Evolution of the Catalina 34
The original C34 was introduced in 1986 (first hulls produced in 1985). Designed by Gerry Douglas it quickly gained popularity as a fast, stiff, and sturdily built cruising yacht. It is a great light-air performer with commodious accommodations. The C-34 has evolved since 1986, always having the choices of the tall (approximately 52-foot) or the standard (approximately 50-foot) mast, and later in-mast furling. Additionally, the 1st year (1986) had an OPTION of a keel or deck-stepped mast (see 1986 price list), then later production switched to deck-stepped. It also offered a choice of a wing keel (4-foot 3-inch draft) or fin keel (5 foot 7-inch draft.)
The Catalina 34 launched with a Universal M-25 (21HP) diesel engine, evolved to an M-25XP (23HP), an M-35 (30 hp) option in 1990-1994, to the M-35XP, and finally an M-35B(C) engine (35hp) in the mkII (“(C)” being the designation for “Catalina” wiring standard.)
The Catalina 34 had 4 hull designs, the easiest way to identify them being three different transoms and the broader stern of the mkII.
In 1994 the transition began to a wider stern shape. The official roll out of the Catalina 34mkII was at the 1995 Atlantic City Sail Expo Boat Show, Hull #1295
Hulls produced in the 1995-1997 transition years with the wider profiles are considered Mk II’s.
Items of Interest
- Practical Sailor March 2015 review: The Catalina 34; 30 Years Later
- Price and options sheet spring of 1989
- Price and options sheet spring of 1995
- Price and options sheet spring of 2003