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Tanzer 22
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Description: Tanzer 22
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu March 5, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've owned my T22 for five years. It has a fixed fin keel; I'm told Tanzer built a lot more fixed-keel T22s than keel/cb boats.

I have a 140% genoa, 100% working jib and 70% storm jib. Some Tanzers also have 180% genoas, which would be great in light-wind areas such as Puget Sound.

Use the genoa in winds up to 13 knots or so. Fly working sails in Force 4. Tie in a single reef at Force 5, then go to two reefs and storm jib up to 35 knots. The T22 likes to be sailed fairly flat.

A 5- or 6-horse long-shaft outboard is right for this boat.

Strengths:
The T22's construction seems to be above average. Mine has no stress cracks or gel coat crazing in high-load areas such as along the genoa lead tracks, mooring cleats, winches, etc. No leaky chainplates, either.

I bought my T22 after comparing it to the Catalina 22. The Tanzer had a beefier rig and a little bit huskier construction. It has a lower PHRF rating than the Catalina, so I assume it's faster under sail.

My experience and research indicates the T22 will outsail comparable production boats -- except, of course, for the J-24 and other flat-out racers. She's no boxy dog.

There is an active class association (http://www.synapse.net/~alfas/sail/tanzer22/t22.htm). And although the Tanzer firm went under in the mid-1980s, many spare parts are still available. See details at the class association Web site.

Weaknesses
The most well-known T22 problem is the rudder. It's a swept-back, scimitar-shaped design that causes excessive weather helm in breezy conditions. Fortunately, a retrofit rudder offering a more balanced helm is available. The class association has details.

The T22's cockpit layout is awkward. You may want a mainsheet traveler for performance, but it divides the cockpit and is a shin-banger. The sheet leads to the cockpit winches (which, happily, are oversized in my boat) are not quite fair. And it's tough for the helmsman to tend the jib sheets unless a second cleat is installed aft the winches.

I consider the T22's low freeboard to be generally an advantage - except when sailing to windward in a breeze. You'll want to don your foul-weather gear.

The boat's interior has three problems. The worst is the ice box, a worthless front-loading model that should be ripped out and replaced with storage. You can fit a portable icebox under the V-berth insert, where the portable toilet is intended to go. Store the toilet under the cockpit, between the quarterberths, and slide it out for use. That way, you can stand up (with the hatch open) to pull up your pants. The boat has a fold-down dinette table, which is a silly feature in a 22-footer, in my opinion. I leave mine folded down. And the stock sink is too shallow to be useful. I'm going to try to fit a deeper sink, or just remove the thing altogether and use a bucket.

Other problems: it's hard for a typically un-limber grown-up to crawl in and out of the V-berth. And there's some wasted space that could be used for storage if you don't mind cutting access holes in the hull liner. A handy person would fit a couple of drawers under the shelf opposite the galley flat.

Summary: The T22 is a bit 70s-looking, but it's not embarrassingly garish like so many other boats of its vintage. Plus, it's a honest, wholesome boat and a proven design. I believe it's a far more able boat than those water-ballast designs that have flooded today's low-end sailboat market. And you can get a T22 for the price of a 1987 Honda Civic with 145,000 miles on the odometer.
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Review Date: Sun May 3, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An excellent family boat with a very generous cockpit for a 22 footer. Comfortably sleeps two. Fast. The shallow draft - 3 foot six inch - allows satisfying "gunkholing". Solidly built with good quality rigging. Interior finish items such as icebox could be better. Class association offers new rudder design.
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Review Date: Mon October 8, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very stable, fast 70's trailer sailor. Large cockpit (7+ feet), exterior that is dated or distinctive depending on your preference (I say distinctive). Fin keel points well. Sitting headroombelow with a vee berth (fully enclosable with curtain), 2 person dinette to port (folds down for berth), kitchenette (sink and RV style front opening ice box) and quarter berth to starboard. 2 large cockpit lockers and a covered gas tank locker aft. Outboard rudder. Highly recommended boat.

There are two excellent sources of information on Tanzers:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tanzer
and
http://www.tanzer22.com
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Review Date: Wed July 2, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Classic racer/cruiser, recently restored. New bulkheads & chainplates. New compass, deep cycle battery, cabin lights, VHF radio. Working autohelm, depth gauge. No time to sail her. $4995. Virginia Beach, VA. Call 757-652-8662.
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Review Date: Fri September 10, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I got a T22 for the following reasons:

- good daysailer (very large cockpit)
- capable coastal cruiser (sitting headroom, some people say cramped, but I love the cabin layout and my wife, son and I are very comfortable for a week or more)
- trailerable (moreso the swing keel model)
- extremely seaworthy, sturdy and safe
- inexpensive (they can often be had in the $3-5K range or even less)
- fanastic owners group (incredible resource that no other class of this era can claim)

The boat has met all of my expectations and more.
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Review Date: Wed February 23, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My saling partner and I happened on this Tanzer 22 by accident. The previous owner was moving out of state and needed to sell it. I was really happy that we got the boat though. The cockpit is about the largest I've seen for any boat of any size. We had as many as 6 adults in the boat sailing in the S.F. Bay in 30 knots. The best thing about the boat is the spaciousness of the cockpit area that allows you to really stretch out and is the space where you spend 99% of the time anyway. We purchased new sails, main & jib from Atlantic Sail Traders in Florida. Very affordable there. The boat doesn't point as high as an all out racer but it sails very well against all others. The construction is extremely beefy when you compare it with other 22 footers. The fiberglass is hand laid and very thick. We have sailed this boat in 35 + knots without reefing the main and with a 100% jib. Although this is tiresome and challenging it can be done without having to stop to reef. We had the speedy jiffy reef setup too, but elected on many occasions to just continue sailing. On those occasions that we did reef the main the boat sailed much better and was much easier to control when the winds were blowing 30+. We didn't have a spinnaker so we used the main and Jib with a jib pole wing to wing down wind. This works really well. We passed many other boats this way. The rudder is transom hung which is great so that you can check the condition and if you have a failure you can easily setup a jury-rig, however there is slippage and the boat does tend to roundup in heavy winds if you sail with too much sail. But it is under control when this happens. I have always felt safe in this boat in heavy air. The boat does like heavy wind more. Down below deck the cabin space is nice to just get out of the wind and warm up or to dry off if you need to. We threw out all of our ratty cushions and it makes the boat much cleaner and tidy. It looks better that way actually. The porti-potty had that awful chemical smell that nausiates so we pumped it out and put clean water and just a touch of bleach in it. That made for a much more pleasant smell in the boat. We saved this for if someone has to do number 2 in the toilet. Urinating is done in a regular bucket. The boat is good for camping out in. There is space for 2 in the v-berth and 2 in the forward cabin under the cockpit. Although the stove and ice box came with the boat we have never used either. It's so much easier to just use bring your food and beverages in a cooler and have hot beverages in a thermos. The boat has lots of storage space for all kinds of stuff. We had our 5 gal gas container in the cockpit locker 2 chain rode and anchor in the oposite locker. The dinette table was a novelty item in the 70s that proved not really useful. We never use it but it does make the boat look comfy. The sink with the water fountain has many practical uses. Our boat was also auxilary powered by a Honda 5 hp long shaft 4 stroke outboard motor. It was very heavy so we set up a several blocks with pulleys and had a 3 or 4 to 1 system to get the motor up and down from the motor mount. The power was adequate for the boat size and weight. I liked the way the height of the cabin top would shelter the people in the cockpit from the wind and water making it a pleasant sail. So much energy is wasted if your energy is drained from being cold and uncomfortable. Going foward in a blow isn't too hard either because there are stanchions with safety line all around. I would highly recommend this boat for the daily sailor and weekender.
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Registered: February 2009
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri July 24, 2009 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Sturdy construction, Fast, Affordable, Good weekender
Cons: Flush Deck looks strange to some, Cockpit doesn't drain well

I have had this boat for about 6 months and sail it at least once a week on puget sound. It is lively and responsive. I enjoy weekending at anchor on nearby islands. It sleeps 2 very comfortably. The cockpit is huge and is perfect for sleeping outside on a summer night. She is built very stout.

I have very few complaints. The ice box is worthless and the cockpit doesn't have adequate scuppers.

A great boat for the money.
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