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mainer24 03-30-2013 11:10 AM

Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
I'm looking into buying an affordable boat and found a Tanzer 22 <$2000. In a lot of reviews I read about people sailing it in lakes. Would it be a safe boat for coastal cruising in Maine ? I had a C&C24 and I felt safe with it in up to 4 feet waves or swell, and it felt stable enough to be sailed slightly "over-powered" and the rail almost in the water. Does anyone know how the Tanzer 22 would compare ? In terms of stability, difficulty to capsise, speed ? And what are the weaknesses of the Tanzer 22 that I should check before purchasing an old one ? Thanks a lot !

PaulinVictoria 03-31-2013 12:17 AM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Plenty of them around up here, fine for coastal cruising.

bljones 03-31-2013 12:43 AM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Go for it. The Tanzer will feel different from your CandC 24, but still capable.

CalebD 03-31-2013 11:44 AM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Check for leaky ports on a T22.
Soft decks, chain plates.
The usual stuff.

Jimmy E 04-01-2013 11:04 PM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Learned to sail aboard a T-22 . As best as I can recall , pretty robust, but than so was I, 30 years ago.:)


bobmcgov 04-05-2013 12:06 AM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Very stout boats -- roughly 3000# IIRC, half of that ballast. Yet surprisingly quick, & able to punch thru short chop like few boat its size. Funny-looking kid, but then Tanzer always had an unusual design sense. It's about as rugged a coastal boat as you'll find in that size. Tho if you could snag a Wilderness 21, that's even better.;) Not many of those on the East Coast.

ETA: The 'lakes' the T22 was designed for are the Great Lakes, which can throw up conditions that make Buzzard's look like a millpond. Johann Tanzer relates taking the prototype T22 out for testing, which consisted of he and his sons trying to capsize or break the boat. They stuck the mast in the water repeatedly without harm.

Couple links:

mainer24 04-07-2013 11:05 PM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Thank you for the advice and links ! These tanzer22 do look akward and the deck seems closer from the water than other boats this size (they "sit low in the water" ?): do the cockpit get waves more often? It seems that tanzers have the deck screwed to the hull, and not bolted like other boats; is it less reliable ? The one i am considering has the rubber "bumper" covering the hull-deck join that gets loose and it might not be just cosmetic ? Could that compromise the hull-deck fitting ? Although the ports don't have signs of leaks, the wood separation between the cabin and "bedroom" is delaminating ; again, is it just old age or is this wood a bulkhead that has to be in perfect condition ?

rikhall 04-10-2013 02:28 PM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
Our first boat was a T22 - we loved her. As we got older we wanted more room. Moved to a T28 (exactly like a T22 only bigger.) Now an Irwin 34.

A friend of our sailed his T22 from Saint John NB, Canada to the Caribbean and back. A T22 will most likely take way more punishment than you ever will.

If you are young enough, go for it. ( I turn 67 on Saturday)

Tattonscorner 11-02-2016 09:27 AM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?

I just bought a Tanzer22 last night, and I'd like to find out more about this friend who sailed to Caribbean. I will be doing some sailing in NB, NS, and hopefully Caribbean.


Sal Paradise 11-02-2016 09:36 AM

Re: Old Tanzer 22 for ocean sailing ?
My dock mate has a Tanzer 22 and I've looked at it both in and out of the water, and it really looks sturdy compared to my Catalina. But it's still a 22 foot boat, taking it long distances is for the extremely hardy.

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