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Hi, I am really stepping out here as I have only been on a sail boat a couple of times and just fell in love. Been that way ever since Probably 20 years now and just now getting my first boat. I have always loved the water and I have access to inland lakes. I also have access to Cape Coral waters. I am about to go pick up my first boat, a Catalina 22' swing keel. This may not be the best for me to learn on but it is the boat that I have. (Long story). I am going to be in need of a trailer (used). They are quit difficult to come by I have found out. Several have told me I can modify a power boat trailer but I'm not so sure. I have always said jokingly that if you can learn to sail by reading books I should be able to do it!!! I realize that is not the case but it is a start.
Hello to everyone and any advice, good, bad or other will be appreciated.
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Congratulations on your first boat. You might want to look at bunk style trailers since you have a swing keel. You also might look at the Catalina Owners web site for one, or info on adapting one. But heck, you want it in the water, not on a trailer!
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The Catalina 22 is a classic trailerable boat that has been built in the tens of thousands, and hundreds of thousands of sailors have learned to sail on them, myself included.

A wooden cradle can be built easily for a C22, and it can then be transported on a flatbed trailer. It isn't a particularly convenient way of trailering it, if you want to do it frequently, but if you just need to move it once, when you buy it, it'll work.

The best way to learn to sail is by taking a sailing course from a commercial sailing school. The second best way is to find a friend who is a good sailor, who will take you out and teach you. Some sailboat dealers offer low cost, quick courses in sailing. Also, some sailing clubs offer sailing courses for beginners, especially at the start of the sailing season. Usually, you can just hang around the docks on weekends, and someone will be glad to take you out and teach you how to sail. Don't be shy about asking. Most sailors enjoy helping new sailors.
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If you can modify the struts and pads to fit, no reason a powerboat trailer couldn't work. The important things are fit around the hull, which you may be able to do by adding cradle-type buildups to what's there, converting what's a trailer for flatter-bottom powerboats to a rounder-bottom sailboat. Then, load weight, make sure it's got the capacity, but on the other hand not so much that it's just too big. Finally, balance, you want some weight on the trailer tongue, but not too much.

All good suggestions above about how to learn to sail. Another one...volunteer to crew in races, if there are some around you. It's a concentrated course in boat handling, quickest way to learn, and free--racers are always looking for crew. They'll even feed you and give you beer.
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Nice to have help!!!

Wow, so much help. I was really hesitant to register thinking that this site was for much more experience and larger boat owners. Thank you all so much and I will be asking more questions I'm sure. Thanks sailnet members!
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Modifying a powerboat trailer is a PITA; especially if you don't have access to the proper equipment. Here is a link to a guy that kind of specializes in Catalina 22 trailers. I have never purchased anything from him, but I have spoken to him and he seems pretty straight up. His prices seem pretty reasonable. You don't need much of a trailer for your boat.

http://home.att.net/~sail-trailers/index.html
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I'd agree that using a powerboat trailer is probably going to be a royal PITA. It will also probably be more expensive in the long run, as modifying the trailer and problems with it can easily end up being more costly than getting a proper trailer to begin with. Often, you do get what you pay for.
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