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The Chris 425/426/427 Catalina began life in 1971 as the Uniflite 42 Double Cabin. She turned out to be one of Uniflites most popular boats and earned a reputation for sturdy construction and a practical, well-arranged interior. In 1984, Uniflite ceased operations when the company went bankrupt. Chris Craft bought the molds (as well as the old Uniflite production facility in Bellingham, WA) and resumed production of this model the following year, calling her the Chris 425 Catalina Double Cabin. While she looked exactly like the old Uniflite from the outside, the Catalina had a fresh interior layout with walkaround queen berths fore and aftsomething the Uniflite 42 never had during her production years. The 425 designation lasted only a year; in 1986 she was called the 426 Catalina and benefited from a restyled and enlarged flybridge. The 427 designation came in 1987 and there were no further updates of significance. With standard 350hp Crusader gas engines, the cruising speed of the Catalina is 1718 knots (mid 20s wide open). Optional 375hp Cat diesels cruise at 2122 knots and reach a top speed in the mid 20s.
Overview Updated version of earlier Uniflite 42 (1971-84) turned out to be a popular model for Chris Craft. Known for her smooth ride, good handling qualities.
Features Spacious galley-down interior includes double berths fore and aft, full dinette, large galley with upright refrigerator. Big aft deck is a plus.
Comments Called Chris 425 Catalina in 1985; 426 Catalina in 1986; 427 Catalina in 1987-90.
Performance Standard gas engines cruise at 17-18 knots (mid 20s top); Cat 375hp diesels cruise at 21-22 knots (24-25 top).