A Terrific Boat
The Catalina 22 is the all-time champ "1st real boat". There are more Catalina 22's than any other production sailboat, and with good reason. My favorite version of the 22 is the fixed keel pop-top. An active owner's association and a manufacturer that supports you with advice and parts are added bonuses. Another big plus: the boat holds its value. Once the boat passes it's 15th birthday (about), it won't lose anymore value. You should be able to get what you paid for her if you ever sell. Congratulations.