Marotta Yachts of Sausalito
100 Bay Street
Sausalito, California, US, 94965
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2000 Catalina 320 sloop

location icon Sausalito, California
Year 2000
Length 32 ft
Builder/Manufacturer Catalina

The Catalina 320 is a contemporary design that successfully combines the best modem features and construction with Catalina's hallmark comfort and value. Based on a high performance, high volume hull design, the 320 is light on the helm and tracks well under sail or power with motion and heeling gentle and predictable. The 320 performs well in a variety of conditions, with racing skippers enjoying the speed and cruisers appreciating the additional distance covered in a day's passage.

Carrying the deck beam well aft created space for an exceptionally large cockpit. The wide coamings and ergonomically correct seats and backs are important features considering the cockpit is where most time aboard is spent. Note the wide side decks with molded-in nonskid and bulwarks, giving easy, sure access to the foredeck and the electric anchor windlass.

Speed and cockpit space does not mean a compromise in accommodations. The unique interior is beautifully finished in a rich combination of teak and hardwoods complementing the beige textured fiberglass overhead and full hull liner. And attention to details like the custom molded galley counters with integral backsplashes, halogen lighting, and a cedar paneled hanging locker set the 320 apart from the ordinary.

This particular low time example is a clean shoal draft model that's competitively priced and lying Sausalito--all in all, a nice turn key package that's great for the Bay!

Check out the full Boat US review by clicking on FULL SPECS above.



Year Built 2000
Category Sail
Length Overall 34'3 ft
Beam 11'9 ft
Max Draft 5'9 ft
Construction Fiberglass
Hull ID CAT294850123
Keel Winged Keel
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 27 hp
Cruising Speed 5.5 kn
Maximum Speed 7 kn
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 19 gal
Water Tanks 1
Water Tank Cap. 51 gal
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 22 gal
Bridge Clearance 47'7 ft

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Yanmar
Model: 3GM30F
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 27hp
Type: Inboard
Year: 2000
Engine Hours: 335

Bright and airy interior shows nicely, teak & holly sole, 6'3 headroom. 

Galley Equipment

Twin deep stainless steel sinks with hot/cold pressure water, big icebox with 12V refrigeration system, two burner propane stove with oven. Head with manual pump to the holding tank with lockable Y-valve for pump out or maceration, showers in head and at transom.

Electronics and Navigation Gear

Full suite of Raymarine electrocics--C80 color chartplotter with radar overlay, ST6000 autopilot, ST60 knot meter, ST60 wind speed/directioon indicator, ST60 depth sounder., Horizon VHF radio. Dual AM/FM/CD stereo with speakers below and in cockpit.

Electrical System

110V AC / 12V DC. Thirty amp shorepower service, two 4D batteries with parallel switch.

Sails and Rigging

Double spreader deck stepped (with compression post) aluminum mast with 1x19 stainless steel standing rigging, dacron full batten mainsail, aluminum boom with internal outhaul/reefing lines and rigid vang, Garhauer mainsheet with traveller, 100% jib on roller furler, two #44 self tailing winches, two #30 self tailing winches. All lines lead aft thru six rope clutches and two jam cleats.

Deck and Hull Equipment

One piece fiberglass hull with balsa cored decks, walk-thru transom, spade rudder and wing keel, hull color is white with Midwatch Blue molded in boot stripe, boat was just hauled and bottom painted April 2021.

Stainless steel stanchions with double lifelines, stainless steel bow and stern rails with built in "catbird seats" at stern. Edson 40" stainless steel steering wheel, Edson folding table in cockpit as well as removable helm seat with back rest for longer trips. Electric anchor windlass.

Engine and Machinery

Low time on three cylinder fresh water cooled Yanmar diesel with full sound insulation.

Boat US Review of the Catalina 320 by Jack Hornor

The Catalina 320 was introduced in 1993, along with its little sister the Catalina 270, as the first in a series of designs intended to go head to head with the more contemporary, roomier, Euro-styled designs of Catalina’s competitors. It was an instant success and remains in production today with well over 1,000 built to date.

The most notable difference between the Catalina 320 and previous Catalina designs is the way in which the beam at the transom, compared to the maximum beam, is considerably increased. The beam at the transom of the Catalina 320 is 87% of the maximum beam while that of their earlier models was closer to 60%. This is an industry trend that can result in as much as 10% more interior volume for a given length and translates to added space for accommodations. In addition, cockpit space is considerably increased.

The 320 measures 32’ 6” LOA, beam is 11’ 9” and draft, with the standard wing keel, is 4’ 3”. A deep draft keel with bulb is offered as an option and draws 6' 3" feet. Displacement of the shoal draft model is 11,700 lbs and 11,300 for the deep draft version.

Construction of the hull of the 320 is basically a solid fiberglass laminate, with a spun-bound polyester fabric incorporated in some areas. This material is primarily used to build up laminate thickness and is not typically considered a “core constructed” composite. Balsa wood and plywood core materials are used in the deck and cabin structures. The interior of the 320 is made up of molded fiberglass liners which, in most cases, serve a dual role as structural reinforcement and foundations for berths, lockers and joiner work. Vinylester resins are used in the first layers of hull laminate to reduce the possibility of osmotic blistering and Catalina offers a five-year warranty against blisters. For more than 30 years, Catalina has built tens of thousands of boats following their time-tested methods with remarkable success.

On deck, the T-shaped cockpit with pedestal-mounted wheel steering offers comfortable seating for five adults. The centerline helm seat mounted just forward of the stern rail is removable, the center section of the stern rail folds aft and down making for a handy swim platform and boarding ladder. The side decks are uncluttered except for the necessary genoa track and the mast shrouds are well inboard for easy passage and improved sheeting angles. There is a storage locker on the foredeck for anchor and rode storage.

The interior of the 320 is designed with the port-to-port cruiser in mind and less thought given to sailors who make overnight or extended passages. There are comfortable in-port accommodations for two couples or a small family. The layout includes a V-berth cabin forward followed by the main saloon with a settee to port and convertible U-shaped dinette to starboard. The galley is aft to port and has a stove, oven, top loading icebox and double sink. There is a small navigation table just forward of the galley which, in a pinch, could be used as extra counter space. The head and entrance to the quarter berth cabin is opposite the galley. The head includes toilet, sink and integral shower and the quarter berth cabin has a large, athwartships double berth and hanging locker. There is adequate storage below the berths although hanging locker space is limited and there is no wet locker for wet foul weather gear, a feature which is all too often overlooked on current production boats.

Catalina has used Yanmar, Westerbeke and Perkins diesel engines of either 27 or 28 hp as standard auxiliary power at various times. All are freshwater cooled, all are dependable and all have good service support just about anywhere you sail. All provide sufficient power for this 11,000+ pound boat.

The average weekend cruiser will be well satisfied with the performance of the 320 and the weekend racer may be a bit surprised. Although the waterline length is considerably shorter and the sail area to displacement ratio is about the same as Catalina’s 34-footer, the Catalina 320 has better boat speed. With the factory supplied 150% genoa and fully battened mainsail, she will point to within 40 degrees of the apparent wind and the wide beam and the low center of gravity of the fin and bulb keel result in a stiff boat. The helm is light and well balanced, in fact, so well balanced that some complain it is difficult to feel and keep the boat in the groove.

Catalina Yachts has endured the ups and downs of the recreational boating market for more than 30 years by giving sailors what they want. And, while many of us dream of sailing off to the far corners of the earth, most do our sailing close to home and for all-too-short of periods of time. For us, the Catalina 320 is a well-designed and affordable choice that fits the bill well.

Review by Jack Hornor, N.A., for Boat US

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.