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Catalina 470 Wing keel

Sailboat specifications

The Catalina 470 is a 46’4” (14.12m) cruising sailboat designed by Gerry Douglas (United States). She was built since 1998 (and now discontinued) by Catalina Yachts (United States). The Wing keel version is offered with a short keel fitted with large winglets. This configuration provides an interesting draft / low center of gravity / upwind performance trade-off.

The Catalina 470 is as well listed, on, in Fin keel and Tall rig version (see all the versions compared).

Catalina 470's main features

Catalina 470
Wing keel
Hull type
Offshore cruising sailboat
Sailboat builder
Sailboat designer
United States
Hull and deck: GRP (glass reinforced polyester)
First built hull
Last built hull
Keel : wing keel
Twin helm wheels
Single spade rudder
EC design category
 iThe CE design category indicates the ability to cope with certain weather conditions (the sailboat is designed for these conditions)

A: Wind < force 9, Waves < 10m
B: Wind < force 8, Waves < 8m
C: Wind < force 6, Waves < 4m
D: Wind < force 4, Waves < 0,5m
Standard public price ex. VAT (indicative only)

Catalina 470's main dimensions

Overall length
47’ 11”14.6 m
Hull length
46’ 4”14.12 m
Waterline length
42’12.8 m
Beam (width)
14’4.27 m
5’ 6”1.68 m
Mast height from DWL
63’ 4”19.3 m
Light displacement (MLC)
27750 lb12587 kg
Ballast weight
9548 lb4331 kg
Ballast type

Catalina 470's rig and sails

Upwind sail area
1010 ft²93.83 m²
 iFore triangle height (from mast foot to fore stay top attachment)
58’ 2”17.75 m
 iFore triangle base (from mast foot to bottom of forestay)
17’5.18 m
 iMainsail hoist measurement (from tack to head)
51’ 6”15.7 m
 iMainsail foot measurement (from tack to clew)
20’6.1 m
Rigging type
Sloop Marconi masthead
Mast configuration
Deck stepped mast
Rotating spars
Number of levels of spreaders
Spreaders angle
0 °
Spars construction
Aluminum spars
Standing rigging
1x19 strand wire

Catalina 470's performances

Upwind sail area to displacement
 iThe 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 25 it indicates a fast sailboat.
187 ft²/T17.34 m²/T
Displacement-length ratio (DLR)
 iThe Displacement Length Ratio (DLR) is a figure that points out the boat's weight compared to its waterline length. The DLR is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement in tons by the cube of one one-hundredth of the waterline length (in feet).
The DLR can be used to compare the relative mass of different sailboats no matter what their length:

a DLR less than 180 is indicative of a really light sailboat (race boat made for planning), while a DLR greater than 300 is indicative of a heavy cruising sailboat.
Ballast ratio
 iThe Ballast ratio is an indicator of stability; it is obtained by dividing the boat's displacement by the mass of the ballast. Since the stability depends also of the hull shapes and the position of the center of gravity, only the boats with similar ballast arrangements and hull shapes should be compared.

The higher the ballast ratio is, the greater is the stability.
34 %
Critical hull speed
 iAs a ship moves in the water, it creates standing waves that oppose its movement. This effect increases dramatically the resistance when the boat reaches a speed-length ratio (speed-length ratio is the ratio between the speed in knots and the square root of the waterline length in feet) of about 1.2 (corresponding to a Froude Number of 0.35) . This very sharp rise in resistance, between speed-length ratio of 1.2 to 1.5, is insurmountable for heavy sailboats and so becomes an apparent barrier. This leads to the concept of "hull speed".
The hull speed is obtained by multiplying the square root of the waterline length (in feet) by 1.34.
8.68 knots

Catalina 470's auxiliary engine

1 inboard engine
Engine(s) power
75 HP
Fuel type
Fuel tank capacity
88 gal333 liters

Catalina 470's accommodations and layout

Closing aft cockpit with opening system
Cabin(s) (min./max.)
2 / 3
Berth(s) (min./max.)
4 / 8
Head(s) (min./max.)
2 / 3
Freshwater tank capacity
214 gal810 liters
Holding tank capacity
66 gal250 liters
Fridge/ice-box capacity
50.2 gal190 liters
Boiler capacity
19.8 gal75 liters
Maximum headroom
7’ 6”2.29 m
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