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Cincy020 03-19-2013 04:13 PM

Catalina 22 or 25?
I am curious to see what the input is for a Catalina 22 or 25 as a first cruiser. I have a 15 ft daysailer now and am looking to upgrade so I can take more people on the boat. Most of the threads on this topic I have found address the towing/rigging issues, which really are not a concern for me. I plan on leaving either in the water for the sailing season and would be capable of getting either to the lake.

With that said, from a standpoint of which is more enjoyable to sail, better boat, etc., which would you recommend? I would have the option of a swing or fixed keel for either one as well.

Thanks for the input!

CatMan22 03-19-2013 04:23 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
Having just sold a Catalina 22 in the last month I can tell you it is a nice boat, although tight in both the cockpit and cabin. Most of my sailing on her was done with myself and my wife, although a couple of times we did have another couple with us, if all four were in the cockpit it did feel crowded, when at anchor with pop top up the cabin felt a little less restrictive. Mine had a swing keel which made it nice for getting into coves and out of the way places.

Seaduction 03-19-2013 04:39 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
I liked my 25 better than my 22. Much more comfy. Both were trailerable, swing keel and able to be rigged up easily.

Alex W 03-19-2013 04:48 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
The 25 is about twice the size of the 22 (in cabin space, displacement, and often in cost). You should check out both in person and see what you think.

chuck53 03-19-2013 05:24 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
As Alex said, there's a huge difference in size between the two, but it all depends on how you are going to use it. If you plan on lots of overnighters, you want the 25. The 22 is fine for Daysailing and occasional overnights.

pcarlson 03-19-2013 05:25 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
Anyone know how heavy the 25 is?

chuck53 03-19-2013 05:28 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

Originally Posted by pcarlson (Post 1004895)
Anyone know how heavy the 25 is?

Go to for all the info you need on any sailboat.

Alex W 03-19-2013 08:13 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
You should also go to for more info on the 25. It's a very helpful forum dedicated to the 25' Catalina boats.

If you are asking about weight because you are curious about towing it you can read lots of threads on there. You need a truck to pull it on a trailer, not a car. I think the weight on trailer of a ready to go boat is normally over 6000lbs.

The 22' will be easier to rig at the dock too. The mast on a 25' is pretty heavy and it'll take practice for two people to de-rig and re-rig it.

Honestly I don't think that it would be fun to sail either of them off of a trailer every time you go sailing. I'd get a dinghy for that. If you want to use the trailer for cheap storage in the winter then I'd go with the one that better fits your needs.

chuck53 03-19-2013 08:39 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
Alex, the OP said he plans to leave the boat in the water for the sailing season. Another poster was asking about the weight.

Mor22 03-19-2013 09:13 PM

Re: Catalina 22 or 25?
Having owned a 22 for two seasons I think you might want to go and spend a couple of hours inside a 22 cabin. The headroom is the one thing that might make us change our boat! For daysailing it is not a problem but weekends and short trips take their toll on the discs in your back. Seriously, check it out.

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