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Catalina 22
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Description: Catalina 22
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Review Date: Mon October 28, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Nice stable forgiving design. Very well built, with reasonably simple controls. However, the cabin is small, as you would expect for a boat this size. The hull is dark blue, and it shows lots of oxidation. I had to replace the electrical panel because of corrosion. I am very pleased with this boat. Previous owner sailed the boat as far South as Belize and Mexico and I sail it on Stockton Lake in Missouri.
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Review Date: Thu April 10, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Our Catalina 22, sail #12435, built ca. 1984 is an excellent
coastal pocket cruiser. The rig, masthead sloop, is strong and
suitable for a wide variety of wind conditions. The 550# swing keel
allows the boat to enter shallow waters, yet provides excellent
righting moment in deeper waters, putting the ballast down low, where
it belongs. By contrast, a water-ballast boat tends to be more tender.

The C22 has lots of storage areas down below. Each settee has an
access panel which can easily be lifted for storage, and the port
lazarette opens up to a cavernous storage area in which we keep oars,
deflated raft, sails, sail covers, PFDs (secured to be handy without
digging for them), stroller, and more. With our family of 4, we can
pack all of our stuff for Spring through Fall trips, and still have
space left over that we don't use because we find it too hard to get
to (but it's there if we need it).

Our model came equipped with a slide-out galley, consisting of a
water tank (around 10 gallons), flatware drawer, sink and water pump,
and cooler. We added an access panel to this to access unused space
under the sink, and use the cooler (which is hard to get to underway)
for storing pots, pans, cups, plates, etc. We added a T to the water
line so we can drain the tank when it's not in use. For real cooler
storage, we pack a cooler before our trips, and move it into the cabin
when we pack the boat. We have two coolers which fit nicely into the
space between the keel trunk and the stbd settee. Extreme heeling
doesn't budge the cooler, and drinks are easy to obtain.

Our Catalina has a combination pop-top/sliding hatch which really airs
out the cabin on hot days, and provides standing headroom for folks
less than, say, 6' in height.

Our boat is quite easy to rig. We keep it by our house on the
trailer, and drive to wherever we wish to cruise. Road trips range
from 30 miles to 600 miles (round trip). At our destination, I can
singlehandedly raise the mast and rig the boat for sailing, and in the
Chesapeake, local lakes, and NC coastal areas, have not had any
problems launching or retrieving due to ramps. (We do have a winch on
our mast which, when used in conjunction with the jib halyard, allows
us to winch our mast up). We have a Magic Tilt single-axle trailer with 2x3 axle,
brakes (recently added), and telescopic tongue. The entire rig weighs in at just
over 3800#. We have a "Mast Up" which fits into the rudder
gudgeons which makes raising the mast singlehandedly relatively easy.
When my wife helps me, we can easily raise the mast without using the
Mast Up.

Under sail, the boat handles quite well, but likes to be sailed
with the mast as vertical as possible -- less than about 15d of heel.
As with any boat, a proper suit of sails will help keep the boat
balanced. We have added a 70% jib and second reef to our sails, and
can now sail quite comfortably in up to 30kts of wind (we can still
sail in a bit more wind, but not as comfortably).

On one trip across the Pamilco Sound in 20-25 kt winds, (about 3-4'
steep waves) we experienced no difficulty with the boat, and did not
feel unsafe albeit we were a bit overcanvassed with reefed main alone,
not having a storm jib or second reef at the time. (Unfortunately, of
our crew -- consisting of 2 small children, a dog, and three adults --
two adults were seasick, and :-( the dog was wet.) The boat remained
easy to control by the remaining adult crew (me) and gave no cause for
worries.

To avoid weather helm, we recommend adding a second reef and 50-70%
jib to the C22. We've sailed comfortably in 27-35 kt winds since
adding our second reef and storm jib. In those wind conditions with
that sail combination, the boat is quite balanced and in control, and
no luffing of the main is required.

As mentioned previously, my wife and I sail with two small children.
When we add boards (which double as cockpit tables) across the cabin,
we sleep comfortably together on the main settees. The children sleep in
the V-berth, although I (6'4")
can easily sleep up there with another adult. We frequently make 3-day
trips, and sometimes longer ones. Due to the tight confines, we do
like to stay at marinas overnight to allow easy shore access.
We definitely recommend the Catalina 22. We like the way it looks,
the way it sails, and we like the construction details.

Updated 5/20/97












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Review Date: Thu May 1, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Sea Plus Plus is my first boat; and she is very strong and forgiving. Her wing keel allows me to range the SF Bay and into the Delta and Petaluma gunkholes. She has a roller furling 110% jib which is useful on the Bay.

She has two weaknesses: the absence of a table suitable for doing chart work on my small boat charts; and the fact that she suffers the universal small sloop problem of being very uncomfortable to go forward on hen reefing the main sail in rough weather. It is worth noting that she is still comfortable in weather that causes the water ballasted boats to head for the docks.

I'm installing a single line reefing kit from Catalina Direct, and I'll get back to people with how that works.

The Mk II doesn't have the same layout as the earlier Catalina 22s - the dinette has been replaced by a "coffe table" that is too small for charting or servering more than two people at meals. She also came with a butane canister stove that I have replaced with a nonpressurized alcohol single burner stove - finding butane is much harder than finding denatured alcohol.

She has large lockers under the vee berth and oth settees. Accessing the storage requires lifting the cushions, but this is a minor inconvenience.

I am very satisfied with the boat overall - my only real complaint is the absence of a suitable place to do chart work.
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Review Date: Fri May 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A stable easily trailerd boat. We have sailed Lake Wawasee,
Lake Erie, and Lake Michigan. The C22 is stable and easily
sailed. It is crowded when cruising for a week with a family of 4 but no more so than other boats of this size.
Since purchasing the boat in 1988 we have been very satisfied wit it.
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Review Date: Fri May 23, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A stable easily trailerd boat. We have sailed Lake Wawasee,
Lake Erie, and Lake Michigan. The C22 is stable and easily
sailed. It is crowded when cruising for a week with a family of 4 but no more so than other boats of this size.
Since purchasing the boat in 1988 we have been very satisfied with it.
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Review Date: Thu July 3, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This was a great first boat. With the pop-top and enclosure, one could stand erect if not over 5'9". It was fun to sail in the bays of Maine. The swing keel allows one to beach the boat. Having roller furling, it didn't point well, but it was a boat which could be sailed by one person in light to moderate wind.
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Review Date: Fri September 26, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is an update on my previous review which I have been unable to enter and edit.

First, we put the single line furling on the main, and we like it.

Second, we have discovered a real, and completely unexpected, drawback to portable toilets in the Bay Area, mainly that few marinas will allow you to empty them in the restrooms. This means that you either have to try and pump it out (a very ugly experience that only works if you're erotically into excreta), or you do as we have often done, and give the toilet a round trip to the house every time you go sailing. Sad to say, but a factor in our moving to our new marina was the fact that they permit the emptying of portable toilets in the restroom areas as long as one is careful not to make a mess.

We've also found that our 8 horse Honda is too big a motor for this boat, both in power and in weight. We've decided to trade it in on something that doesn't weigh the stern down so much and doesn't move the boat along at five knots in idle.

We really like the wing keel, but have come to the conclusion that to truly enjoy SF Bay in the summer's high winds, we need a larger boat. SF Bay winds are lowest in the late fall and winter, and in the summer few days blow less than 25-30.

We'd like to hear from other Catalina 22 owners in high wind and wave and chop areas and see what you've done to make the experience less athletic.

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Review Date: Thu October 30, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have owned this boat for 1.5 years and when purchased it was in very poor condition due to neglect by the prior owner. It has been very easy to get help from a local fleet. There are very helpful people at the manufacturer. There is a wealth of parts available to repair and upgrade the boat. There are over 16,000. That have been built. I have had no problems getting answers to questions from the engineers at Catalina. If you give them the hull # they will fax you drawings and suggestions regarding modifications. I have cruised and raced, the boat is a blast, very fast for it's size.
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Review Date: Sun November 2, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I love the boat. I singlehand a lot, and it's great to sail by myself. I sail a good bit with my 12-year-old son, and occasionally with my wife; it's very comfortable for two of us overnight. More than four for a daysail, or two overnight, is a crowd if you have much gear. The wing keel doesn't point as high as the swing or fin, but it is much lower-maintenance than the swing keel and shallower-draft than the fin. The wing keel is also heavier than the other choices, which gives greater stability when the wind picks up, although we sail on an inland lake (Lake Lanier, north of Atlanta) where light air is more common. My boat stays in a wet slip, and I don't own (or want) a trailer; the swing keel is probably somewhat easier to get onto a trailer, although I know at least one serious racer who regularly trailers his wing keel C22.

There are three basic designs of the C22. The "old style" boat was made until 1985, and has the forward hatch on the flat portion of the foredeck. Production of the "new style" started with the 1986 model year; the easiest way to distinguish it from the old style is that the foredeck hatch is mounted on the front slope of the cabin roof. A "Mark II" model was introduced in 1995 or 1996 (I can't remember), which did away with the dinette in the cabin and added wider gunwales around the cockpit. The Mark II also eliminated all the teak trim, to reduce maintenance. Serious racers tend to prefer very early boats, which are lighter and have a more flexible mast.

In checking the soundness of the hull, check for chainplate leaks, especially the upper shrouds. Leaks there are common, and water coming in will rot the bulkheads. Leaks around the forward hatch of the old style boats can also rot the foredeck core. Check for cracks in the rudder, especially at the pintles. On swing keel boats, the keel trunk, pivot, and winch are particular areas of concern.

I've enjoyed my membership in the National Association, which has just published a new edition of the Technical Manual and can direct you to a local fleet. We have a lot of fun with our fleet.








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Review Date: Sat September 26, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 22 has been a good boat for the past four years I have owned it. This spring I became tired of the old outboard and installed an 8hp Renault diesel. It fits nicely under the step because mine is the fin keeled version. The instalation took approximately two weeks in my spare time and has proven to be a worth while improvment. When launched we noticed no change to the waterline and with the current prop I can do approximately 5.5 knots. The only drawback to the whole installation is that on long trips you burn about 1/4 of the fuel compared to the old 7.5 mercury outboard. If you have any questions or comments on the boat or instalation please e-mail me at kbarkhouse@sprint.ca
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Review Date: Fri October 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Catalina 22 is a popular trailerable sailboat. It is a full masthead sloop rig with a deck stepped mast. The boat has been in production for over 25 years, and varoius design changes have been made over time.

The current production version is the Mark II, which is slightly wider than the "classic" versions. The original design was produced in the 1970's -1980's. (Stay with the 1980's models)

Key features: Overall a good design for a 22' boat. I particularly like the dinette for comfortable seating below deck. Not an overly fast boat, but not slow either.

Strengths: Does everything well, which is a rare feat for a trailer sailor. I like the swing keel as it gets the ballast down low, and makes the boat stable. Rigging is sufficient to handle higher wind conditions.

Weaknesses: I wish the boat were 2 feet longer, as the cabin would be that much more spacious. Although, I have not seen as good a layout in many larger boats.

Overall Satisfaction: This is my first boat, and it has given me no surprises. The boat does what it is supposed to, and is easy to handle. I plan on fitting mine for single-handed sailing and adding a mast raising system for quicker launching.
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This is the first boat I've owned and it has taken good care of us during our first year of sailing. Everyone tells me it is a very trailerable boat, and I look forward to doing that. It is a swing keel design and handles most Oklahoma wind quite well.


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Review Date: Sun January 31, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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What a great boat. We've owned "The Banff" since 1993 and have sailed on Lake Martin in Alabama and on the Upper Chesapeake out of Hack's Point Marina on the Bohemia. Like any sailboat under 40', two people are perfect; three is fine; four is ok; and five is three too many. The design is simple yet complete. You don't spend your whole life bringing brightwork or mechanical systems back to life like larger boat owners are forced to do (but...there is enough to let you tinker and be proud of your boat, but not so much that you don't have time to enjoy "the qua"). Trailering is a nice feature; you can go overland to sail other venues as we've done up and down the Chesapeake without spending days afloat to get there. And for all those services figured on the boat's length - slip fee, hoist fee, bottom paint, etc - 22' keeps money in your pocket. It's nice to be able to one-person your mast up and down, too, if you have to. We carry the standard main, the standard jib, a 140% genoa, and an assymetric spinnaker that I built myself. I highly recommend this type of spinnaker for low wind conditions - it's just about magic at dusk when the slightest land breeze comes up after a drifter day and off you go with a light shining up into the sail. People actually applaud. The pop-top is a real plus when at anchor. Catalina has built in a number of improvements in this model such as heavier gudgeons, larger backplates for stays, etc. I've had virtually no leaks from any through-deck mounts or through the hatches. This boat is tight. The only time I get any water in the bilge is through the keel lockdown bolt hole while on a long starboard tack. Then it's just two or three spongefuls. It just needs a little grease on the threads. I've added a bimini, a GPS, and an Autohelm 800 - none of which I'd ever do without again. It sleeps great and is a terrific place to get-away. Overall the boat's given us a lot of fun and pleasure. It's our sanity.
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Review Date: Mon February 8, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I own hull number 14411. I have sailed the boat regularly since 1995 and have experience no mechanical failures. The boat is well built. The wing keel is maintenance free compared to the swing keel. I race often and the wing keel does not perform as well as the swing keel. The Catalina 22 National Association is a great value and I regularly sail with the local C22 Fleet in Atlanta.
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Review Date: Mon February 22, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Bought this boat new in '90. Sailed it on Lake Superior ever since, subjecting it to everything the Lake has to offer (in the summer, anyhow). Quality is good, only beefs can be excessive
weather helm when over canvassed.
A good trailer boat.
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