In 1983, Frank Butler and his designers set out to build a more modern version of the Omega 14, another Catalina boat. Frank says his intention was to build a family boat with a simple rig, and build them in quantity so that they could be competitively priced. Catalina didn’t envision the boat being used for racing, but in Southern California three racing fleets spontaneously formed within two years. Others formed later as far away as New Jersey.
In 1996, after 2 previous designs, a major redesign was undertaken, creating the Mod 3. Either by luck or by design, the speed of the Mod 3 is about the same as Mods 1 and 2, based on an earlier analysis I did of race results in our fleet. The Mod 3s seem slightly heavier, but the stiffer hull makes for less flexing in the chop, so the overall effect is roughly equal speed.