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looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

Hi guys (and girls) im looking to buy my first real boat. Ive had a dinghy or two but nothing substantial. Im looking for a pocket cruiser in the 22ft range and wanted to know some good models to look at. The primary waters will be the ohio river around louisville and the boat will most likely be in the water all season. Ill list some qualities im looking for in some order of importance.

Fits within a budget of roughly $3000
Seaworthy
Easily singlehanded
Stable
Accomodations for weekend trips (head & galley)
Easy to work on
Low maintenance
Easy to trailer


Im not afraid of a semi project boat but id like to be able to sail it from the get go. It doesnt have to be a racer but able to sail in normal to semi light winds is a plus.

Any input you all have would be greatly appreciated

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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

Find a Catalina 22 and go look at it; there are close to 15,000 of them, so they are easy to find. If you don't like it, you'll at least have a better idea what you want.

Because there are so many, you could probably find one that you can afford.

I believe the 22 meets all your criteria, the swing keel is very easily trailered; the wing keel less so.
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

What do you have for a tow vehicle...?

That will make a bit of difference on choices...
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

the tow vehicle is a nissan pathfinder. it has a 6000 lb towing capacity
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

I bought an aquarius 23 for the same purpose and priced less than that.
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

Tanzer 22, Challenger 24, Grampian 23, a Mac 26 D would all be suitable, and all in your budget.
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

The Tanzer 22 gets my vote. There are bunches of them out there, and they also have a pretty active group over on yahoo groups. Pretty well any specific maintenance task or bit of advice you could ever want for that boat can be found there by searching the archives. And if not, they're pretty friendly and quick to respond too.

I had a Tanzer 22 for 3 years, was my first "real" boat as well. Pretty basic forgiving boat, and fun to sail to boot.

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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

Plenty of Catalinas and O'days out there to fit your needs. You could also try a Compac 23. Most are over your budget but you might find a deal or project boat.
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

thanks guys. Catalinas and Odays are what im going to focus on. I appreciate the input
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Re: looking for an inexpensive pocket cruiser

sirius 22 is another option... no head though
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