Catalina 27 racing on San Francisco Bay. It skiff sailboat founded in 1969 in Hollywood, California by Frank Butler .
Butler the tooling to continue building the boat. Among the first models built by Coronado were the Victory 21 and the Super Satellite. In 1964, the Coronado ’25 was produced, becoming the first boat with a one piece interior, making the boat stronger, lighter, and less expensive than previous models. By 1969 the Coronado 27 and 30 foot models were being produced. The first model built by Catalina Yachts was a 22-foot design previously rejected by Columbia.
By 1977 Butler had designed and produced three more models: the Catalina 25, Catalina 27, and the Catalina 30. The other Morgan models, including the Catalina designed M381 and M45 center cockpit, were recently retired. Gerry Douglas, vice president, chief engineer and yacht designer for Catalina Yachts. Catalina Yachts is one of the largest boat manufacturers in the world, with over 60,000 boats manufactured to date. Though Catalina produces boats from as small as eight feet under their Capri nameplate, the company is best known for its production of mid-sized cruisers. Gerry Douglas, a principal in the company, became Chief Engineer and Vice President in the late 1970s and has designed and engineered every boat in the line since that time.
Today Catalina has one production facility, in Largo, Florida, overseen by Gerry Douglas. This manufacturing facility is the former Morgan plant, and was bought by Catalina in 1984. Catalina’s classic approach of putting the deck on before the components go in was the rule in the old Woodland Hills, CA, production factory, which closed in 2009 when the move to Florida was completed. With a few exceptions, Catalina has focused on long term models, but generally making small changes from year to year. This policy has encouraged the development of active owners’ associations which promote «one design» racing, Catalina Rendezvous meetups throughout the country, and other forms of owner engagement. Introduced in 1994 as the Capri 16.