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Catalina 28

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Boat REF# 156774
Sold / Unavailable
LOA 8.53m (28'0")
Year 1992
Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Berths 4
Engine 1 x Diesel 18hp, Universal M5-20 (1992)
Lying Des Moines, WA USA - Shown by Appointment


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Extra Details

Designer Butler
Builder Catalina
Lying Des Moines, WA USA - Shown by Appointment
Fuel capacity 63.6 ltr (14.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Water capacity 122.7 ltr (27.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks
Holding tank capacity 68.2 ltr (15.0 G) Total - 1 Tanks


Engine 1 x Diesel 18hp
Engine make and model Universal M5-20 (1992)
Engine Hours engine1:   2167
Engine Cooled Indirect
Steering Wheel
Drive Shaft
Prop(s) 3 blade Maxi feathering
Fuel consumption (approx) 2.0 ltr (0.4 G) /hour At Cruising Speed
Cruising speed (approx) 5.5 knots
Max speed (approx) 6.5 knots

Heart Interface inverter / charger, batteries are gel cell, dripless PYI shaft seal, Prop is PYI 3 blade Maxi feathering


LOA 8.53m (28'0")
LWL 7.26m (23'10")
Beam 3.10m (10'2")
Draft Max 1.60m (5'3")
Airdraft 12.93m (42'5")
Displacement 3,764kg (8,300.0lbs)
Headroom 1.88m (6'2")
Storage On marina


Sloop rigged Factory Aluminium spars (1992) with stainless steel standing rigging (1992)


Mainsail North - Slab (1992) Lazy Jacks, 1 Reefs
Headsail UK Halsey - Furling (2010)

Lewmar winches, sheets led aft through rope clutches. Second halyard on mast head available for spinnaker. Furling headsail is 2010 UK Halsey in excellent condition. Original main is North in good condition.

Electrical Systems

12 volt, 2 batteries charged by: engine, shore power


Construction GRP
Underwater profile Fin
Finish Gelcoat finish

In July 1969 Frank Butler, formerly of Columbia Yachts, built Catalina’s first model, the Catalina 22, in North Hollywood, CA. The company hoped to build 100 boats if all went well.

A very complimentary review in 2008 from SAILING MAGAZINE reports:

"The Catalina 28 underscores why Catalina has built more sailboats than any other American builder—more than 60,000 and counting. This versatile sloop is easy to handle and sails surprisingly well. There is nothing extreme about the design and it’s relatively simple to maintain. The high-volume interior has more room than many 32-foot boats. There is excellent factory support, an active owner’s group and parts and services are readily available. The 28 is affordable to buy and to operate. Furthermore, when you want to move up or down there is a well defined market for selling the boat. This adds up to a formula for success in an industry where failure can be the norm.

"If you’re looking for a first “big” boat to introduce your family to sailing, or simply looking for one of the best values in the 28- to 30-foot range, you owe it to yourself to look closely at a used Catalina 28.

"Designed by Gerry Douglas and his in-house design team, the 28 sports the distinctive Catalina profile. The sheerline is flat, the bow overhang is moderate, the broad transom is reversed and there is ample freeboard. The sloping cabin trunk extends well into the foredeck and the dark portlights are vintage Catalina. This is a big 28-foot boat, and not just because the LOA is actually 28 feet, 6 inches. The beam is a healthy 10 feet, 2 inches and it’s carried well aft, especially in the MK II, and the bilges are full, creating a voluminous hull.

"Below the waterline, the forefoot is relatively shallow, the fin keel angles aft and the rudder is balanced, another example of Catalina’s well-honed hull shape that provides decent performance through a range of conditions. The standard draft is 5 feet, 3 inches. The iron ballast weighs in at 3,200 pounds for the standard fin keel model. The fin keel model displaces 8,300 pounds. A double-spreader sloop, the 28 was offered with either a standard or a tall rig. By most accounts the boat is stiff in a blow. The fin-keel standard-rig 28 has a sail area-to-displacement ratio of 14.21, while the tall rig bumps it up to 15.46. Either way, the 28 will not be a demon in light air.

"Catalina uses its production scale to build boats efficiently. For example, they use the same hatches and deck fittings on several different models, streamlining production costs and for the most part, passing savings on to consumers. That does not mean the company’s boats are not well built. On the contrary, while smaller Catalinas less than 40 feet are not specifically built for crossing oceans, they hold up very well under most cruising conditions. And of course, plenty of Catalinas have completed impressive bluewater voyages, including circumnavigations. Catalina owners are loyal. It is safe to say that more owners stay with Catalinas when they move up to a larger model than with any other manufacturer. This simply would not be the case if its boats were poorly built."


Total # of berths 4
No. of double berths 2
No. of single berths 2
Cabin(s) 2
Handbasin 1
Shower 1
Heads 1 heads (Manual)
Cooker tick
Grill tick
Oven tick
Sink tick
Icebox tick
Carpet tick
Curtains tick
Cabin heating tick
Pressurised water system tick
Non-Smokers tick
Microwave tick

The 28 is suitable for a couple or a small family. An athwartship berth under the cockpit accessible from the starboard side provides the largest double berth. The salon has a single berth/settee on both sides. The V-berth, although a double is fairly tight and good for the kids. Storage has been increased in this customized example as well as galley counter and cabinet space added and a custom salon table. Carpeted throughout plus a Force 10 cabin heater makes this a nice little year-round sailing vessel. The hot water tank has been removed by her owner in order to free up some additional storage space. This would be a very modest replacement job for a new owner as the electrical and plumbing hook ups are still there.

2 burner gas cooker

Nav Equipment

Compass tick
Speed tick
Log tick
Radar tick
VHF tick
GPS tick
Chart plotter tick
Autopilot tick
Stereo tick
Clock tick
Barometer tick
Navigation lights tick
TV tick
DVD tick
Echo sounder tick
Radar Reflector tick

Autohelm Tri-data speed, depth and log. Furuno 1621 Radar with adjustable monitor mount, Garmin 176 GPS/Chartplotter with US and Canada chips.

Deck Gear

Spray dodgers tick
Warps tick
Fenders tick
Boathook tick
Swim Platform tick
Swim Ladder tick
Instrument Covers tick

2 halyard winches
2 sheet winches
Manual Simpson Lawrence windlass
1 anchors
9.14m (30'0") of chain
76.20m (250'0") of warp
The seller reports they have a 2009 model Apex 8.5 foot hard bottom dingy and a 2009 Yamaha 9 HP motor they would provide if a full price offer on the boat is tendered. Motor is pictured in listing but does not automatically go with the boat.


Contrary to popular belief you can troll fish from a sailboat. It may not be ideal but, it's just as much fun!

Safety Equipment

Searchlight tick
Horn tick

2 bilge pumps (1 manual / 1 Electric)

Flares and Fire Extinguisher up to date

Broker's Comments

This very nice Catalina 28 was purchased new by her current owner. There are numerous custom features added to this boat. Her owners have used the boat regularly, and kept it clean and well-maintained. She has all the navigational electronics you'll need plus there is a very active owner group here in the Puget Sound. If you're in the market for a Catalina 28 be sure to come look at this one before making your purchase decision!

These boat details are subject to contract.
Note: Offers on the asking price may be considered.

This Catalina 28 has been personally photographed and viewed by Gary Buck of Boatshed Seattle. Click here for contact details.
Disclaimer The particulars detailed herein are intended to give a fair description of the vessel but their accuracy cannot be guaranteed. These particulars are not and shall not form part of any offer or contract for the sale of the vessel and are supplied on the understanding that all negotiations shall be through Boatshed, who act as agents for the vendor. The vendor is not selling in the course of a business unless otherwise stated. The prospective purchaser is strongly recommended to check the particulars and, where considered appropriate, at his own expense, to employ qualified agents to carry out structural and/or mechanical and/or electrical surveys and inspections in order to assess the actual condition of the vessel before purchase.

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