2000 Catalina 470

  • 47 ft
  • Cruiser
  • Puerto Vallarta, MX

Yacht price :



 This is an opportunity to fly to La Paz, take delivery of this exceptional yacht and not have to sail all the way down the Pacific Coast to reach this destination from which you can sail anywhere in the Pacific or the World.

C'est La Vie is a one owner yacht which was customized in conjunction with Gerry Douglas, naval architect, and primary designer of the 470.  There is not another 470 like this on the market.  The owner was a very well seasoned yachtsman who knew what made sense in a blue water cruiser.

She is a two cabin yacht with owner stateroom and head aft- second stateroom forward with a second head, plus a generous workroom aft to port,featuring the following: storage area, locker, tool room and scuba storage area with compressor.

She is equipped with the following and many more upgrades too numerous to mention:

Boom furling main 

Wing keel with just under 6 foot draft for shallow water entry

135% Furling head sail by Carol Hasse, including foam luff and hand stitched corners, which may be reefed  to 90 % with proper shape

90 % jib for heavy weather and ease of handeling

Asymmetrical spinnaker with sock for ease of downwind sailing

Stay sail on detachable stay for heavy weather and double head sail for upwind performance

165 gallons of factory installed  fuel tanks

Water maker by Spectra- 14 gpm

Cold plate refrigerator and freezer by Sea Frost

Generator by Fisher Panda 6.5 with sound shield

350 watts of solar panels

Large workshop/storage area with built-in dive compressor

4 inch in diameter Stainless radar tower with outboard motor lift

Stainless steel rails surround the cockpit area rather than life lines for protection and utility. Also stainless steel mast pulpits provide safety when working on deck at the mast.

Hard top dodger with bimini , high end windows and detachable panels to enclose cockpit

2 wheels in cockpit made one size larger for ease of steering

48 mile range radar with color 10 inch monitor at nav. station and a 7 inch repeater at cockpit

Updated chart plotter at nav. station and cockpit

AIS monitor incoming and outgoing

Monitor wind vane swings out  for ease of entry from water

Autoprop 3 blade variable pitch for better performance and fuel efficiency with low drag

Heating and air conditioning by Marine Air

Electrical service can be plugged into 110 volt in US waters or 240 overseas

New Magnum 2800 inverter/charger ready to be installed in November 2017

Large T V which may be angled to view from cabin or cockpit

ICOM 710 single side band/ ham radio with Pactor III modum for sailmail and winlinks

$20,000 invested in custom cabin cabinetry and lockers in custom  storage area/workshop

This is a must see yacht for the offshore sailor.  She is ready to sail safely and with reasonable comfort  around the world. This prudent, experienced yachtsman thought of all contingencies when participating in the design and commissioning of this ocean going yacht. She has already sailed to New Zealand/Australia and back in addition to Pacific Coastal cruising with layovers in Mexico. Amazingly, this was accomplished mainly  by sailing double handed with his wife as crew. 




Basic Information

Puerto Vallarta, MX
Available for sale in U.S. waters:
Vessel Name:
Cest La Vie
Boat Type:
Hull Material:
Hull Type:
Hull Color:
Gerry Douglas-design team
Flag of Registry:

Dimensions & Weight

47 ft - 14.33 meter
14 ft - 4.27 meter
Draft - max:
6 ft - 1.83 meter
Bridge Clearance:
Dry Weight:
28500 lbs


4JH3-TE Turbo Charged
Cruise Speed:
Joystick Control:
Engine Type:
Drive Type:
Stern Drive
Fuel Type:
75 (Individual), 75 (combined)
Max Speed:

Tank Capacities

Fuel Tank:
165 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Fresh Water Tank:
145 gallons - 1 tank(s)
Holding Tank:


Total Cabins:
Total Berths:
Total Sleeps:
Total Heads:
Captains Cabin:
Crew Cabins:
Crew Berths:
Crew Sleeps:
Crew Heads:



General Description and Layout

The challenges of extended offshore cruising have been met with a display of strength, innovative design, and engineering that clearly define the Catalina 470. A unique, structural fiberglass grid is bonded to the hull and provides both strength for the hull and a massive foundation for securing bulkheads, equipment, engine, and tanks. Below there is a new standard of functionality and comfort. The galley is remarkable in its amount of cold, consumables, and equipment space. The generous deck beam is carried well aft providing for an expansive cockpit with twin steering stations. The nav station contains all necessary readouts. For easy maintenance, centrally located equipment clusters offer easy access to all pumps, valves, and filters. At every turn, equipment and systems have been engineered to the most demanding bluewater specifications: the first ever articulated traveler rotates fore and aft, spreading the load evenly over bearing surfaces for smoother main sheet handling and more precise trimming. Custom cheek blocks and raised genoa tracks guide sheets straight aft to large, powerful winches. Moreover, a powerful, double spreader rig and generous sail plan are balanced to deliver a remarkable combination of high performance and ease of handling.


Stove Princess LPG 3 burner w/oven 
Stove Fuel Tank: (1) Aluminum cylinder 
Location Inside transomʼs sealed port step locker
Shut-Off Valve OPD type at tank; 12 volt remote controlled solenoid at galley 
Fuel Hose Approved neoprene with swaged end fittings
Tank Regulator Good condition, with PSI gauge
Locker Ventilation Satisfactory – drains directly overboard
Refrigeration Top and side loading insulated iceboxes with Sea Frost 12 volt
cold plates (2 in freezer 1 in refrigerator)
Sink Double stainless steel
Sink Drain Overboard via Marelon ballvalve (below the sink)
Custom extra canned food storage built in

Custom storage cabinetry built in

Sail Inventory, Sail Area, and Rigging

Manufacturer specs
IJPE : 1010.25 sq ft
I : 58.25 ft
J : 17.00 ft
P : 51.50 ft
E : 20.00 ft
Working Sail Area : 1010.00 sq ft


Spreaders Double in-line aluminum 
Mast Step Deck stepped 
Compression Post 5” Flanged aluminum post

Boom is Furlboom-in boom furling

Boom vang is Selden

Stainless steel railing around cockpit for protection and mounting gear

Rails & Stanchions 1” Stainless steel pipe bow/stern rails and stanchions
Lifelines Double coated stainless steel wire –(2008)

Standing Rigging 1x19 Stainless steel wire

Wire End Fittings Swaged stainless steel studs, J-hooks and eyes

Turnbuckles Merriman chromed bronze open body
Stem Fitting Stainless steel flat bar type thru-bolted at the stem
Chain Plates Inboard stainless steel flat bar type thru-bolted at the decks; with
stainless steel tie-rods and plate anchors fiberglass bonded to the interior hullsides
Running Rigging
Genoa cars are on variable adjusting system which is controlled from cockpit

Sails include:

Main  2000  recut in 2010-Good condition

135 % genoa with foam luff by Carol Hesse-reefs to 90% with good fit-Good condition

90% jib-nearly new-excellent confition

Stay Sail-nearly new-excellent condition

Asymmetrical spinnaker-good condition Includes sock for ease of handeling


Keel Details

Wing keel-draws 6' with full load-Permits safe navigation in thin water areas-Loss of performance estimated by designer to be 1% compared to standard 8' draft keel

Equipment List

Catalina 470 Specifications - Standard Equipment Spar and Rigging - Double spreader masthead rig - Full batten mainsail with in boom furling - 135% Furling genoa, dacron with UV protection. - Complete standing and running rigging. - Internal pre-stretched dacron rope halyards New main sheet. - PVC wiring conduit with messenger in mast. Sail Handling and Equipment - Two, two speed self-tailing primary winches. - Two speed self-tailing halyard winch, port. - Electric main halyard winch, starboard - Halyards and vang control lines led aft. - Port and starboard line storage compartments. . - Main sheet traveler with car and multi-purchase adjuster system. -. - Inboard genoa tracks with ball bearing adjustable cars from cockpit. . - Boom vang, stainless steel with multi-purchase adjustment. Propulsion, Steering Controls - Dual station, independent pedestal controlled steering. - Compass v two-tone. - Twin helm cockpit with contoured coamings. - Fiberglass cockpit table with two leaves. - Walk through stern with transom boarding platform and storage lockers. - Stern boarding ladder with contour treads. - Double lifelines with gates port and starboard-solid rails protect cockpit area. - Mooring cleats, two fore and two aft. - Midship springline cleats. - Midwatch blue and silver sheer stripe. - Molded-in gel coat waterline, midwatch blue. - Large double anchor rollers on foredeck. - Electric anchor windlass, power up and down controls, with foot switches. - Anchor locker forward with divider and two scuppers. - Stainless steel hand rails on cabin top. - Cockpit cushions. - Stern rails with observation seats, port and starboard, with cup holders. -Hard dodger with canvass cover over cockpit. - Anodized aluminum toe rails. Interior - Satin varnished finish with gloss trim on interior wood surfaces. - Navigation station with chart table, and built-in upholstered contoured seating - Owners stateroom forward with queen size island berth, hanging lockers, drawers, vanity desk with seat and private entrance to head. - Main saloon features large dinette, gloss finished dining table to port, with settee seating starboard. - Owner's stateroom forward features large pullman berth, hanging lockers, shelves and private head with shower. - Large top access locker under berth. - Teak and holly veneer sole. - Teak veneer bulkheads and teak trim. -, 12 volt inverter speakers in the cockpit. Galley - Refrigeration system, DC cold plate powered with divided refrigerator-freezer compartments. - Microwave oven, built-in, AC powered. - 3 burner stainless steel stove with oven. - LPG, gimbaled with lock. - Stove hood with light and power vent to exterior. - Separate pump for ice box discharge. - Large top loading locker. - Soft composite galley sole. - Multi drawer bank. - In-counter trash chute to under counter bin. - Overhead cabinets with glass and dish storage. Plumbing Systems - Pressure water distribution with filter at pump. - Manifolded tankage with cleanouts. - 20 gal. hot water heater with engine heat - exchanger and 115V element. - Macerator pumps for overboard discharge of holding tanks, two independent waste systems. - Electric head aft, manual head forward. - Complete head compartment forward and aft with separate shower compartments. - Hot and cold deck shower at transom. - Selection manifold for water tanks. - Diesel fuel - 165 gallons in  separate aluminum tanks with selection valves and filters. - Dockside water pressure system.- Two heavy duty 12 volt DC marine batteries in service house bank. - Marine battery charger, multi-bank automatic. - International running lights. - 115V 30 amp shore power and adapter. - Masthead, foredeck and steaming lights. - 12 volt DC lighting throughout. - Custom 115V AC - 12V DC elec. distribution panels, separate main breaker panel and windlass control. - Circuit breaker for AC-DC electrical circuits. - Ground fault circuit protection. - AC duplex receptacles throughout. Catalina 470 Optional Equipment -  - Wing keel  - Cockpit dodger, side panels and window covers - Bimini, - Cockpit dodger, side panels, window covers and bimini with connector panel - - Canvas package with (1) mainsail cover, (2) wheel covers, (2) compass covers, (1) cockpit table cover and (4) winch covers - Cockpit Cushions, Vinyl, White with Grey Piping - Cockpit cushions, with closed cell foam, in lieu of standard   -- Mast with furling boom, in lieu of standard - Diesel generator with fresh water cooling, sound shield, interface switching panel and controls - Safety and equipment package - Air conditioning and heating, reverse cycle system with three units with individual controls -- 48 mile radar is 4 "pole mounted with crane for lifting outboard and stuff. 5 sails include main, 135 %genoa, 90% jib, stay sail, and spinnaker with sock.

Engines and Fuel Systems - Main & Generator


Model Yanmar 4JH3-TE turbo-charged
Horsepower 69 Continuous @ 3700 rpm; 75 maximum @ 3800 rpm
Year Installed 2000 Reported original

Engine hours reported 3300

Propeller is 3 blade Auto Prop with variable pitch for fuel economy- eliminates prop walk when backing

Generator-Fisher Panda 6.5 with sound shield


Fuel Systems:

Fuel Type Diesel
165 gallons per report

-Plumbing USCG approved neoprene
-Deck Fills (2): Outboard of each helm seat 
-Ventilation (4) Overboard at port and starboard hullside stern quarter sheer (2
per tank)
-Shut-Off Valves At tanks and in-line select below companionway stairs
Filter System Engine: (2) Racor #500 in-line fuel/water separators and engine
mounted element
Generator: Racor #500 in-line fuel/water separator and engine
mounted element


Voltage AC 120 volts shore power and shipʼs Balmar alternator-

Converter which changes to 240 in foreign ports
Shore Power System 30 Amp service with shore power cords
Voltage DC 12 volts shipʼs batteries; negative ground
Alternator-Balmar upgraded and rebuilt

Compressor built in to charge scuba tanks in storage cabin

Inverter-Magnum 2800 to be installed in 2017

Harken Electric halyard/furling winch

Generator-Fisher Panda 6.5 with enclosure

Air conditioning and heating system by heat pump -Marine Air

Refrigeration system-Sea Frost cold plate- 12 volt-2 plates in freezer 1 plate in refrigerator

Anchor windlass-Maxwell 1200

L E D interior lights

Converter which changes 110 to 240 for other country electrical systems

Water maker-Spectra 14 gpm

ICOM SSB 710 with Pactor III modum for sailmail and wind links

2 remote wind and monitoring systems in cabins near bunks for sea  conditions

2 hallagan lights on radar mast for night visibility

Circuit Protection AC and DC circuit breakers; DC fuses
Main Disconnects Perko battery disconnect/parallel switches;
AC and DC main circuit breakers at panels and inlet receptacles;
(2) AC power source transfer switches at panel
Switchboards Original Catalina AC & DC panels with DC analog volts and amps
meters; AC power “On” and “Reversed polarity” indicator lights
Spreader Mastʼs deck light
Cabin All are DC powered
Running At deck rails
Anchor At masthead
Steaming At mast
Cabin Courtesy 


-Diesel Tank Capacity 165 Gallons total reported

-Water tank capacity 145 total reported

Water maker 14 g p m-Spectra

-Plumbing Reinforced plastic hose
-Deck Fills (5) At port and starboard side decks forward and aft of midships
-Ventilation (5) Overboard at hullsides sheer immediately adjacent to the deck
fill plates
Pressure System 12 volt sealed pressure pump (below main cabin sole)
Water Heater Seaward 11 gallon 120 volt/engine heat


The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.

Catalina Yachts 470

This Catalina 470 is a one ownner ,unique and highly customized yacht for the blue water sailor who wants to begin his journey in the beautiful La Paz area of Mexico. Take the drudgery out of the coastal trip.  Just fly in and sail away.

This yacht was designed and modified under the direction and with approval of  Gerry Douglas, chief naval architect, in collaboration with a very knowledgeable yachtsman who had many sea miles of experience cruising the West Coast and knew what would work for long distance cruising with just his wife as crew.

Cest La Vie can easily be sailed by the single-handed seaman or couple without leaving the cockpit since all halyards are lead to the cockpit and stored in sheet/halyard bags

This yacht is a must see for the offshore sailor who is planning a trip around the world at a fraction of the original price.

Please note the many modifications to this well respected design:


Call Bill Semanek for showing information.  Call 951 704 4790 or email Bill at Bill@JK3 Located in Puerto Vallarta,  Mexico


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Disclaimer: The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his/her agents, or his/her surveyors, to instigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.(6360228)