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1984 Catalina 22 vs 1964 Islander Bahama 24
I have recently gotten into sailing and sailboats and wanted to pick up a sailboat to learn on. Due to a limited financial budget, I have a short list of boats that I can choose between. The two boats I am looking into are 1984 Catalina 22 vs 1964 Islander Bahama 24. Both Boats are in similar shape. When examined in person. The Islander is in the water and the MacGregor is sitting in someones barn. I live in Houston, TX so more than likely I will have to navigate them thru the ship channel to get into the gulf.
My question for you is which is a better first boat and what sort of issues have you seen with these boats. Not sure if a Long Keel (Islander) or Swing Keel (Catalina) would be a good starting boat. Do you feel either of these boats can handle a trip into deep waters. I would love to sail to Cancun etc.
I have read all the posts here and the Islander Bahama has gotten fairly decent reviews.
Any and all input would be highly appreciated.
Last edited by Sailboat101; 04-21-2010 at 04:56 PM.
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