Don the white gloves and sunglasses when you board this boat – it’s that clean and shiny! For 8 years, this Air Force military couple have meticulously maintained VICTOIRE. You might think that all they did was go to the marina to clean and polish and label stuff, but you’d be wrong. They’ve taken her to Tofino, buzzed about the Broken Island Group, chilled out at Chatterbox Falls, done Desolation Sound, and gunk-holed around the Gulf Islands.
The Catalina 36 MK II Tall Rig is a very well-known vessel with an excellent reputation, for good reason. Her comfort and sailing abilities are second to none in her category. Her lines are lovely to look at and she’s a pleasure to handle.
You can raise the main, manage the sheets, traveller, vang, cunningham, and reefs right there from the safety and comfort of the cockpit. Of course, the jib is simple to unfurl and furl, especially with the new furling drum. Canvas and vinyl windows cover the cockpit from fore to aft, protecting you from the elements, but it’s all removable too if you prefer more sun and wind.
Stepping up on deck, you have nice 17” wide side decks. Handholds are well placed, stanchions are sturdy, and the toe-rail is 1 ½” high. The foredeck is relatively flat and unencumbered, making anchoring and sail management easy. The anchor locker is deep with a powerful windlass and foot control. The tall rig was designed to improve performance in light air and added 24″ to the 44′ 9″ standard spar height.
The companionway has a short, wide ladder that drops into the bright and clean interior. The engine is under the companionway, the galley to port, and a large cabin is to your immediate starboard. The galley has a centreline double sink, a 2-burner propane stove/oven, a top-loading fridge, and ample storage. The aft cabin has its own door, a hanging locker, drawers, and a massive bed, roughly king sized. It’s big enough to store a whole gaggle of kids.
Forward to port there is a U-shaped settee with a table in the middle. Many stories and meals have been shared there. The upholstery throughout is a lovely, navy blue microsuede. To starboard, the navigation table and electrical panel shares a bulkhead with the aft cabin. There is a seat on a swinging hinge beneath the table. Forward of that is a 2-seat settee, also with a small table in between. Perfect for a quick game of cards, or a snack. Both settees make into beds: one double and one single.
Moving forward still, you will find the head to port. It has 2 doors, one to the saloon and one to the V-berth. The head is manual, the sink has electric hot and cold water, and there is a sump for the shower. It’s bright and well-ventilated with an opening porthole and hatch. Across from the head to starboard is a large cabinet with drawers, excellent for storing items that you want easy access to.
The forward cabin has a V-berth, drawers, cupboards, and a hanging locker. Close the cabin door and access the head through a cheater door for utter privacy.
VICTOIRE has given this couple solid performance, whether sailing or motoring. She carries the best memories of many seasons at sea. Now, it’s time to pass her along to someone else. It’s time for a new set of memories to be built. Will they be yours?
Call me and I’ll be so happy to introduce you to VICTOIRE. I think you’ll find she’s a friend.
“Occasionally I do an inspection on a vessel that yields no recommendations, and this is an example. This vessel is in very good condition and the lack of deficiencies is testament to the maintenance and attention to detail that has been spent on the vessel.”