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One More Happy Customer

Hi Mike, I love, love, love my doors. Terry Frazier more »

Catalina Retrofit Hatches

With more Retrofit Hatches in production I would like to share the reasons for buying them. The most often cited reason by customers is for letting in light just like the more modern boats after 1986 with respect to Catalina. Just like the more modern Lewmar and Bomar hatches you do not step on them more »

Retrofit Window Testing

Before leaving October 1st for the Annapolis Boat Show,a customer called me from Florida eager to inform us that his windows have not leaked after three major tropical storms. Now I thought that was just great. Most customers call having anxieties that the windows have not leaked yet. This customer was exuberant over surviving some more »

!Cockpit Tables Features + doors

COCKPIT TABLES BY CRUISING CONCEPTS Features: -Flush Mounted Hinges, stainless steel -7/8″ solid teak tables made from one plank for elegance -First European Quality teak  -End caps add longevity -Auto-locking stainless steel supports for 200 lb. support -Inlays are available.  Boat logos, Compass Roses, Mermaids -Custom Sizes available.  CALL US!  Companionway doors for boats are more »

Companionway Doors

While companionway doors are not a substitution for the drop boards, it is important to pick a robust design. We offer both teak and plastic, Starboard, doors. Teak is the strongest hands down over the plastic as the plastic yields under very little force. That is why we use a 3/4 by 1 3/4 weather more »

Annapolis Boat Show

Just got back from the Annapolis Boat Show. I would say it was a good boat show with more booths than ever and the boats shown seem to have markedly increased compared to the last few years, a nice up trend in the industry. In case you missed the show I will attach the booth more »

Locks for Companionway Doors

While keyed and combination cam locks for entry ways with rotating arms for Companionway doors are popular none under a $100 wholesale cost are made of all stainless steel. In spite of claims otherwise the internal lock mechanism is made out of steel and zinc. It turns out that only the trim ring outside maybe more »


It always sounds too early to be asking to get your holiday order in early. Seriously though, if you have an idea please do not wait to call me. So often there is not enough time and we will have to use a good picture for the present until it arrives. Mike more »

Storm Relief

Pierrick Chouard, a customer, who has, a wonderful chocolate factory in New Jersey, just checked in with his personal email about his boating survival story with his Catalina 36 during Hurricane Sandy as follows: Pierrick Chouard Nov 4 (3 days ago) to me Here is a description of what I went through. You know more »

Catalina Retrofit Windows

As pointed out to me on the older Cruising Concepts site, screws for the retrofit windows kits are still shown. They are no longer used and have been updated with a newer sealant used by Catalina Yachts. I know some of you still like the idea of the screws but eliminating them gets rid of more »

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