Catalina 445

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Carpe Diem is a 45 foot Catalina sloop. The boat was built in Largo, FL in 2011 and has been sailing the family around the Great Lakes for the past few years. This is our third Catalina (previous 350 and 42 MKII) and we couldn’t be happier with her performance and cruising comfort. She is an ocean series boat and will get her first taste of salt water this year as we make our way south to Caribbean.

Specifications:

  • Length Overall: 45ft
  • Length at Waterline: 38ft 4in
  • Beam: 13ft 7in
  • Draft: 5ft
  • Weight: 24,500 lbs
  • Engine: Yanmar 54 hp
  • Water Capacity: 179 gal
  • Fuel Capacity: 66 gal
  • Mainsail Area: 498 ft sq
  • Genoa Area (135%): 540 ft sq
  • Mast Height: 62ft 10in
  • Hull Speed: 8.3 kts
Boat Plan
Boat Plan
Carpe Diem at Dock
Carpe Diem at Dock
Cockpit
Cockpit

The cockpit is the command center for the boat. It has twin wheels, engine, bow thruster, sail trim controls, an autopilot, a VHF radio, a stereo, and electronic technology to navigate the boat.

Cockpit Transom
Cockpit Transom
Port Side Salon
Port Side Salon
Port Side Salon
Port Side Salon

The port side salon is the center of interior activity and entertainment. Meals can be served here. It also has the capability of lowering the table and adding a cushion to create an additional birth.

Chart Table and Electrical Panel.
Chart Table and Electrical Panel.

The chart table is where most of the navigational decisions are made. It also serves as a great place to read and write. The dark paneled glass is the electrical circuit breaker. All the 12 volt electrical equipment is controlled from here. It also has a monitor that measures the charge level of the batteries.

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Starboard Salon Area
Starboard Salon Area

The starboard salon seats are very comfortable. The small table can be lowered, a cushion added, and an additional birth is created.

The Galley
The Galley

The galley has a three burner propane stove, refrigerator, microwave, two basin sink, and cupboards for coffee maker, pots and pans, dishes, utensils, canned goods, and condiments.

Galley
Galley
Aft Cabin
Aft Cabin

The aft cabin has a standard size bed and hanging locker with its own head. It is located under the starboard side of the cockpit.

Flex Room
Flex Room

The Flex room was designed to be an additional cabin, a work room, or a storage area. It incorporates a large hatch that opens to the cockpit for easy storage from above.

Engine
Engine

The engine is a Yanmar 4JH5E. It is located at the base of the transom, between the aft cabin and flex room. It is a 4 cylinder, diesel engine capable of powering the boat at a maximum speed of 8.3 knots per hour. At that speed it burns 1.8 gallons per hour.

8 thoughts on “Boat

  • May 2, 2014 at 5:49 pm
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    Wow your boat is beautiful ! You and your son are going to have an awesome journey. My husband and I are leaving from Lake Ontario July 1. We have been through the Erie canal before. Bring lots of cheap gloves that you can use to hold the lines and throw away. Have a blast ! See you on the water !
    http://www.benger.blogspot.ca is my husbands blog of our refit and journey to this point. http://www.thescubasailors.blogspot.ca is the one I will be maintaining on our journey.

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    • May 11, 2014 at 3:10 am
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      Hey Shelley
      Thanks for the note. We’ll keep an eye out for you when we reach the Caribbean. We should be there by December. Stay in touch.
      Gary

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  • June 1, 2014 at 3:10 pm
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    Gary, so thrilled to have run into Mindy and quickly brought up to speed on your journey. I look forward to following your journey. Be safe “old” friend from chemical sales days WAY in the past.

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    • June 12, 2014 at 12:23 am
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      Hey Sue
      Thanks for the note. I did not see myself doing this 20 years ago. But, here I am. Good memories of you, Rob, Paul, Ralph, and Carline. Keep sending comments.

      Gary

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  • June 4, 2014 at 7:20 am
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    She looks beautiful. We are looking at a yacht with a similar keel – we like the shallow draft as we want to cruise through the French Canals. Just curious to how it performs upwind and offshore? Do you think there are any disadvantages?
    Thanks so much and I look forward to following your adventures!
    Viki

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    • June 11, 2014 at 9:06 pm
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      Vicki
      Not sure. Frankly, we don’t care about speed. We want a keel thst will allow us to anchor comfortably. Thanks for your comments.

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  • June 9, 2014 at 12:23 am
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    What a beautiful boat. Safe travels.

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  • June 10, 2014 at 3:16 am
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    Those beds aren’t long enough for Joey!! Ha-ha, sweet dreams!

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