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1st boat! I just bought a Catalina 22

I just bought my first boat!

It's a 1974 Catalina 22 swing keel, number 3746.

It has four hank-on jibs, from a storm up to a 170 drifter, a main, and a spinnaker. It comes with a 6 hp outboard and a 74 lb thrust trolling motor, a couple batteries and a small (15 watt?) solar panel.

It comes off the lake and onto my driveway on Thursday.

It's not a "project boat" in that it sails and motors and stays dry as it is. That being said, there are a lot of projects that I'm looking forward to doing on it.

I'm curious about the spinnaker. The previous owner never used it and there's no pole or anything. Maybe it's an asymmetrical? So many things to learn!

This is going to be the longest winter ever, waiting the 6 1/2 months till the lakes open again.
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Woohoo! Welcome to the family! If you haven't yet, take a look at fellow SailNetter's C22 blog. VERY well written.

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GOOD ON YOU!!!

Congrats. Have fun. Be safe. Learn and help others. Pics?

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Woohoo! Welcome to the family! If you haven't yet, take a look at fellow SailNetter's C22 blog. VERY well written.

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Yes, I've been reading through that! He's an excellent writer.

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Re: 1st boat! I just bought a Catalina 22

Minnesail,
Congratulations!

We used to have a Catalina 22 and they're great boats. Because there are so many there's also a lot of owners and active groups out there.

Check out these links for all things Catalina 22:

And a couple of owner web sites:
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Thanks, I will bookmark those links!

Everything just fell into place. I was thinking that next spring or summer I would buy a small boat. My wife says no house money can go for a boat until our basement is finished and our garage is replaced, but I figured I could scrimp and save enough out of my personal funds to pay for a cheap boat (no new iPhone for me, fewer nice restaurants, that sort of thing).

I like the look of the Catalina 22, and I know a guy in the sailing club that has one. I saw him at a meeting and asked if he'd mind if I looked around his boat, just to give me something to think about over winter. He replied that he only sailed it once this summer and that he is done with it and is looking to sell.

Awesome! Except that I was planning on saving my pennies over winter so I'd have the funds to buy one in the spring…

Then three days later an envelope arrived in the mail. A bonus. A bonus! What with the recession I hadn't received a bonus since 2008. Bless the recovery, that's boat money!
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That is great. I have one I love and sail all the time.

Why can't you leave it at the lake for a few weeks and sail it? You will know a lot more about the boat and what you want to do...

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I just bought my first boat!

It's a 1974 Catalina 22 swing keel, number 3746.

It has four hank-on jibs, from a storm up to a 170 drifter, a main, and a spinnaker. It comes with a 6 hp outboard and a 74 lb thrust trolling motor, a couple batteries and a small (15 watt?) solar panel.

It comes off the lake and onto my driveway on Thursday.

It's not a "project boat" in that it sails and motors and stays dry as it is. That being said, there are a lot of projects that I'm looking forward to doing on it.

I'm curious about the spinnaker. The previous owner never used it and there's no pole or anything. Maybe it's an asymmetrical? So many things to learn!

This is going to be the longest winter ever, waiting the 6 1/2 months till the lakes open again.
Congrats Len !

I hope this doesn't mean you're going to be a former sailing club member !

Are you going to trailer it or keep it in the water next year?

If you need a little help launching it in the spring, let me know. Seriously.

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Why can't you leave it at the lake for a few weeks and sail it? You will know a lot more about the boat and what you want to do...
I would love to, but it's on a city lake and the city needs everybody off by the 14th. They start pulling the mooring buoys then.

Where do you sail yours? Do you have a cutoff for windspeed or wave height?
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Congrats Len !
I hope this doesn't mean you're going to be a former sailing club member !
Are you going to trailer it or keep it in the water next year?
Thanks! I'll still be in the club, those MCs are a lot of fun, and of course the people are the best.

I don't have a tow vehicle. I'm going to have to beg, borrow, or rent a truck whenever I move it, so the plan is for it to live on one of the city lakes with occasional side trips to bigger water.


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If you need a little help launching it in the spring, let me know. Seriously.
I just might take you up on that.
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