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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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Curmudgeon at Large- and rhinestone in the rough, sailing my Farr 11.6 on the Chesapeake Bay