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

#reunited with his true love ❤️
One boat goes into storage and the other one comes out of her winter home. Tim is reunited with his favorite boat, Sprinkles, our #rhodes19 🔹 Time to get her tuned up for racing in Chicago and New Orleans. #sailing #sailinglife #dingysailing #onedesignracing
The mighty crew of Felicità has made it home to the North Woods of Wisconsin. 🔹 We visited family and friends in Arizona, Nevada, and Colorado 🚗. Celebrated my nephew’s graduation 🎓, got haircuts 💇‍♀️, did some big repairs to the Volvo 🤑, and managed to dodge Covid even though we had a close call 😷. 🔹 We have lots going on this summer, but for now we’re happy to sit still for a minute. And before we know it, it’ll be October and time to return to our girl ⛵️ . #homesweethome #wisconsin
‼️ Auntie brag alert ‼️ One of the reasons we hauled the boat out so early in May was to make sure I was in Colorado to watch my favorite nephew, Beres, set foot into his next chapter. @templeuniv , you’re lucky to have this fine young man headed your way! #goowls #templeuniversity #thefutureisbright
The Hoover Dam tour is well worth the trip. 🔹The only thing that was SUPER weird was the complete lack of acknowledgement that the water levels are dropping to drastic levels. #nothingtoseehere 🙈🙊🙉 #hooverdam #waterreclamation #nowater #lakemead
I’m making Tim do tourist stuff today as we make our slow way home to Wisconsin. 🤣 #hooverdam #visitingmom
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