Sailboat specifications and datasheets

Catalina 16.5 fin keel

The Catalina 16.5, here in "fin keel" version, is a 16’4” monohull sailboat designed by Gerry Douglas. She was built by Catalina Yachts (United States) and made of GRP (glass reinforced polyester). The production started in 1994 .

The Catalina 16.5 is as well listed, on, in version Centerboard (Trunk).

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Catalina 16.5's   Main Features
Model Catalina 16.5
Version Fin keel
Type of hull Monohull
Category Dinghy
Designer Gerry Douglas
Construction GRP (glass reinforced polyester)
First built hull 1994
Last built hull Still in production
Appendages Keel :
Fin without bulb
Helm 1 tiller
Rudder 1 spade rudder
Cockpit Closed aft cockpit
Unsinkable No
Trailerable Yes
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only) N/A
Catalina 16.5's   Main dimensions
Length overall 17’ 2”
Hull length 16’ 4”
Beam (width) 7’
Draft 3’
Mast height from DWL 22’ 10”
Light displacement 650 lbs
Ballast weight 249 lbs
Catalina 16.5's   Rig and sails
Upwind sail area 150 sq.ft
Rigging type Sloop Marconi 7/8
Rotating spars No
Mast position Deck stepped mast
Spars Mast and boom in Aluminum
Number of levels of spreaders 1
Spreaders angle Swept-back
Catalina 16.5's   Performances
Upwind sail area to displacementiThe ratio sail area to displacement is obtained by dividing the sail area by the boat's displaced volume to the power two-thirds.
The ratio sail area to displacement can be used to compare the relative sail plan of different sailboats no matter what their size. Upwind : under 18 the ratio indicates a cruise oriented sailboat with limited performances especially in light wind, while over 23 it indicates a fast sailboat.
Ballast ratioiThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of the stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the weight of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shape and the position of the center of gravity, only boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shape should be considered.
Higher the ballast ratio is, greater is the stability.
38 %

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