Last weekend we finally got our Cal 22 in the water for the first time this year. Admittedly it was our first time launching and recovering from the trailer but we spent more time getting in and out of the water than we spent sailing.
Majec draws 3.5 feet and needs almost 6 feet to get on/off the trailer. Even with a 20 foot tow strap between the truck and the trailer I had to recruit 5 hefty power boaters to stand on the stern to get her back on the trailer. (At this point my hats off to all power boaters!)
We enjoyed the feel of the keel boat while sailing. The Cal 22''s performance in light to medium airs was great. The GPS
hit 5.6 at times when the wind piped up. We had cramps from the similes on our faces during the sail.
We also learned a little humility on the boat ramp so choose well when looking at lake sailing. Check the steepness of the ramps, how easy/hard it is for two people to raise and lower the mast.
The lake we went to is at 8,000 feet, it took an hour for the frost to melt before we could risk being deck and pulling up the anchor
Two of us fifty somethings did stay warm and comfortable and had a wonderful time on a 22 foot boat.
We are resting up at work to try it again.
A Colorado lake sailing perspective,