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The Catalina 34, first produced in the 1986 model year (with the first hulls constructed in 1985), has been in near-continuous production for more than a decade. This page recounts the C34s history. It's still a work in progress; please contribute any information you may have. Thanks to Ron Hill for contributions to this page.

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To see how the Catalina 34 developed over time, visit the Gallery. You'll find photographs of C34s arranged by hull number. The links below will take you directly to images of vintage boats. Or click here to read a review by Practical Sailor

A Catalina 34  Timeline 

The C-34 has evolved since 1986 always having the choices of the tall (approximately 52 feet) or the standard (approximately 50 feet) mast and the wing (4 feet 3 inch) or fin (5 feet 7 inch) keel. Check out the original order form and price list.  I bought my Catalina 34 because I became convinced that the evolution has not been change for change sake, it has been in response to recommendations from C-34 owners.  It continues in small ways from year to year.  Dave Smith.

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1986 Introduction 

The early 1985 and 1986 hulls have a deck stepped mast with a Universal 25 (21HP) diesel engine.  Read the review of the original C34, courtesy of Sail Magazine.

1987 Keel-stepped mast and larger enginewpe6.jpg (11447 bytes)

The 1987 through 1990 hulls incorporated a keel stepped mast with a Universal 25XP (23 HP) engine.   

1989 Open transom model introduced 

In 1990-91 the hull incorporated a walk-through transom and a Universal M35 (30 HP). Gradually, many changes were incorporated that were later to characterize the Mark II: for example, the walk-through transom was added on 11/30/89, an aft deck shower on 3/6/90, and a single-line reef on 12/10/91. The last Mark I models look very much like Mark IIs.

Only two C34s produced this year in anticipation of new Mark II model

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The MkII again has a deck stepped mast with a redesigned hull which is noticeably beamier in the cockpit and transom areas.
 New features Wider above the waterline at the stern making the cockpit wider.  Seats on the stern pulpit.   Deck stepped mast with compression post in lieu of keel stepped.  New head mold for better drainage and easier cleanup.

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Revised deck mold, elimination of dorade vents, lower traveler, revised companionway hatch and slides, elimination of virtually all topside teak, relocation of engine control panel to steering pedestal, fixed cockpit table (option?), new interior cabinetry with louvered teak fronts in lieu of sliding black Plexiglas, addition of hanging locker in aft cabin, revised galley counter (corian?) with trash bin and elimination of fold-up counter extension, rubber flooring in galley area, revised and relocated electrical panel (Bob Greenhaus)




Last modified by Bob Kuba, Tuesday, July 7, 2009 Copyright 2001 by Catalina 34 International Association.  All rights reserved.