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Re: Possibly buying Catalina 22...have some questions
Seems a bit pricey. It sounds as if the current owner has put some money into it lately and is trying to recoup some. Iron swing keels can get pretty nasty if the boat is left in seawater without being properly maintained. If that's the case here, then the boat has just been brought back to the condition it should have been with proper maintenance, maybe a tad better. The same goes for the running and standing rigging replacements.
The rest of the equipment list sounds pretty standard for a Cat22, with a couple of exceptions. Lazy-jacks are usually more trouble than they're worth on a boat this size. I would rate the system he appears to have just installed as an expensive mistake, rather than a selling point. As for the trailer, IF it is galvanized and fairly new (or in almost new shape), then I would rate that as a definite plus. A new galvanized trailer isn't cheap (all sailboat trailers are "custom" to some extent). Look at the springs closely, as they are usually the first thing to rust. If you find a significant amount of rust (or painted-over rust) anywhere, then plus just turned into a wash, maybe even a minus. However, if you plan to use a hoist to launch, rather than a boat ramp, then even a crappy old "yard trailer" will last many years.
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