New to the market in 2016, the 425 is large enough for extended cruising yet easily handled by two people. The 425 incorporates all of Catalina’s hallmark features: a functional and spacious cockpit, a comfortable and carefully detailed interior, and a strong and reliable build quality. 

The revolutionary cockpit includes lengthy 6’6” seats and a starboard cockpit seat which converts to a double berth or deck lounge. The seats are extended to an 18” depth for additional comfort and protection from the weather. The deck features twin helms on performance pedestals with pre-stretched cables, and angle foot braces for the helmsman. The engine control is starboard and low enough to prevent tangling with the sheets. The sleek, low profile cabin structure with flush deck hatches creates excellent visibility and the helmsman’s seating is raised over 7” above the port and starboard lounge seats for improved line of sight. Large pushpit seats are situated behind the helmsman on both the port and starboard sides. The winches are placed well aft for ease of single-handed sailing. Stoppers for the main and jib sheets are sited just in front of the aft winches to remove a tripping hazard and allow a comfortable seating position on top of the combings. The line of the deck and shape of the topsides aims for a dry, comfortable ride. The deck hardware is oversized for additional safety and ease of handling.

A self-tacking jib and jib traveler are standard, and main and jib sheets are lead to the helm for efficient short-handed sailing. Roller furling mainsail and headsail are standard. An extended genoa track can accommodate sails from a storm jib up to 155% to ensure comfort in all conditions. An attachment point for a “Code 0” or an asymmetrical spinnaker is integrated into the anchor rollers at the bow. A double anchor roller is included with the ability to carry two permanent anchors with two rodes in a divided bin. The windlass is operated by a wireless remote control and there is an option to be able to deploy the anchor from the cockpit. The foredeck is large to provide space to work on the foresail. Excellent upwind performance is created by inboard chain plates for improved sheeting angles.

The weather decks are open and wide at 25” and deliberately uncluttered to provide excellent visibility and ease of movement. The stanchions and life lines are raised to 28” for extra safety on deck. The 6’ cabin top space forward of the traveler creates an additional sunbathing and resting area towards the bow of the boat. Catalina’s trademark diamond non-skid provides a robust and low maintenance surface under foot. A flush hatch is situated on the stern and is large enough for life raft or dinghy storage. There is a retractable stern platform which is ideal for swimming and, when combined with the split backstay, eases boarding from the stern.

The cabin is entered via a unique vertically telescopic cockpit hatch. The companionway hatch is made of Lexan which is strong enough to walk on and allows light through to the main saloon. The ergonomic cockpit is complemented by the recessed companionway which creates a resting and bracing surface for comfortable and safe operation of the halyard winches.

The spacious feel is continued below deck, with 6’-8’ head room in most areas. Six large fixed ports recessed into the hull provide lots of light and visibility, which is complemented by direct and indirect LED lighting. The central gull wing hatches provide excellent ventilation.

The saloon is a truly usable living space, with a large U-shaped dinette and lounging chairs. The forward owner’s cabin features a large centerline berth with an elevating adjustable mattress for reading and watching TV, a large blanket bin under the berth, and a 40” hanging locker. There are large double cabins aft on both the starboard and port sides. The aft double bunks feature 54” width at shoulder level. Storage includes hanging lockers in both aft cabins. The port cabin is easily converted to a storage cabin or workshop with a gull wing cockpit hatch for on deck access. All cabins are solidly built to provide sound privacy. The 425 has two spacious heads with elegant basins, enclosed showers and electric heads.

The large galley includes front-loading refrigerator and a separate top loading freezer. There is a three burner, polished, stainless steel stove with oven and a microwave. There is plenty of counter space and an additional pull-out countertop for over the stove. The double sink faces the saloon seating area and the splashback is short and transparent.

The 425 is designed for easy maintenance. A central accessible mechanical space provides excellent access to the primary engine, generator, water heater and air conditioners. Access is provided both under the companionway steps and through the port side aft cabin, which simplifies maintenance and inspections necessary for systems reliability. A dedicated filter locker is a unique 5 series feature. The Yanmar 57hp diesel engine is electronically controlled for improved economy and can be interfaced with Raymarine chart plotters for engine monitoring. Large capacity fuel, water and waste tanks are designed to benefit cruisers and are readily accessed. The electrical panel is high quality, hinged aluminium with space for additional breakers and equipment.

The 425’s extensive safety features are numerous. The watertight StrikeZone™ collision bulkhead is a below water impact absorbing chamber with a watertight collision bulkhead. The DeepDefense™ rudder system creates failsafe steering and the rudder has a molded –in leading edge to avoid the need for a vulnerable seam on the foil's vertical centerline. The T-Beam MastStep™ structure provides all the benefits of a deckstepped mast and the strength of a keel-stepped mast. The SecureSocket™ mast support/chainplate system facilitates perfect load resolution and watertight integrity. The load bearing grid work is extensive and prevents hull flex while distributing the weight of the keel. It has an internal flange hull to deck joint for extra strength. Methyl methacrylate adhesive is used in the hull to deck joint and to bond the structural grid which carries the weight of the rig and the keel. Knitted fabrics are used to create a stronger laminate without additional weight. End grain balsa coring is used above the waterline for additional stiffness and insulation. The hull has a moulded-in fiberglass toe rail. Catalina’s trademark lead keel is designed to absorb impacts for safety and requires less maintenance than other materials. The ballast ratio is high at 40%. All systems are designed following the recommendations and standards of the ABYC and IMCI to earn the highest rating of Category A - Unlimited Offshore. 

Independent Reviews

True to the 5 Series philosophy, the new 425 is contemporary in style, and traditional in function and practicality”.  - Cruising World

the style is clean, simple and strong…the interior layout is a well-thought out design…This layout would be excellent for a couple with two kids…  The starboard seat [on deck] is much deeper than the port cockpit seat. This is brilliant! If you are going to sit upright all you need is an 18-inch deep seat. But if you want to really relax and sprawl you need at least 22 inches of depth and 36 inches is even better. If you doubt me, the next time you go sailing with the family just look how people sit on the settees when you are underway. Women like to sit with the legs curled up under them. You can’t do this on an 18-inch-deep seat. Whoever made this design decision should get an award. Plus, think of the comfortable napping place it makes. I know my boys would have fought over it as their sleeping spot for the night.  - Robert H. Perry, Sailing Magazine.

The Catalina 425 is a very attractive design, styled with modern lines yet remaining conservative in Catalina’s fashion…dramatically new and different. - Which Sailboat

Our popular 42 that was launched in 1989 enjoyed a long production run of well over 1,000 hulls. In response to the continued high demand for a 42-foot cruising yacht, I’m proud of our team effort in designing the new 425. - Frank Butler, Catalina Yachts.


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