Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Riverside, CA
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I'm 24 and bought my first sailboat a few months ago: a 1974 Catalina 22 swing keel/pop-top for $800. It needs a bunch of work, and I live in a condo complex where I have it parked in the parking lot!
My wife thought I was crazy at first, but now after sailing it with me, she's excited and helping me restore it. We're probably another $1000 into it now with an electric outboard, new headsail, some fiberglass repairs, and work on the trailer. Probably another $1000 in materials will be necessary to make it a nice trailer cruiser for long trips, but we're already using it for daysailing on local lakes and had it in the ocean once.
The trailer needs a lot more work than the boat itself. I am finding it almost impossible to find the correct parts to rebuild the wheel bearings, and I the tongue is so rusted I can't extend it.