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post #11 of 30 Old 10-05-2011
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i'm confident that the "right" boat will call to me when we meet in person. Till then i'll keep enjoying this boat purchasing voyage.
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Welcome to the SN world, Paulo. Doesn't sound to me like you need any advice as you've got a great plan in action. The only thing I would add is to take your time. Since it is such a buyer's market, the odds are you'll end up with a great buy and resale concerns shouldn't be as much. Keep us informed, however, because we'd like to know how this plays out. Good luck.
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Thanks to all who commented...great input. I will be checking out the CD tomorrow.
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I think Sabreman did a good job describing the differences in how the two sail.

Caring for brightwork is either a relaxing afternoon and a six pack or something you hate with a passion. You already know which camp you're in.

A couple of additional thoughts. The Catalina 22 may not be as heavy as the Cape Dory, but she is a pretty tough little boat.

If you have any thoughts of racing the Catalina 22 is an active class, and you may find a group of C22 racers in the Miami area.

If/when you ever decide you want to sell the boat it may be easier to sell the Catalina. These boats have a real following.

We sailed a Catalina 22 for two seasons before stepping up to a Catalina 30. Loved that little boat and still miss her.

All that said let me ask you this. If all else is equal and the boats are in similar condition what is your heart telling you?

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I am not recommending one boat over the other, but the Cape Dory's still have a very popular following today. I wouldn't worry about resale on the CD. They were built at a level that just isn't found anymore on most new boats. If a buyers wants a boat built with this kind of toughness they have to look at older boats of this variety. Granted the Catalina will have a wider appeal to most people, but they are also a lot easier to find if you want one.

Good luck in your search.

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Pictures of the CD 22 I saw today. She's a beautiful tough little ship.



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What a little beauty!

Well I'd say this, in contradiction of advice you frequently hear : A sailboat should be bought with your heart, not your head. Let's face it, she'll take up all your time and most likely most of your money, so you might as well go for the one you like best.

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They are sweet looking boats for sure. Not very practical in the Florida sun and heat, but you should always want to stare back at your boat as you row/walk away and feel your heart go pit-a-pat.
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The Cape Dory sails like a ship. The Catalina 22 more like a dinghy, not a bad thing per se, but caught in a blow, I'd rather be on the CD
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Well said - The CD is a fine vessel.
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Re: First Boat 2 Options

My yet unnamed CD 22 is finally home after almost 4 months of negotiating, waiting, transporting, rigging etc etc. I learned the hard way that BOAT LOCATION is not to be overlooked when purchasing a boat.
She sails like a dream and handles very well in strong winds.

Thanks to all that contributed;


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