Originally Posted by Keith9c1
.....I do like that Cal22 , it seems very similar to the O’day 222. Has that modern look to it
that I’m looking for. Question though.
I noticed the Cal22 draft on the fixed keel was 3.5 ft and the O’Day 222 swing keel down was 4.8 ft , wouldn’t the boats be similar in bad weather or would the Cal 22 with the fixed keel still have the upper hand ?
The fixed keel will have better righting moment because it is heavy, probably at least a third to a half the overall weight of the boat (actually 775 lbs against 2100 lbs overall displacement). The swing keel is light so that you can raise it, and needs more draft to better eliminate leeway. 3.5 ft of draft in BC will get you into pretty well any hideyhole one-boat nook you could ever think of.
So yes, the fixed keel still has the upper hand. Also, in a serious knockdown swing keels can flip back into the hull if not pinned in place... then you lose completely any of the minimal righting moment they may have had.
The Cal does look like a nice little boat....