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post #37 of Old 10-16-2009
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The Catalina 22 is a good trailor - sailer but not for offshore. The cockpit is too large, the companionway is much too large and the opening goes too low in the cockpit for safety. One good wave, which doesn't have to be too big when the boat is 22' long, would inundate the cabin too easily. The drop boards are also tapered which isn't good - they only have to go up an inch or so to come out.
Here's 2 pictures - Catalina 22 cockpit and the safer one on the Vega 27. Not only is the Vega opening smaller, the sides are nearly vertical so the drop boards have to be lifted up a ways to come out - less convenient but a better design for offshore.
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