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Chrysler C-22
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Description: Chrysler C-22
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu September 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Chrysler 22 is a well built, solid, Herreshoff designed boat with a lot of features crammed into a 22. These boats generally came well equipped. Most of these boats are swing keels, designed to be trailered, swing rudder, dinette interior (sleeps 5 very uncomfortably, 4 ok, 3 very well, and 2 perfectly). Very attractive boat to look at. These boats are built very, very well. I am very impressed with the boats construction. I am confident the boat will handle even the worst weather the great lakes has to offer. The V-berth is large and comfortable. With some practice the boat performs well (better than Catalina 22 I think). My complaints can be summed up with my opinion that Chrysler tried to do too much with the boat. This is a 22, with an inboard swing rudder (through hull with post--if the original aluminum post not replaced when purchased you'll need to eventually), that sleeps 5. Because of the big boat rudder arrangement, everyone is in the way of the tiller. Also...the slide away galley just takes up storage room in my opinion. The dinette table makes a great chart table, but damn is it a tight fit. With two on board for the weekend and all of our stuff, the boat can be a little crowded inside. Overall though, I am very satisfied with the boat. It sails very well, it is very sturdy, and it has provided my wife and I with a great deal of enjoyment. I feel it's the best 22 on the water.
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Review Date: Sat January 16, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased for $2500 in late 97. Very sound boat that is very heavy for a 22 Foot Sailboat. Inside has a V-berth long starboard settee, port dining table (Convertible), and a sliding galley area. I have removed the galley to create some room and reduce weight. Drives well with the 7.5 HP Honda I have. Sails well single-handed but is easier with two on board, except the tiller sweeps most of the available cockpit due to its inboard rudder post which requires the helmsman to sit well forward. The boat is trailerable, but I keep mine in the water. I do most of my sailing on the Neuse river in NC and have been out in BAD weather (60+ MPH Winds) and the boat held together just fine. I recommend two people for the mast raising and launching as this is a very heavy boat. I am very satisfied with the boat for two people, but with my three young daughters on board, it gets overcrowded fast.
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Review Date: Thu February 25, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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"Revolution" is my first boat. She has taught and treated me well so far. I have heard some people call this ship "ugly". Well, I think that she is quite sleek and beautiful myself. Not having seen the retractable keel version of this boat yet, I can only say that the full fixed keel version which I have is great in the water, but very demanding when transporting. Make sure your trailer is maintained well and able to take the crushing 3000 lb. dry weight. I have probably spent more on the trailer than on the boat so far. With only minor maintenance & repairs since acquisition last year, she has handled the waters well. In 30-40 knot winds I have barely been able to put her railings in the water. As with most other C-22 owners, I find the tiller is positioned in an awkward (and almost dangerous) position. I have the marks on my legs to prove it. Other negatives include low cabin height at around 5.5 ft and a rather useless and badly located sliding galley. Overall though, I think that if you are able to buy a C-22, you are lucky to have an enduring & rewarding boat that can take alot of punishment and sails with the strength of a ship twice her size.
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rpellizzi
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Registered: May 2001
Review Date: Wed September 22, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This little 22 is literally a "Sherman Tank! At 3,000 lbs. with 825 of those in her swing keel, she is most stable in fresh winds over 15 knots. Her standing rigging seems heavier than necessary but imparts a feeling of security. Her "big-boat" design, via Hereshoff, gives her not only the handling characteristics but the looks as well. Her strengths lie with her design. Hand laid-up hull with strong fixtures, fin rudder, (if replaced), full toe rail for genoa adjustment, ability to point high and her forgiving nature gives her ultra-high ratings as a family, trailerable cruiser and still has what it takes to run a good race. I have sailed her in winds up to 20 knots, without the need to reef, using a 110 genoa and got her up to 8 knots on my GPS. She does suffer from "tenderness" and heels excessively initially to about 22 degrees, then really stiffens up and dares you to try to put her rails under. The original kick-up rudder is a Must-Replace item if not already done. The tiller does almost always interfere with everyone except the helmsman. The keel cable sings a boring tune and the keel pin assemble seeps and is noisy in opposing wind and current. Overall, this is undoubtedly one of the best 22's in existance, which is an opinion shared by most of her owners. Perhaps the Hereshoffs can find another manufacturer to produce this design for them and resurect it. I am sure it would be well received.
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Review Date: Tue December 28, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a very good trailorable sailboat. She sails well and can take a lot of punishment. The rail just can't be put under the water (I've tried). The large cabin reminds me of a larger boat. The boat is well built and wouold make a great weekend sailboat for anyone. There are several websites related to the Chryslers but the one I like best is http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/Cabana/3135/
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bgobble
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Registered: April 2004
Review Date: Mon April 5, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is my first "big" boat but my second Chrysler. I have received many complements and nearly everyone is shocked that it is only a 22'. It is much larger then that in form and function. It can be a bear to rig, so I too have opted to leave it in the water, currently in Kerr Lake, NC.
I have had the boat for about 3 years now. The first order of business was to replace the swing keel pin. Not a fun job but do-able. I had to get a local shop to manufacture the needed parts at a cost of about $300.00. Thatís been about the only needed repairs.
I truly love the wide stability of this day-cruiser. The family (wife plus 1 7yo.) and I stay often onboard during the weekends and it is a little cramped but usually not to bad.
The tiller does get in the way a bit but since it can pivot up, it can be worked around.
The galley is small but can definitely cook up a good breakfast.
When it comes time to replace this boat, I will definitely be looking for another Chrysler!
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Review Date: Sat January 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,000.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Heavy Built, Great design
Cons: Sliding Gally,Rudder

I have sailled this boat up and down the East Coast of Fla.,2 Gulf Stream crossings from West Palm to West End Bahamas. Never had any problems onece mod. were made. (1) Rebuild the rudder using stainless post and plates.Useing the origanal fiberglass blade with a stainless shive for the pin.(2) Take the stove off the sliding gally and dump the rest.Use a dish pan for the sink. The space is better used for storage.
Allways keep a couple of cranks on the center board wench. When you run a ground the centerboard will pivot instead of pound which could break or bend the centerboard pin or or least blow the seal.
Over the years I have strange looks and comments for useing a small swing keel sailboat with a 6hp outboard for a Bahamas crusier. Was it luck, seamanship or a well built boat? I would like to think it was it was seamanship and a great boat ( AGAINST THE WIND)
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Longtimesailor
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Registered: November 2011
Review Date: Tue November 22, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,976.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Very well built boat. Great interior design for a small boat. Life lines and bow and stern pulpits makes it quite safe for the little ones aboard.
Cons: Tiller gets in the way in the cockpit. Very difficult to step the mast unless you use "bridles" and a gen-pole.

I purchased my C-22 a couple of years ago but have owned several 17 to 26 footers over the years. I must say this is a very well built boat, compaired to the boats I've previously owned. It's a fun boat to sail and easy to bury the toe-rails in the water in strong winds, if you enjoy "playing" with the sails and rigging as much as I do. She points up quite well, too. My C-22 has a nice open-airy interior with a port-a-pottie; and two can overnight with room to spare. I got rid of the galley that came with the boat as I considered it useless, as an ice-chest and picnic style food have always been sufficient for overnighting. The only con I can think of is that the tiller gets in the way in the cockpit; but it can be hinged up, making it a little more tolerable. And as far as stepping the mast goes, I've made "bridles"for it; and by using them, a gen-pole and hand winch, I can easily step the mast by myself. I also have a 9.8 hp Nissan OB (center mounted of course) with electric start and cockpit controls. I would reccomend the C-22 to anyone who enjoys sailing!
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Michael Wiggin
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Registered: October 2013
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Review Date: Tue October 15, 2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $1,900.00 | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Very solid and easy to sail
Cons: Maybe the tiller - but not so bad

I had not sailed in many years but got back into sailing with this bargain purchase. Mine is a fixed keel version. Sailed for two months now on the Ottawa River and have really enjoyed it. The boat is very solid and in good repair (built in 1976) with only sail repair or replacement required. The 9hp Mercury outboard had only 50 hours on it and it moves along very smoothly when the wind isn't blowing. I was suprised how maneuverable the boat is. With the fixed keel, it turns on a dime. Just moved it about 200 kms on a double axle home made trailer. Trip went very well. So far, I think that it is a wonderful boat and I look forward to sailing the St. lawrence River and Great Lakes in 2014. It is nice to see all of the positive comments from other owners.
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