Re: Caveats for a Craigslist sailboat?
Saw a link to the craigslist ad, and it looks to be a clean little 22.
Being that its a 1993 is probably where the owner gets his pricing from.
I'd admit I couldn't find anything on the boat either, which is striking since plastic trailerable 22s of that vintage were rare. The companies that existed in 1993 making boats had usually survived through the 80s... I suppose some started up in the 90s, and died off quickly though.
You probably already know this, but I'll say it anyway... the boat won't likely sail anything like the J22 (might be what you are after I dunno).
The amount of space on a 22 footer is a personal preference and has everything to do with how much you like camping on your boat.. if your main purpose is to day sail the boat, then focusing on a larger cabin might be wasted space. But if you wanted the "big" 22 to camp on (and it'll feel like tent camping in a way), then its probably a good pick. I doubt it'll be a quick boat, but just guessing by the shape, it should be pretty stable.
For a first (sail)boat, I personally like to see people look towards "common" boats. For no other reason but to find parts, configuration, and tuning tips from other owners. It speeds the learning process.
However, its seems like a nice boat, and price range is about right (if everything is in ship shape), for a trailerable, then it might be good. The systems on these smaller boats are "similar," and you should be able to find parts that will work for most things... by buying an equivalent models part and modifying it to work. Also rigging books for say a Cat 22 should give you an IDEA of how to rig this one (perhaps not the same rig, but similar).
Oh and of note, if the boats been sitting, the batteries are trashed for sure, the motor's impeller has to be replaced, and much of the electronics are likely to be trashed. I JUST purchased an S2 7.9 last October, that was well thought out, and well equipped but was last sailed in 2008 (so around 7 years prior)... the boat was mostly stored indoors, sails, cushions, rudder, motor, and yep keel, were all stored inside.. yet I still had to replace all the electronics (none worked), the battery, the cushions were tired out, most of the stored sails were improperly stored, so they had mice damage, some were laminate sails that were folded, that delaminated, and finally the motors impeller was completely dry rotted. I paid $7000 for my 26 foot boat (boat, motor and trailer). I've already put about $3000 into it, and I haven't even addressed the sails yet. The boat came with 15 sails (only about 7 were usable of the lot, 4 of them being spinnakers).
So I'd not say it's a stellar deal (because its been sitting), so keep in mind it'll likely need a decent amount of work yet.
1983 WD Schock Wavelength 24. Production boat limit tester, blue-water bucket owner, with wine taste on a beer budget.
Last edited by SHNOOL; 10-16-2015 at 01:47 PM.