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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

What about an O'Day 23?
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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

They like to sail on their ear, and accomodations are virtually unusable unless your last name is Roloff.

What's your budget?
If you're looking for a cheap fun daysailer/sail camper, A Tempest would be my choice over a typhoon.

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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

My Dad owned Typhoon #2, built by Naugus fiberglass before CD bought them out. Sweet-sailing boat in my opinion, I didn't find her that tender and used to sail her in some smoky weather too, a tough little boat. Short waterline so she will hobbyhorse a little upwind, but nice forgiving boat to sail. If you have a genny, it helps in light weather.

Tremendously cramped down below, but doable for an overnight--beyond that, homicide.

Loved her. we sold her to the neighbors who loved her too, then got an Ensign, another Carl Alberg design. She's still sailing somewhere up around Mass Bay I guess.
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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

I used to rent them in Miami years ago. They are lovely boats to sail in a narrow wind range. I would have to guess at what that range was since the boats I sailed were not instrumented but my sense is that they began to move well in around 8 knots of wind, and were pretty much over powered around 12-15 knots. I will say that unlike some smaller long keeled boats, with care and patience, they were able to keep moving and on course in lighter breezes. Boats like these are great in places like Miami where there was usually decent winds. I don't think that they would do as well on the Bay. Frankly, you don't need or probably do not want a long keel, high wetted surface design, if all that you are doing is daysailing and overnighting on the Chesapeake.

While the Catalina 22's were pretty decent trailer sailors, I would suggest that there are a whole range of designs out there, for similar prices, which are better built, better sailors, and better suited to day sailing and overnighting on the Bay. One of my favorite of that ilk is the Ranger 23 for example. If trailering is important, I am also a big fan of Santana 23 D
and the Beneteau 235, both of which sail extremely well, offer a better build quailty than the Catalina 22 and are neat boats for the Bay.

BTW: If you get a small and shallow enough boat, my offer still stands for the free slip.

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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

As always, thank you all so much for the great insight and advice! Definitely one of the many reasons I love this place

Jeff, a huge thank you to you as well - your generosity and hospitably knows no bounds my friend.

Alright then, as far as the CD goes, this time around we're looking for fun and easy. It makes sense that the CD would be somewhat tender, heavy and slow. I'm still stuck on aesthetics it would appear, gotta check that at the door this time around. Overhangs and classic shapes are my own personal El Guapo that I must overcome..

I think 22' would be about the upper limit size wise, we want small and easy and good in light airs. I'll look into the O'days and Catalinas, and I forgot all about the Cal 20... I sailed one a couple of times a few years ago and that little thing was a blast to sail. I could hold the spin sheet with no winch or cleat on that little guy under full power.. that thing seemed to sail with no air at all. Light and snappy, and very fun.

Definitely gonna look for the ugly duckling that needs paint and cosmetics to keep it cheap, and I'll knock out a quick once over refit to make her look good (NO BRONZE THIS TIME!!). If you guys see me getting out of hand (again), please make sure to smack me down and remind me not to go overboard (again).. this time I swear I'll listen to reason..

Pretty sure Cate will make sure of that, but you know how boats are...

Thanks again everyone, if you happen run across a small diamond in the rough local to the Annapolis area for cheap or free, please let me know.


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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

A Morgan 22 would fit the bill, too. They don't appear to be as readily available everywhere as they are down here in Florida, though. Not to mention older... Mine is a '69 and she's fantastic. Morgan stuffed a lot of boat into 22'.
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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

Chris,

Forgot to mention, while its too deep for my vacant slip, one of my favorite inexpensive, daysailer/ overnighters is the Grampian Classic 22. CLASSIC 22 (GRAMPIAN) sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

This is one of those boats which were pleasing to the classic eye and yet sail like a modern boat. I owned one of these back in the early 1980's and thought they were a spectacularly good boat. I daysailed and weekended her all over the area.

I also helped a fellow buy one for less than a $1,000 perhaps 5 years ago and sail ed with him when he brought her home to Swan Creek. One of the fun sails of that summer.

Less classic, and more expensive but a super little boat is the 23 foot Farr 727.

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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

Chris,
I had a Sailmaster 22 that I sailed all over the Chesapeake. It was a full keel, attached rudder, and centerboard (S&S Design) that would let me get into 2.5 feet of water. However, it is this boat that helped me formulate my therom that one should not sail in winds where the wind speed in knots exceeds the waterline length of the boat. A major contributing factor, however was the huge main that was very difficult to reef (roller reefing being what it is). The full keel with attached rudder allowed us to laugh at the crab pots. Never once snagged one.
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Re: Anyone here have first hand experience on a Cape Dory Typhoon?

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They like to sail on their ear, and accomodations are virtually unusable unless your last name is Roloff.

What's your budget?
If you're looking for a cheap fun daysailer/sail camper, A Tempest would be my choice over a typhoon.

I Heart O'Days - Model Information - Tempest

Nice lines, that's a snappy looking little boat.
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