Frank Bulter - Builder of 75,000 Boats

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May 23, 2016 by John A

Back in 1970 Frank Butler founded Catalina Yachts by launching the Catalina 22 hoping he might sell 300 of them.  He went on to sell 16,000.  That, combined with numerous other models leading up to the new Catalina 425 launching this week, has added up to 75,000 boats built during Butler's boatbuilding career - a career he still manages today as he continues now in his 90s.  

You can read the story in the recent issue of Boat US magazine, itself celebrating a milestone this year with 50 years of serving US boaters.

Boat U.S. would like to invite all current Catalina owners to sign up, hoist their sails and set sail to celebrate sailing and both of these milestones in the world of sailing.

The fishing issue has a story on how Butler got hooked on sailing.


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Congrats to Frank on his achievement. I am proud to have met Frank several years ago, and have owned 6 Catalina's from C-14.2 to Cat 30. These are probably the best boats for the money, and dog gone "fun to sail". Glad to be a Catalina owner!!!!

I'm a proud owner of a Catalina 250. Every spring, when "10-foot-itis" hits me I fantasize only about moving up to a bigger Catalina!

My wife and I are the proud owners of a 1982 Catalina 36 hull # 6. We love the design, style and sailability; and would only change boats to move up to the 42 foot model. Thanks for building such a great boat.

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