is one of the largest yacht builders in the world, with over 60,000 boats manufactured to date. Catalina is a U.S. builder of fiberglass monohull sloop-rigged sailboats ranging in sizes from 8 to 47 feet in length. The company was founded in 1969 in Hollywood, California by Frank Butler. Though Catalina produces boats as small as eight feet under their Capri nameplate, they are best known for their production of mid-sized cruisers. The ocean-going Catalina 50 was their largest design, but is now discontinued. However, most original models are still in production, albeit with substantial modifications, and there are examples of every Catalina model still in use today. Butler originally named his company Wesco Marine and then later Coronada Yachts. Many Early Coronado 25 yachts have the Wesco Marine nameplate on the transom. Catalina is known to build sturdy boats, able to withstand “real world conditions,” perform well, yet cost less to maintain. Catalina yachts also have excellent resale value. In 1984 Catalina acquired Morgan Yachts and continues to use the brand name for the new deck-salon style CatalinaMorgan 440 introduced in 2004.