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150% genoa on Catalina 22

By far the most common genoa size that I have seen for sale for Catalina 22s have been 150%, especially for the hank-on variety which is what I have. I found some old posts on a very outdated message board (Catalina Direct, sadly) that suggested that some of the older Catalinas (prior to somewhere around the 1984 to 1986 models) may be unable to use this size genoa without the proper reinforcement on the bow. I don't know if anyone here has heard this or knows what I'm talking about, but I have taken a photograph both above and below deck of my headsail attachment. It certainly seems sturdy enough to be able to handle such a sail, but before I take the plunge and spend the money, I wanted to see if anybody else had any input. I have a 1985 model.

I already have a 125% genoa, so I wouldn't mind trying something a little bigger. I just don't want my bow to snap off.
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Re: 150% genoa on Catalina 22

While I'd like to see a better backing plate under the bow fitting, I'd think the concern might be the hull/deck joint itself.. often a strap is added down to the hull itself.

Surely the Catalina owners' sites should have that info?
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Re: 150% genoa on Catalina 22

As a former C22 owner, I sprung for the tang from Catalina Direct to tie the stem plate to the bow eye. Don't know if I would have ever had a problem had I not attached the tang, but it sure gave me peace of mind, especially since I often raced the boat and was frequently changing the tension on the backstay, thus changing the tension on the forestay. If I were you, I'd buy the tang. It's pretty easy to install, and you won't lose sleep wondering.
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Re: 150% genoa on Catalina 22

Thanks to you both.

Saildork: Are you referring to this?
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Re: 150% genoa on Catalina 22

I'm referring to the stem reinforcing assembly that you attach from inside the chain locker in the v-berth.
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Re: 150% genoa on Catalina 22

There is also this version, which seems like less work to install.

I had a large genoa (around 145%) on the Catalina 25 and think a little smaller one would have been better overall. It hit the spreaders when sheeted in hard, which meant we couldn't point as high as when using a smaller 110% jib. I don't know how similar the rig details are on the Catalina 22, but it is something that I'd watch out for.

If you have a smaller jib to use in heavier weather then I'd get a pretty light large genoa so that it holds shape even in very light winds. That boats huge genoa is made with heavy fabric, it is sort of ridiculous and doesn't fly as well as it should in the winds where it is most useful (about 8 knots and below).
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