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akoroves 10-23-2010 09:48 PM

Alberg 22
Hi Everyone,

I have been looking into buying a small sailboat, and one of the potential purchases I am considering is an Alberg 22. I had a few questions regarding this boat and would really appreciate some help from you guys and girls.

The Alberg 22 is a full keel boat. Being that the boat is probably too small for offshore cruising, I was wondering what advantage a full keel would be to a boat that is pretty much limited to sheltered waters. Can a boat that small handle really rough conditions? Is it much more likely to recover from a capsize? Has anyone owned an Alberg 22 and taken her out in open ocean? Can she handle that?

I really like this boat, but I noticed that all of the Alberg 22s for sale here are equipped with an outboard. Has anyone ever seen an Alberg 22 equipped with an inboard? Or is an inboard not practical for such a small boat? I really appreciate any help. I really like the look of this boat, and the price is right. I just don't want to go out and buy one and find out I made the wrong choice...

Much Thanks,


mitiempo 10-23-2010 10:23 PM

The Alberg 22 has numbers that a larger offshore boat would be proud to have. Good capsize ratio (1.9 vs 2.42 for the fin keel Catalina 22 for example) and is heavy enough to be more comfortable as well. Not quite as nimble as other lighter boats but steady and comfortable. Pretty as well. The main difference between the Alberg 22 and say an Alberg 30 is size and amenities.
In the era of wooden boats most non racers had a long keel and this carried over to the earlier days of fiberglass.

mitiempo 10-23-2010 10:28 PM

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akoroves 10-24-2010 01:53 AM

Thanks Brian...I really like the boat :)

WanderingStar 10-24-2010 08:20 AM

I've owned one fin keel boat and two full keel boats. The fin keel responds more quickly to the helm, the full keel is steadier on course. If you plan long sailing days or cruises a full keel is a great asset. Alberg was a very good designer.

akoroves 10-24-2010 11:16 AM

Thanks WanderingStar..good advice.

killarney_sailor 10-24-2010 08:27 PM

An Alberg 22 won the first mini-transat race many years ago. They had to chop some of the stern off to make the size limit for the race. They are very solid little boats, not very fast, but pretty and well-built.

akoroves 10-28-2010 06:14 PM

A neat fact Killarney!

mitiempo 10-28-2010 07:21 PM

The first Mini Transat race was in 1977. Since the beginning not one boat in the top 3 positions has been designed by Carl Alberg, or for that matter any American designer. See this link.

The Alberg 22 is a great boat, but not a racer.

vmerlot 10-30-2010 12:54 AM

Nice choice! I also prefer Alberg 22!

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