Meet Felicità

Felicità (formerly Sea Angel) is a 2006 Catalina 42 Mark II cutter-rigged sailboat well outfitted for cruising.  She has a 56 HP Yanmar diesel engine, lots of storage for water and fuel, two heads and three berths (although we turned one into a garage). She is equipped with a CruiseRO watermaker, 1100 watts of solar power, several radios, and a bunch of safety gear.

Our friend, John Kretschmer, wrote a review of the Catalina 42 for Sailing Magazine and his stamp of approval as we were shopping bolstered our confidence when we wrote the check.


Centerline 3 cabin configuration, captain’s berth has queen bed, shower and composting toilet. Full galley with propane, oven and burners. Refrigerator with small freezer. Dometic auxiliary cooler/freezer. The 2nd head has been converted to a stand alone shower and hanging wet locker.

Nav table with full panel of electronics and controls. Fans available in all cabins.

Watermaker and full air conditioning, heat pump. Fin keel, depth 6.6′. 3 water tanks and a hot water heater, total 137 gallons. 46 gallon fuel tank. CruiseRO Watermaker, and a Panda Fischer diesel generator, with 10 gallon fuel tank.

Winslow four man life raft

Electronics and Communications

Zeus3 chartplotter
Halo20 radar
Three Triton2 Digital Displays
Triton2 speed/depth/wind instruments
NAC-3 autopilot
ForwardScan transducer
V60-B marine VHF radio (with Calls B AIS transmitter and receiver)
H60 wireless handset

IridiumGo combined with Predict Wind
SSB Radio


50′ 30a shore power cords. Pigtail to operate air conditioning
Lithium battery bank. See our post about this set up.
12v/110v systems throughout with 110v/12v outlets in all cabins
12 v breaker panel
Isolated 110 v breaker panel

Hull, deck, and sails

In-mast roller furling mainsail
Schaeffer roller furling headsail
Schaeffer roller furling staysail
Maxwell 1000w electric anchor windlass 8000
55# Spade anchor with 200′ 5/16 HT Chain and 200′ rode
25# spare anchor
Sea water wash down in anchor locker
Fiberglass cockpit table with folding leaves
Marine leather covered helm wheel
Iverson’s dodger, bimini, and full enclosure with mesh and glass panels
Canvas protective covers for helm and cockpit table

115% genoa
Asymmetrical spinnaker

10′ Truekit inflatable dingy with 5ph Honda outboard
(8) Personal flotation devices
(2) Throwable cushions
(2) Boat poles 
(9) Fenders
(4) Winch handles
(2) Cockpit cushions

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Meet Gretchen & Tim

Meanwhile, over on Instagram

Felicità and Salt Whistle arrived in Mazatlan in time for high tide and we’re safely and happily tied together at the dock. 🔹 Docking is not a favorite activity, especially when you have to drive through a narrow channel famous for being really shallow. 🔹 But this sweet little bird came and sat on the lifeline right as we made our approach to the channel and I like to think that was Captain Steve coming to tell me to relax. 🔹 He died four weeks ago today which makes me really sad. I wish I could call and tell him all about the awesome crossing we just did. 🔹#sailing #catalina42 #sailingcouple #mazatlan
It’s been a magnificent day of sailing. All the hard work we did to get the boat dialed in was for days like today. 🔹 And as if it could get any better… a simultaneous sunset off the stern and moonrise off the bow. #daysyoulivefor #catalina42 #sailing #seaofcortez #sunset #moonrise
All is well aboard the good ship Felicità. We’ve dialed back a bit to try to time our arrival to be at high tide tomorrow morning. 🔹And I’m going to work on making an early dinner. But first, some rest for me!
We’re having a great crossing to Mazatlan. Heavy winds this morning for about five hours, but we knew it was coming and had two reefs in the main and switched to the staysail with two reefs once the winds hit a sustained 24 with gusts to 29. 🔹 We’re crossing with our buddy boat, Salt Whistle, pictured here just moments ago. 🔹 We’re 60 miles from land and Starlink seems to be working like a champ. 🔹 We technically could switch to our Genoa as winds have dropped to 14. But, Tim is resting and I don’t want to get him up with the ruckus a sail change will cause. 🔹 Plus, we went so fast this morning, we’re about two hours ahead of schedule right now. So, for now we’ll poke along. 🔹 #sailing #catalina42 #catalina34 #sailingcouple
Tilly, our beloved @hydrovane , is back in service for our 30 hour sail across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlan. 🔹 It’s been a minute since she’s been out of the garage. I think Felicità perked up when Tilly arrived on the scene today. 🔹 We had an amazing sail today and anticipate that this next leg will also be a good one. #sailingseaofcortez #seaofcortez #sailing #catalina42 #sailingcouple #hydrovane
Headsail poled out, preventers on. Making the 45 mile run down to Cabo Frailes today. 🔹 If you read our tracker (link in bio), you know we were anchored in a rolly anchorage. Happy to report last night was calmer. We got some sleep.🔹 Life is good. 🤙 #sailing #catalina42 #sailingcouple
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