1996 Catalina Yachts 400

in Huntington Beach, CA


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1996 Catalinia 400, 40' 6'' A state of the art, high-performance cruiser that can be easily sailed single handed. The heart of the unique yacht is its carbon fiber aero rig. The rig features a free-standing, rotating, carbon fiber mast with attached carbon fiber booms for both the main and the jib allowing simple, single handed sail trimming. What about that rig? Well, the AeroRig utilizes an unstayed, rotating mast that incorporates a long, rigid boom, which extends both forward and aft of the mast. The mainsail is attached to it the same as any other mast and boom. On the forward side of the mast there is a headstay that goes near the masthead to the tip of the boom. It is fitted with a roller furler. Just forward of the mast is a short curved traveler. The jib is sheeted to it so it is self-tacking. There is a sheet to control the fullness of the jib as well as a traveler control line, but once you set the shape and amount of travel, you cleat it off and forget about it. On deck there is a single point where the mainsheet is attached. That's about all there is to it. The principle behind this arrangement is that you trim the whole rig to the wind as a unit. On the wind, you have the boom almost on center line and the boat feels like a conventional boat, but as you ease off to a reach, you let the mainsheet out, and the rig rotates so that the apparent wind on the sails is the same as sailing upwind. As you continue to bear off, you let the sheet out until the rig is about perpendicular to the boat. It looks funny, but it does work. The counterbalancing effect of the jib reduces the load on the mainsheet and keeps the pace of that big boom very slow when jibing. Call Don Butler, [removed phone] or (click to respond). Boat is located in southern California.Listing originally posted at

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