
featured a T-shaped cockpit mold with wide flat coamings and oriented
totally to pedestal steering. Halyards were moved inside the mast and
lead back to the cockpit. The M-25
became the only engine option in Oct 1988. During this production
period, the original SeaWard blocks and Nicro mainsheet gear were
replaced by Garhauer equipment. The curved traveler was flattened using
more Garhauer equipment. More optional equipment became standard and
more opening ports were added, included in the midship hull. The new
wing keel option was introduced in Nov 1986. It became standard on the
newer Mark III.
III was introduced in 1994. The broader Mark III stern has a
walk-thru transom with boarding/swim platform which takes advantage of
the original split backstay.
The cockpit is now even more comfortable than ever with
wider coamings for outboard seating and new observation seats built into
the stern rail. Low maintenance materials have been used extensively to
give you more time to enjoy your C-30. New stainless steel traveler
supports improve visibility and reduce friction on halyards. The galley
has been made even larger with new custom countertop surfaces, more
cupboards and drawers, and a dish and cup storage rack. The varnished
interior teak cabin surfaces are accented by polished brass light
fixtures. Natural light has been increased through the addition of 3
fixed ports in the hull.
Catalina MARK III shares the under body and rig of earlier Catalina 30's
and is eligible to participate in Catalina 30 One Design events and
Class Association activities.
Mechanical and electrical components remain essentially
the same throughout the entire production run. An electrical cable
upgrade (cockpit to engine) eliminates some low voltage and charging
problems in all three models. Universal, PAR, Seaward (Hillerange),
EDSON, and LEWMAR brands are used almost exclusively. Hood and Scheafer
furling gear has been standard. Since 1990, Garhauer Marine, has
supplied all of the topside rigging and running gear.
out of production, last produced at about a dozen per year, the venerable C30 is now the oldest model in the
Catalina Yachts family, having the longest production life of over 25
years and nearly 6500 hulls. (A redesigned C22 has been produced since
1995). A MARK IV change was planned in
1997, but was developed as an entirely new boat, the C310 which appeared
at the Atlantic City Sail Expo in Feb 1999. The Catalina 30 was inducted
into the Sail America Hall of Fame in 2001.
The last Catalina 30 was #6454 5/15/08 -
Sold to Catalina Yacht Anchorage out of
Channel Islands. Catalina introduced the C309 as the follow-on design for the
C30 marketing concept.
During its long
production run, the C30 was built in four rigging configurations and
three major models or styles. There are three types of keels; the
original 5' 3" deep keel is still preferred for all-around
performance where water depth is no problem. The early 4' 5" shoal
keel has been replaced by the modern 3' 10" deep wing keel.
According to the factory, all hulls share the same dimensions and
configurations are the original standard rig (STD), the standard with a
bowsprit, a tall rig and the tall mast rig with a bowsprit (TRBS). The
bowsprits add about 32 inches to the "J" measurement of the
sail plan and the tall mast adds 24 inches to the "I" of the
sail plan. The tall mast also has a boom or "E" measurement
that is 6 inches longer. The standard boat without the bowsprit is
popular along the Pacific coast while the predominant tall rig with
bowsprit is the choice in every other sailing area.
The Catalina 30 is widely
raced in several large west coast one-design fleets. Otherwise it is a
favorite club racer/cruiser in PHRF fleets across the country. The C30
one-design class rules closely follow the PHRF guidelines to lower the
costs of competition.
The PHRF ratings split
between the standard (STD) and tall rig (TRBS) is usually 18-24 seconds
per mile. This wide difference is not supported by most C30 sailors (who
know better) and the national one-design rules keep them in separate
racing classes. The boat is an excellent performer in flatter water and
ocean swells. The sail plan is powerful but the broad hull entry doesn't
slice through choppy or tossed seas as well as some of its
contemporaries. The masthead genoas are large, and the main has a
moderately tall aspect. That popular 1970's design theme calls for a
spinnaker for off-wind sailing.