Catalina 250 Owner's Manual

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This manual contains the complete text of the Catalina 250 Owner's Manual (1st Edition 12-1-94; 2nd Edition 8-9-95) from the Catalina 25/250
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  • Page 1: Owners Manual

    Owners Manual This manual contains the complete text of the Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual (1st Edition 12-1-94; 2nd Edition 8-9-95) from the Catalina 25/250 National Association’s website ( It is not a complete, authorized copy of the original C250 Owner’s Manual from...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual TABLE OF CONTENTS PREFACE..................................... 3 FORWARD....................................4 YACHT INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATIONS ......................9 ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS............................10 DIMENSIONS..................................10 COMPARATIVE DATA (w/ Water ballast) ........................10 SAILS ....................................10 TANKAGE AND CAPACITIES............................10 RIGGING ....................................11 OPTIONAL MAST RAISING SYSTEM..........................11 STEPPING THE MAST ..............................
  • Page 3 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual REQUIRED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT ......................... 34 FIRE EXTINGUISHER (S) ..............................34 PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICES..........................34 HORN ....................................34 SUGGESTED SAFETY EQUIPMENT AND SAFETY PACKAGE..................34 ANCHOR, ANCHORING, AND MOORING ........................35 LIGHTNING PRECAUTIONS............................... 35 WARNING LABELS................................37 COMMISSIONING CHECKLIST............................
  • Page 4: Preface

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual PREFACE Congratulations on the acquisition of your new Catalina 250. All Catalina yachts are designed and built with care using quality materials to assure you years of sailing enjoyment with a minimum of upkeep and maintenance.
  • Page 5: Forward

    The systems descriptions and illustrations in this manual apply to boats built at the time of publication. Our policy of constant improvement necessitates that changes have been made to the Catalina 250 since its introduction. Therefore, these illustrations and descriptions may not apply to boats built before the time of publication.
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  • Page 10: Yacht Information And Specifications

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual YACHT INFORMATION AND SPECIFICATIONS Page 9...
  • Page 11: Additional Specifications

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual ADDITIONAL SPECIFICATIONS DIMENSIONS Distance from Waterline to Masthead 33'-4" Maximum Headroom w/ Pop Top down 4'-8" Maximum Headroom w/ Pop Top up 6'-4" COMPARATIVE DATA (w/ Water ballast) Displacement to Length 167.49 Sail Area to Displacement 19.8...
  • Page 12: Rigging

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual RIGGING OPTIONAL MAST RAISING SYSTEM STEPPING THE MAST Caution: The mast and other metal parts conduct electricity. Coming in contact with or near an electrical power line or lightning can cause severe injury or death. Stay away from overhead electrical power lines when sailing and/or launching the boat.
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  • Page 14: Lowering The Mast

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual LOWERING THE MAST 1. Check for overhead wires that may interfere with the mast lowering. 2. Install aft mast carrier in the transom and extend fully. 3. Extend front post of trailer. 4. Place webbing strap around the mast with main halyard attached. Lead hook and winch strap through rollers on trailer post, connect to line and webbing and tension line.
  • Page 15: Rigging Length

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual RIGGING LENGTH Page 14...
  • Page 16: Spreader Assembly

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual SPREADER ASSEMBLY Page 15...
  • Page 17: Masthead Assembly

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual MASTHEAD ASSEMBLY Page 16...
  • Page 18: Mainstay And Boom Vang System

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual MAINSTAY AND BOOM VANG SYSTEM Page 17...
  • Page 19: Tuning The Mast

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual TUNING THE MAST Your mast is held aloft by the standing rigging (forestay, backstay, upper shrouds and lower shrouds). The term "tuning" refers to adjustment of the standing rigging so that the mast remains "in column" when under load.
  • Page 20 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual 3. Once the mast is straight side to side, increase tension of upper shrouds taking an equal number of turns per side, until the fore and aft pre-bend induced reaches approximately 1 ½ inches. 4. The lower shrouds should be adjusted slightly looser than the uppers. The shrouds will help control the amount of pre-bend in the rig.
  • Page 21: Tuning Under Load (Second Part Of Tuning)

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual TUNING UNDER LOAD (Second part of tuning) The tuning at the dock gives an initial positioning of the mast but it is essential to tune the rig under load in order to compensate for dynamic forces that occur while sailing.
  • Page 22: Main Sail Reefing

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual MAIN SAIL REEFING Reefing should always be done before it becomes necessary. Some sailors use the rule of thumb, if the thought of reefing occurs to you, it is time to reef. Sailing at extreme angles of heel 25 degrees or more, is not efficient, fast or comfortable.
  • Page 23: Sail Plan

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual SAIL PLAN Page 22...
  • Page 24: Other Systems

    OTHER SYSTEMS CENTERBOARD SYSTEM The Catalina 250 features a centerboard which is operated from the cockpit. The 6:1 purchase system is located below decks, under the cabin ladder and the tail exits to the cockpit thru the fitting where the mainsheet base is attached.
  • Page 25: Water Ballast System

    The tank is emptied by removing the 250 from the water with the air vent and the inlet valve open. The tank will start to drain as the boat is pulled out of the water on the trailer and will empty in approximately seven minutes on level ground.
  • Page 26 5. When keeping the 250 in the water for long periods of time a few ounces of chlorine bleach may be added to the ballast tank water thru the air vent to prevent growth inside the tank, rinse the vent hose with fresh water after adding chlorine.
  • Page 27: Electrical

    The batteries are provided with a tie down to prevent tipping over at extreme angles of heel. Be sure these tie downs are fastened securely. With proper care, the battery installed in your Catalina 250 will provide long and satisfactory service. Proper care is not difficult, if a few basic points arc kept in mind: Your battery should be examined periodically for any cracks or breaks in the case or cover, and any cracks in the sealing compound.
  • Page 28: Discharged State

    ELECTRICAL SYSTEM The Catalina 250 is equipped with a standard 12 volt DC system. The wiring is run to prevent chaffing or contact with water, where possible, and is supported as needed. We recommend that you check alt the connections at least once a year for corrosion, loose fittings, etc.
  • Page 29: Wiring Diagram

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual WIRING DIAGRAM Page 28...
  • Page 30: Navigation Lights

    Generally, navigation lights should be used from dusk to dawn in all weather conditions. It is advisable to use the navigation lights any time visibility is poor. Your Catalina 250 is equipped with the following navigation lights: (a) Red and Green 112.5 E combination lights mounted on the bow pulpit.
  • Page 31: Accomodation Plan

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual ACCOMODATION PLAN Page 30...
  • Page 32: Deck Plan

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual DECK PLAN Page 31...
  • Page 33: Recommended Outboard Engine

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual RECOMMENDED OUTBOARD ENGINE An outboard engine of 8 to 15 horsepower should be adequate to propel the Catalina 250 at hull speed under usual conditions. A larger engine will not increase hull speed and may add unnecessary weight in the stern. Extra long shaft engines are recommended.
  • Page 34: General Safety Tips

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual 7. The boat should be seated properly on the trailer; that is, not ajar or tilted, and with the bow properly snagged into the rubber wedge at the front of the trailer. 8. Follow normal trailer procedures of connecting lights and safety chain, and be sure your hitch is well secured.
  • Page 35: Required Minimum Safety Equipment

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual REQUIRED MINIMUM SAFETY EQUIPMENT FIRE EXTINGUISHER (S) It is wise to locate an, approved for marine use, fire extinguisher near the galley, preferably below the cockpit hatch. Should a galley stove or engine fire start, you can always reach a fire extinguisher.
  • Page 36: Anchor, Anchoring, And Mooring

    4. It is impossible for Catalina Yachts to control changes which you, the owner, may make to the yacht which could affect lightning protection systems.
  • Page 37 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual A. ABYC recommends straight-tine wire runs. This is virtually impossible within the yacht. For grounding the shrouds: A battery cable, which clips to each shroud and extends outside the yacht to the water, can minimize the number of bends required. This method has the added advantage of keeping the power surge outside the boat, and allowing easy, routine inspection.
  • Page 38: Warning Labels

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual WARNING LABELS Page 37...
  • Page 39: Commissioning Checklist

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual COMMISSIONING CHECKLIST PRE-LAUNCH CHECK 1. _____Check all through hull fittings. 2. _____Hull top sides clean, waxed. 3. _____Cushions, carpeting clean and in place. 4. _____Hatch lids present and fit OK. 5. _____Lifelines and pulpits rigged and OK.
  • Page 40 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual RIGGING AND HARDWARE 1. _____ Mast Stepped 2. _____ Pin, tape and tune standing rigging. 3. _____ Backstay adjuster, whisker pole, spinnaker gear, boom vang, OK. 4. _____ Blocks, cars, rigged, OK. 5. _____ Check all winches, winch handles present.
  • Page 41: Maintenance Guide

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual MAINTENANCE GUIDE PRE-USE MAINTENANCE: RIGGING 1. ____ Inspect turnbuckles - adjust, if necessary. 2. ____Inspect clevis pins and cotter pins. 3. ____Visually inspect spreader tips and other areas where sails may chafe during sailing; replace tape as necessary 4.
  • Page 42 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual HULL, DECK AND CABIN 1. _____ All chain plates and through bolts tight. 2. _____ Disassemble winches and lubricate bearings and pawls. 3. _____ Inspect and coat electrical system connections, battery tie downs and terminal connectors to prevent corrosion.
  • Page 43 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual 1) Be sure the area around the damage is wiped clean and dry. Re-move any wax or oil from the inside of the hole or scratch. 2) Using a power drill with a burr attachment, roughen the bottom and sides of the damaged area and feather the edge surrounding the scratch or gouge.
  • Page 44 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual 5) Lay a piece of cellophane or waxed paper over the repair to cut off the air and start the "cure." 6) After 10 or 15 minutes the patch will be partially cured. When it feels rubbery to the touch, remove the cellophane and trim flush with the surface.
  • Page 45 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual 10) Lay piece of cellophane over the patch to start the curing process. Repeat step 6, trimming patch when partially cured. 11) Immediately after trimming. place another small amount of gel coat on one edge of the patch and cover with cellophane.
  • Page 46: Care And Maintenance Of Your Rudder

    Yachts Gel Coat Five Year Limited Warranty Anti-fouling paint should be applied to the bottom of your Catalina 250 if it is to be moored in either fresh or salt water for any length of time. There are many brands available. Anti-fouling paint prevents the growth of algae, barnacles, and other fouling organisms on underwater surfaces.
  • Page 47 Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual Unlike running rigging wire rope, Which gives us clear signs that it is deteriorating by broken strands and "meat hooks", standing rigging may give no sign that failure is imminent. The usual point of failure of stay or shroud is approximately 1/4" inside the bottom swedged threaded stud fining which threads into the turnbuckle barrel.
  • Page 48: Sail Maintenance

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual SPARS Like all other fittings, mast and booms, although anodized, suffer from salt water, air and spray. These should be kept waxed where possible, and, at least always hosed down with fresh water. Always see that the halyards are tied off away from the mast. This will eliminate slapping in the wind and subsequent marking of the mast.
  • Page 49: Interior Cushion, Fabric Cover Cleaning

    Catalina 250 Owner’s Manual MILDEW: Hot soapy water with a little bleach will generally prevail. After scrubbing, leave the solution on the fabric for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly. When using bleach, a residual chlorine smell may be present after rinsing. A 1% solution of Thiosulphate (photographers Hypo) should remove all chlorine traces.

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