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A Catalina 22 is a good beginner's cruising boat. It's easy to launch, rig and sail. When I was young, I lived on mine for 2 weeks at a time, while cruising the ICW and the Florida Gulf coast. If you decide to sell it, it'll be easy to sell. I sailed mine on Lake Erie, Lake Michigan, the Gulf of Mexico, and numerous inland lakes. It's designed to sail on lakes and bays, and to live aboard for short periods of time, but it isn't designed to be sailed in big winds and rough seas. Nevertheless, if you watch the weather and use good judgment, you can either sail it in the ICW or in the ocean. You must motor on much of the ICW, but there are areas where you can sail. Each year, C22s and similar small sailboats cross the Gulf Stream from Florida to the Bahamas and back, although it is a trip for sailors with experience. Navigating the ICW isn't difficult, but you need to be able to read charts.
A Catalina 22 can cope with a storm, if you're sailing on a small lake or in some other sheltered area, but it's not designed for storms in the open ocean.
Last edited by Sailormon6; 10-23-2011 at 10:39 PM.