Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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The Catalina 22 is a lot of fun to sail and it's faster than its numbers would suggest. People do sail them from Florida to the Bahamas, but they wait for a really good wx window to do so. I think that if you are going to be sailing in ocean rollers and heavy chop, the C22 would get old very fast.
On the plus side, these boats are easy to maintain and to modify. And, like any other boat, if well cared for, they age pretty well. Mine is an '83 with no leaks, solid hull and no sponginess in the deck. Still, I'd be looking for something more substantial than a Catalina 22.
Sailing isn't a matter of life and death. It's much more important than that!