The Catalina Morgan 440 Sailboat
Specs & Key Performance Indicators

The Catalina Morgan 440, an aft cockpit sloop, was designed by Gerry Douglas and built in the USA by Catalina Yachts.

Published Specification for the Catalina Morgan 440

Underwater Profile: Wing keel & semi-balanced rudder

Hull Material: GRP (Fibreglass)

Length Overall: 45'11" (14.0m)

Waterline Length: 40'7" (12.4m)

Beam: 14'0" (4.3m)

Draft: 5'0" (1.5m)

Rig Type: Masthead sloop

Displacement: 25,528lb (11,579kg)

Designer: Gerry Douglas

Builder: Catalina Yachts (USA)

Year First Built: 2004

Published Design Ratios for the Catalina Morgan 440

1. Sail Area/Displacement Ratio: 17.3

  • Less than 16 would be considered under-powered;
  • 16 to 20 would indicate reasonably good performance;
  • Over 20 suggests relatively high performance.

2. Ballast/Displacement Ratio: 33.7

  • Under 40: less stiff, less powerful
  • Over 40: stiffer, more powerful

3. Displacement/Length Ratio: 171

  • Under 100: Ultralight
  • 100 to 200: Light
  • 200 to 275: Moderate
  • 275 to 350: Heavy
  • Over 350: Ultraheavy

4. Comfort Ratio: 27.8

  • Under 20 indicates a lightweight racing boat
  • 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser
  • 30 to 40 indicates a moderate offshore cruising boat
  • 40 to 50 indicates a heavy offshore boat
  • Over 50 indicates an extremely heavy offshore boat

5. Capsize Screening Formula: 1.9

  • Under 2.0 (the lower the better): Better suited for ocean passages
  • Over 2.0: Less suited for ocean passages

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Summary Analysis of the Design Ratios for the Catalina Morgan 440

1. A Sail Area/Displacement Ratio of 17.3 suggests that the Catalina Morgan 440 will, in the right conditions, approach her maximum hull speed readily and satisfy the sailing performance expectations of most cruising sailors.

2. A Ballast/Displacement Ratio of 33.7 would usually mean that the Catalina Morgan 440 would have a tendency to heel uncomfortably in a gust, and need to be reefed early to keep her sailing upright in a moderate breeze.

However, as she has much of her ballast concentrated in the wing at the foot of her keel, she's likely to be considerably stiffer than her published Ballast/Displacement Ratio might suggest.

3. A Displacement/Length Ratio of 171, tells us the Catalina Morgan 440 is clearly a light displacement sailboat. If she's loaded with too much heavy cruising gear her performance will suffer to a degree.

4. Ted Brewer's Comfort Ratio of 27.8 suggests that crew comfort of a Catalina Morgan 440 in a seaway is similar to what you would associate with the motion of a coastal cruiser with moderate stability, which is not encouraging news for anyone prone to seasickness. 

5. The Capsize Screening Formula (CSF) of 1.9 indicates that a Catalina Morgan 440 would be a safer choice of sailboat for an ocean passage than one with a CSF of more than 2.0. 

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