Catalinas are often known as the "Bavarias of the USA", but this refers to the numbers and not the build quality. The hull is thick, the boats are robustly and heavily built. Nevertheless, the Catalina 42 sails quite fast. Catalinas are often found in the Caribbean, so there is no teak on deck to burn your feet. The gelcoat is also off-white so that it does not dazzle in strong sunlight. In addition, the hatches open forward so that the wind blows through nicely at anchor. The Catalina shipyard really thinks ahead.