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Catalina 22
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Description: Catalina 22
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Review Date: Sat April 24, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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owned 8 yrs.-great all around perfomance in vairied conditions-excellent weekender-swing keel gives access to channels other boat avoid-plenty of performance.
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johntl
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Registered: March 2000
Review Date: Sat July 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is my first boat, recently purchased, and I'm very pleased! The boat has been well-kept, including a recently redone bottom, and the bilge is nice and dry. Some features include swing keel, roller furling headsail (added by a prior owner), adjustable backstay, bimini. The biggest strengths for this boat from my point of view are ease of rigging and solo handling. With the roller furling controls and main halyard both accessible from the cockpit, I can round up, set sails and be underway very quickly and painlessly. Also, sailing single-handed is fairly easy, which is important right now as my girlfriend hasn't learned enough yet to be a good crew! The boat points well and is very stable. Being able to crank up the swing keel on a downwind run probably gives me a little speed advantage. The only weakness I can think of is kind of picky: the boat's fold-down dinette table is very unstable and easy to get bumped out of its wall slots; I hope to remedy this with some sort of lock-down screws to hold it in place. Overall, I am extremely happy to have the boat I've wanted for so many years!
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Review Date: Sat August 21, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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A masthead rigged sloop, tiller helm, keelboat. This is a great starter keelboat and good family daysailer. Easily equipped for overnight sails or stripped down to race. The swing up keel makes trailering and shallow water a breeze.A very forgiving hull design makes sailing in strong winds safe for the new sailor. Even though I am eventually going to move up to a larger boat I wouldnt trade the experience I have gained by sailing and racing this boat.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
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Review Date: Thu September 16, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very comfortable and stable. Easy to sail. Table design is kinda sloppy. No other problems. My kids and I enjoy sailing her on Lake Michigan and feel very safe on her.
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Review Date: Wed January 19, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My '72 Catalina 22 has been my first boat and a terrific introduction into sailing. She is a fast little cruiser with a low freeboard and reasonably low profile deck. With a narrow beam she points well but can become a little unstable in winds above 20 mph--I have shipped a lot of water in these conditions; however, no matter how hard over I take her, she always rounds up nicely.
As a weekend camper, this boat is great. With a retractable keel and lift out rudder, I can motor anywhere there's two-and-a-half feet of water. The pop-top also makes for additional camping comfort. Add to this the canvas camper/dodger that encloses the pop-top configuration and you have a snug camping environment. Very affordable at $2,500-4,000.., go gitcha one.
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josie
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Mon April 10, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have sailed on a lot of boats, but for me, this is the perfect boat. I couldn't ask for a better 22 foot boat.
I have it all fixed up, keep it spotless, the teak varnished and everyone at the marina where it is slipped thinks it is a very pretty boat. If I lived on the ocean, perhaps it wouldn't work however on Colorado's small lakes, it is the right size. I have owned it 14 years.
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Review Date: Mon July 31, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Boat in good condition. Genoa and Main - 5 hp, four stroke aux. Located in Florida, Sail intercoastal and St Johns and some off shore. Swing keel
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Review Date: Sun September 10, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I had a lot of fun on this boat. I used an electric trolling motor instead of an outboard. I installed a solar panel aft of the rudder to keep the battery charged (people thought it was a diving board). Was really nice to not have to mess with gasoline, and it was so easy to start! It pushed the boat remarkably well and was so quiet. I loved the boat, it sailed beautifully. The fitting that attached the keel to the winch cable rusted through while parked in a shallow wet slip, so the keel sunk into the mud. This made the boat impossible to move, so I had to replace the fitting underwater. I recommend you check this and the cable when the boat is out of the water.
I found that by balancing the sails and putting bungie cords on the rudder the boat would stay on a tack by itself, which made for very nice hands off sailing.
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Review Date: Sat November 25, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased Aug2000 - Previous 3 owners had kept in water - 9 blisters to be repaired - Straightforward repair. Anchor locker forward is great. Lot's of storage room in the boat - Great for family of 4 since kids are 5 and 10. Pop top enclosure is great during winter anchoring. Great sailing boat - Trys hard to keep you out of trouble. Would purchase again.
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Review Date: Sat February 17, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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22 foot catalina with new sails and roller-furler (2000 season). Paint / Gel-coat in excellent condition. 10 HP Chrysler. Swim platform. Depth guage. Windex.
Location: Lake Red Rock, Pella Iowa.
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neil56
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Registered: August 2001
Review Date: Sun August 5, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We've resisted "graduating" to a marina boat for 10 years. This is our 5th trailersailer. Bought last year ('00). Downsized from a Chrysler 26. Due to the boat's relatively flat bottom and small bilge radii, she's less tender than either our Chrysler 22 or 26. Although she pounds a bit in a chop, it's not nearly as bad as our MacGregor 25 due, I guess, to her better weight to size ratio (weighs about the same as the Mac, but 4' shorter). A good sailing boat for semi-protected waters (upper Narragansett Bay, RI). We haven't felt the need to add to the original suit of sails - main and working jib. Although it might be fun to fly a drifter or assymetrical in light air. Sails a beam reach at 5.5 knots, surfs to 6.5 (as seen on GPS). Powers at 4.5 knots with a Merc. 7.5hp. Attempts to push it faster juster strain the motor.
Well appointed, equipped and finished, like her larger sisters. For overnighting, headroom is a problem - and we're below average height (my wife has christened her "C-Elf"). Maybe the pop-top canvas would help but we haven't used it yet. Though the mid-cabin galley looks like a good idea, the sink is difficult to use, since your back is to it as you sit at the table, and it's too tight to turn 180 to face it.
Mast is easy to raise and rig with no pole or tackle needed. I bought a good roller trailer and it makes launching as easy as any power boat.
Overall, an excellent trailer sailer and a tried and true model.
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Review Date: Thu September 20, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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FOR SALE: 1982 Catalina 22 sailboat; trailer, radio, 6 sails, outboard motor, slide-in galley, canvas covers, bimini, and many more extras!!! Excellent condition...she just needs to be sailed!!!

Contact: Kim Mrazek
klmrazek@swbell.net
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paulabrook
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Registered: March 2001
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Review Date: Sun November 24, 2002 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,300.00 | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Stable, forgiving, good for camping out
Cons: the fin keel version is harder to launch

This is the fixed fin keel version and draws 3+1/2 feet.

I have owned the boat one full season. I launched it off the trailer in May and reloaded a few weeks ago. With a good ramp - that is, about 5 feet of water within 30 feet of shore plus pavement that far out - launching this boat is really pretty easy. Even a side wind isn't as much problem as with drop or swing keels because there is less lee way.

The C22 Fin draws 3 and half feet so it isn't possible to beach it. On the other hand with 800 lbs of ballast she is quite stiff in a breeze and points very well. Accomodations below are on the short side but the cabin is OK for two on a weekend.

Did I mention that it sails great.

With a few simple additions it is possible to step the mast single handed - otherwise two can do it with no mechanical help.

This is my first keel boat and I would recommend it for anyone.

Update March of 2006 - I still own the boat and sail most weekends in the spring, summer, and fall - I live in the midwest so in winter we get kicked off the lake. Just as well. I have added a way to single hand the mast raising job, new genny, newer motor, replaced almost all standing and running rigging, new battery and a little solar panel. All to the good.

When buying a C22 or any trailerable boat this size or larger be sure you check to see trailer brakes are present (and work) and lower your offer accordingly.
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dogma420
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Registered: October 2003
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Review Date: Thu October 30, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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so far i have loved it just would like to learn how to get back against the wind
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Review Date: Thu November 30, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: The Catalina 22 is a very sound pocket cruiser. I sailed out of Dana point California numerous times to Catalina Island as well out of Santa Cruz California. The few times I encountered really bad weather, she handled it perfectly Even during knockdow
Cons: I truly can not think of any. I have sailed her in both he ocean and numerous lakes with no problems. The only break down was when the boom bent on a run when the preventer was to tight.

The Catalina 22 is a great pocket cruiser, and mine.. The Mariah.. proved herself many times over. I have her set up for cruising, with dual batteries, and more "comforts" rather than for racing and I have spent up to a week living aboard with my ex wife. We would frequently take another couple out with us for weekend excursions to Catalina Island, and her ability to track was shown many times when on compass heading only, we would cross the 26 miles and end up within 1/2 mile of Avalon on a reach (no tacking to the island) I have the pop top and with the enclosure, gives a great deal of room in the evening to enjoy anchoring out. I currently live in Colorado Springs area, and am looking for some good sailing lakes.
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