"Possible" is a Catalina 42MKII 3 cabin in great condition. "Possible" shows her Sellers pride of ownership in his attention to detail, and has been lovingly maintained for many years. If you are looking for a Catalina 42 this is one you will want to view. Ready for Serious Fun.
"Possible" a 3 cabin Catalina 42 shows pride of ownership inside and out, maintained by a meticulous owner. Detailed logs document upgrades and maintenance items. The large expansive salon is great for entertaining and can easily seat 6-8 for dinner. A large Pullman master is forward with ensuite head and shower. Two identical double bed aft cabins are very comfortable for kids or couples with ample storage and hanging lockers. The integrated salon galley ensures that the chef is part of the action while entertaining.
Each of the aft staterooms have 6' of headroom, a 7' long double berth, reading lights mounted on the hull, and a hanging locker. Light and ventilation are provided by ports in the hull and in the cockpit footwell.
A three burner Stove with oven and broiler, twin stainless steel sinks, and faucet for hot and cold water.
The dinette converts to a 80" x 66" double berth.
The engine is accessible from four sides. A small hatch in the starboard cabin leads to the oil filter. The companionway stairway reveals the front, and removable panels in the galley access the port side and aft end of the Yanmar 50.
Catalina 42 MKII is known for her well thought out Comfortable Spacious Cockpit with good access to stowage.
The swim platform incorporates a five-step stainless steel ladder lashed to the stern pulpit; it extends into the water a long way, farther than most, which is good.
The Edson pedestal and 44" stainless steel destroyer style wheel are mounted well aft, so are not impediments to movement about the cockpit.
There are two “observation seats” fitted into the corners of the stern pulpit.
A 48" drop-leaf table is mounted in the center of the cockpit forward of the binnacle.
Stowage in the port and starboard seat lockers are large enough to hold a deflated dinghy, dock lines and miscellaneous gear; the starboard one also has a large shelf that holds an outboard motor, barbecue and the like—a much-preferred arrangement to hanging them off the stern pulpit. A propane locker is located in the deck aft of the primary winches.
A removable seat in the transom, and one can step on and over it to get to the swim platform.
The anchor windlass is located in a locker so the only potential toe stubbers forward of the mast are three Lewmar hatches.
First impressions, John Kretschmer Sailing Magazine
I confess, the 42 is one of my favorite Catalinas. It's a handsome boat. The bow is raked just enough to give it a clean entry and still maintain a relatively long LWL of 36 feet. There is enough of a forefoot to keep the bow from pounding, at least most of the time. The hull flares quickly but the wide, 13-foot, 10-inch beam is nicely absorbed into the overall flow of the boat. The beam is carried well aft, providing space for double aft cabins and a roomy cockpit, yet it doesn't seem excessive like many of today's boats. It actually tapers a bit at the transom. Good design demands a sense of subtlety and that's always been one of Douglas' best attributes.
The 42 is rigged as a sloop with slightly swept-back double spreaders. The working sail area is just under 800 square feet. The design displacement is 18,000 pounds, translating into a respectable SA/D of 18.5. However, everybody knows that used boats, and new ones too, especially cruisers, weigh more than advertised, limiting the usefulness of design ratios. It wouldn't surprise me if the Catalina 42 you're interested in buying tips the scale at well over 20,000 pounds when you haul it out for a survey. The 42 came with two keel arrangements. A 4-foot, 10-inch wing keel or a 6-foot fin keel. I prefer the deep keel because it tracks better.
The Catalina 42 is a well-built production boat. Several have made impressive bluewater voyages, although that wasn't the primary design ethos. The 42 was designed to be affordable and to appeal to a broad spectrum of sailors: daysailors, club racers, weekenders, and to a lesser extent, long-distance cruisers.
Are there more ruggedly built boats? Yes. Is the Catalina 42 built to sail around Cape Horn? No. Is it built to do what most sailors want it to? Absolutely. Would most 42 owners buy it again? Overwhelming so. That speaks volumes about the construction of the boat.
The hull is solid fiberglass, reinforced with a molded liner that incorporates the cabin sole and furniture facings. Liners are a mixed bag, they are an efficient way to build a boat, and when done well, they provide more than adequate structural support. On the downside, they depend on a secondary bonding and they limit access to the hull. Catalina has a long history with molded liners and there are few if any reports of problems. The deck is cored with balsa except in areas that support hardware where one-half inch plywood is used instead. This isn't the best method of backing up hardware. The hull and deck are joined on a flange and includes stainless steel fasteners and 3M 5200. Catalina has always used lead ballast. The interior finish work is nicely executed.
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Owner's personal items excluded. Exclusions include, however are not limited to, Seller's personal possessions, loose items, binoculars, handheld radio(s), charts, tools, fishing equipment, spare parts, clothing and foul weather gear, galley equipment, linens/bedding and any items not specifically listed on equipment list specifications sheet.
Tender not included