The Catalina 30 MkIII embodies all the best features of the popular and very successful Catalina 270 & 320 designs. Combining these features the MkIII offers a spacious and comfortable cockpit with wheel steering and lots of locker storage space. Below decks the accommodation is comfortable and spacious with plenty of room for a full crew.
SKYE HIGH is a one owner example of this popular American built cruiser. Commissioned with short handed cruising in mind she is ideal for a couple or young family to enjoy coastal cruising. Currently ashore in North Argyll viewing is by appointment.
'The Catalina 30 MARK III has been redefined by incorporating some of the best modern features of our popular C-270 and C-320 designs. The transom and cockpit areas reflect the most significant refinements. The new stern section is now dramatically wider at the deck and curves gracefully to form a very functional and spacious boarding platform. The already famous C-30 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 Catalina 30 MARK III shares the under body and rig of earlier Catalina 30's and is eligible to participate in Catalina one design events and class association activities.
Below deck, the layout that defined a modern classic has remained true to its heritage, but has become even more comfortable and functional with the addition of several thoughtful improvements and subtle refinements.
The galley has been made even larger with the design of the new custom countertop surfaces. With the larger counter space has come increases in size and number of cupboards and drawers. An all new dish and cup storage rack better organizes often used items.
The bright new head also makes use of custom counters and large cabinets.
Varnished 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.'
Introduced in 1974, as the big brother to and a natural step-up from Catalina's popular 27 footer, the original design remained nearly unchanged for 20 years. In 1994, Catalina introduced the Catalina Mark III with some subtle changes in styling to give the boat a more "Euro" look. The hull was widened slightly from about station seven (70% of the waterline length) aft in order to incorporate a transom-boarding platform and ports were added to the hull sides...............
By the end of 1997 more than 6,400 Catalina 30s had been built. This is an impressive number but it becomes even more remarkable when looked at in perspective. Consider that you could combine the production of ten of the most popular 30' model sailboats in the US over the last 25 years and still not approach the number of Catalina 30's built. Catalina literature boasts this is the most popular 30' boat worldwide, a claim that would be hard to argue with.
Catalina utilizes a standard lay-up of various types of fiberglass cloth and plastic resin in the construction of the hull. Deck construction includes either balsa wood or plywood sandwiched between fiberglass laminates. There are fiberglass pans and liners and random full and partial plywood bulkheads for structural support. the deck and hull are joined with the deck fitted over the hull in a shoebox fashion, with a sealant in between. An aluminium rub rail and stainless steel self tapping screws on about 3" centers secures the deck and hull together. The keel is external lead, fastened with stainless steel bolts. The rig is a simple deck-stepped masthead sloop with single upper shrouds and spreaders, double lower shrouds and split backstay.......
Catalina founder and president Frank Butler has been quoted as saying the company goal is to provide its customer with "as much boat for the money as we can." Size-for-size and feature-for-feature the Catalina 30 is tough to beat.'
Jack Hornor, 2012. BoatUS - Boat Reviews - Catalina 30. www.boatus.com
On deck SKYE HIGH has the characteristic Catalina styling with a single moulding forming the deck and cockpit.
Below decks the interior feels generously proportioned for a boat of just 30' and clever use of all available space provides bunks for a total of 7 if required. The open plan layout of the main living space creates a bright interior ideally suited to family cruising.
Separated from the main living space aft with a teak folding door the cabin provides two single berths in the standard V-berth layout. Storage is provided in lockers under the aft ends of the bunks. Light enters the cabin through an opening deck hatch.
Immediately aft of the forepeak the dedicated heads compartment lies on the port side of the boat. Compartment constructed in an easily cleaned moulding. Appointed with manual sea toilet, sink and vanity unit. Heads can discharge overboard or via holding tank.
Open plan layout the saloon feels like its from a boat of far more than 30' in length. A large hanging locker is provided at the forward end opposite the heads. Along the starboard side a bench settee runs the length of the area, converting to a generous single bunk if required. Opposite on the port side the L-shaped settee warps around the large saloon table which cleverly folds down from its stored position against the main bulkhead. The table can be used to convert the seating into a large double bunk when required. Storage is above the settee back outboard.
Located at the aft end of the saloon settee on the starboard side the navigation station provides a forward looking chart table with storage provided beneath the lifting table top. Outboard of the table the ships switch panel is easily accessible with the Raymarine ST60 Multi Repeater mounted beneath. The VHF and stereo are mounted in a unit behind the navigators head if sat at the table.
U-shaped galley to port of the companionway steps. The worktops are finished in Catalina's Custom Counter Top single piece moulding which incorporates the fiddles and is easily cleaned. Galley appointed with twin stainless steel sinks, Nelson two burner gas stove and large top loading fridge. A good selection of storage is provided around the area, outboard of the worktop and beneath. Cleverly the refuse bin is located in the cockpit locker and accessed through a small hatch.
Aft of the companionway ladders a large double bunk extends aft to the transom and provides the final two bunks.
Located within a dedicated engine space beneath the centre line section of the galley worktop. Access to the engine is provided via opening hatched beneath the galley and saloon seating.
In this case we are acting as brokers only. The Owner is not selling in the course of a business. whilst every care has been taken in their preparation , the correctness of these particulars is not guaranteed. The Purchaser is strongly advised to check the particulars and where appropriate at their expense to employ a qualified Marine Surveyor to carry out a survey and/or to have an engine trial conducted which if conducted by us shall not imply any liability for such engine on our part.
This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.