Re: First boat advice - Mpls to Great Lakes
FWIW, in 15 knot wind and 3' waves - at least on my Catalina 22, the keel is held tight by the force of the water so it doesn't clunk. Its the kind of boat you can sail up to a point and then you are just fore reaching and hoping for it all to be over.
Have had some serious gusts and wind and my Cat begins to lose its ability ( for me) to sail it long before it has any hull stability problems. The fun goes away but the boat stays upright. What that means I guess is that if you are chicken **** like me - once you get the sails down and the motor running, you can make it back to the dock okay if things get bad. At my experience level its a boat I trust but with definite sailing limits.