Re: Catalina 22's and trailer sailing generally
I have a Cat22 that I tow with a Ford Freestar Minivan with a 4 liter V6 engine. My van handles it easily.
I have trailer launched boats for 20 years. I have my Catalina in a slip because its just such an ordeal to get it set up each time. That said, I plan on taking her on a trailer to Long island Sound and lake george. We spend a week in Newport every year and I would sail her out to Beaver Tail with a good weather window, and appropriate precautions taken. I have heard of guys taking them to Block but they have more nerve than I do. I can't see me taking my boat to Block, I would be nervous. God forbid bad weather came up. But in the harbor on a nice day - yes. One time on the ferry to BI, it was calm and flat at Point Judith, got out in the sound and hit a small storm. Zero visibility and spray coming over the bow of the ferry. This is a boat with tractor trailers in the hold. Got to Block and it was calm and serene.
I think its a pretty stable boat and I trust it in reasonable conditions. 15 knots wind and above with some whitecaps we put a reef in and leave one hatch board in, sail conservatively and she is fine. My boat is old, I have gone over the rigging but when its gets really rough and the lee shrouds are slack and the keel clunks. I worry a bit, just due to the age. But the hull always feels solid and dry and not tender. My point is you will really want to check it completely so you feel confident when she heels over.
Last edited by Sal Paradise; 09-25-2012 at 10:04 AM.