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Swing keels

I had a Catalina 22 that I've sailed for years. I've since moved up to a Pearson 36-2 and I love it. Pearson made a great boat.

Now I'm not going to slam the Catalina 22 but I did have a lot of trouble with the swing keel on mine. The keel lockdown screw was poorly designed and caused me a lot of trouble. In fact I was out on Buzzards Bay the last time the fiberglass around the locking screw broke apart and I started taking on water. It was not a good day. If I were looking for a boat that size I limit my search to something with a fixed keels. I've never seen a Pearson 22 but it looks good on paper, just don't expect it to sail like a J22.

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The catalina capri 22 and O'day 22 are both fixed keels and come with trailers...anyone know how long it takes to step and destep the mast if i opt to not rent a mooring or slip...
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After a long day on the water it takes forever.
Actually stepping and unstepping the mast was fairly simple. I used the main sheet rigged between the jib halyard and the stem to lower the mast. It might have been about 15 minutes once I became proficient, but all the other work involved with putting the boat on the trailer then dealing with the motor and the sails is tough at the end of a long day.
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Smile P22 #74

I own a 1969 P22. I bought it new. there is much to tell about this wonderful small boat. If you are still looking I will give you the details.
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P22

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I'm taking possession of a 1968 Pearson 22 tomorrow. Hull #15. It's being handed down to me from a family member. Would love to hear more about this boat.
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Congratulations, you will never regret your choice. There is a lot to tell so it is hard to know where to start. IT would be easier to talk directly but for now you will find that the boat handles far better that most and is stiffer than most. That is because it is a bit low on sail area and is not at its best in very light air. In a breeze it comes to life goes like magic and you will feel safe and secure when others are struggling. The mast is quite bendy. I didn't like that so I replaced it with a larger mast and raised the head stay to the mast head. That didn't hurt anything but improved the light air performance. Racing makes you do funny things. There is much more. As for cruising, My wife and I have overnighted quite nicely with another couple but it takes very special people to make do in a small boat. I would like to know where you sail. I am in the Norfolk VA. area. Good luck!
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congrats of learning to sail! Suggestion.. buy a boat at least 5ft larger then you think you want. I'd be almost ready to bet you will want a larger boat in less then a year.
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Thanks for the replies!
The boat has been sailed in the Mamaroneck, NY area since at least 1974. Tomorrow, it will come up to Constitution Marina in Charlestown, MA. The hull is #19, not #15 as I thought earlier. I actually haven't seen the boat in 10 years or so, and I've never sailed her. This is my first sailboat, so I'll be learning as I go.
I hope to be able to do some overnights around the Boston Harbor islands.
I'm sure I have my work cut out for me in the months ahead, but I'm looking forward to the challenge. I'll check in again once I get her in the water tomorrow. Should be fun!
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Good luck. This boat will spoil you. It is a dream to sail. Unfortunately you have nothing to compare it to. I look forward to hearing from you. Roy
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So the boat has arrived in Boston. It needs a good amount of TLC to bring it back to life. I have neither the skills nor the space to do this work myself, so I'm looking to local boat yards to see if they can help me. At the very least, I'd like to have the hull painted. The interior needs a thorough cleaning/painting as well. The topside needs some attention too, as some harware is broken/missing. Nevermind the condition of the woodwork. In short, the boat is showing it age. I'd like to do a full restoration, but I have no sense of what that would cost, and if it's a worthwhile expenditure for this boat.
I've tried to upload an image here, but I can't figure out how to do that.
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