* * * YouTube - Catalina 22 Walk Through
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Hello everyone, I've been lurking for about a month now and I am looking for some knowledgeable advice on a boat purchase. This will be my first sailboat.
I've decided on a Catalina 22, and they are the easiest to find in the area I am in. I have been surfing craigslist for about a month now and have run across many ads, and have looked at 3 boats in detail in person. I used a Catalina 22 inspection list, took many pictures, and also lots of video to look over at home away from the seller. The first boat was a total pile of garbage, and the seller wanted $2500 for it. Broken motor, obvious soft spots in the hull, and the bottom and keel were covered in mud. The 2nd boat was a 1980 for $1300, the seller has owned 2 catalinas and has a blown knee, so can no longer sail. The boat has no motor, and the wiring is blown due to standing water in the boat from the previous owner.
The boat I am seriously considering is one I looked at yesterday. It's a 1975 for $2000, and has been owned and sailed since 1990. The seller has had it on a trailer since last September (tags and stickers match that reference) and all accessories were kept at home. The hull is sound, the keel could use new paint, and the hull itself is worn down to the gelcoat. The seller always kept it on a trailer and never bothered for a protective bottom coat. The hull is sound. The deck has no soft spots, and all standing rigging is complete and in good condition. The mast was up when I inspected the boat, and all the cables are well and covered in proper anti-chaffing material. The drains run freely, and the pop top goes up without a fuss. The door has a crack in it, but is otherwise in good condition. The keel cable had been replaced 10 years prior. There is no water in the boat, but a piece of wood underneath the slide out stove was rotted near the bottom slightly.
All the wood inside is in better condition than the other boats. The wiring is completely redone by the seller with heavy duty wire (he is a computer tech and everything looked very thorough). At his house in his attach he showed me the mainsail, jib, 150% genoa, and 135% roller furling genoa. They were all in good condition, just old. Some were the originals he said, and the 150% and roller furler have never been used by him he said (they are still stiff). The cushions have no tears, and all the safety gear has not expired. The boat does not come with a motor, but I'm sure I can find one later. All the running rigging is brand new from last year, and has not been used. He said for the past 2 years it's only been motored around to give their children rides.
He also is fine with giving a boat a good cleaning since it has sat all year, and taking it out for a test sail. The trailer tires are car tires, and he said they will need to be replaced (also part of the deal, I am not paying for that) since he only used the trailer to launch the boat at his marina where it's been since 1990. If the test sail goes well (i.e. everything works and it sails without sinking) I think that $2000 is more than fair.
PROBLEMS: The main issue the bottom needing paint and the gelcoat is very chalky. There are only a few spider cracks on the top deck, but wiping your finger on the side of the boat leaves a thin powder reside on your fingertip. I am fine with sanding and repainting the boat later on, or just waxing it so it's seaworthy. Also I don't know how well the older sails will work, I am not racing, just looking for something to catch the wind.
I don't have pictures to post, but I do have photos and video I can look at. What does the wise sailnet community think? Have I found a good boat or are there secrets lurking that will cost me major dollars down the road?
The gelcoat is chalky, but still intact
The hull up close on the bottom