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Old 08-26-2009
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Swing keels

I had a Catalina 22 that I've sailed for years. I've since moved up to a Pearson 36-2 and I love it. Pearson made a great boat.

Now I'm not going to slam the Catalina 22 but I did have a lot of trouble with the swing keel on mine. The keel lockdown screw was poorly designed and caused me a lot of trouble. In fact I was out on Buzzards Bay the last time the fiberglass around the locking screw broke apart and I started taking on water. It was not a good day. If I were looking for a boat that size I limit my search to something with a fixed keels. I've never seen a Pearson 22 but it looks good on paper, just don't expect it to sail like a J22.

Good luck.
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