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This is what I am thinking

After a decade of working 6 days a week, I have accepted a position that will give me proper weekends off. Spending that time on the sales side of the RV business, I have zero real interest in spending my new free time dealing with those. With that, my wife and I have discussed a sailboat. I grew up on my dads international 470. That was too small for what I am looking for. It's been 20 years since I have sailed but feel I could knock the rust off quickly. For the boat I am looking for, I would like a nice cabin and cockpit. From what I have read here a Catalina 22 swing keel seems to check off the most boxes of my list.

I am based in Colorado, not many large lakes but some. Is a boat that size okay on the smaller lakes? The "Yacht club" where I grew up sailing is mostly Hobie cats and small day sailers.

Basically would like some advice, preferably on using something like the Catalina 22, as a trailer sailer on lakes in Colorado and the occasional bay/coastal cruise.
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Re: This is what I am thinking

The C22 is probably one of the best candidates for what you're thinking.. Good owner support and reputation. But don't get locked into any specific model til you've looked around some.. Lots of other trailer sailers of similar size out there too
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Re: This is what I am thinking

What else would you suggest then?
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Re: This is what I am thinking

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What else would you suggest then?
There are a number of similar boats but without knowing your budget/how old/new you want it's tough to say.

Here's a search of similar boats under $5K - some far away but mainly for reference:

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You'll have to browse through to see if it's a trailerable or not...
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Re: This is what I am thinking

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I have looked at most of those and keep returning to the catalina. My biggest concern is being able to get the most use out of it as possible. Hence the swing keel, trailer and larger size. I would be just fine with a hobie racing around but the wife and future kids, I want something more like the catalina.
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Re: This is what I am thinking

Not saying the C22 isn't right for you.... if you've looked at others and made a choice that's great.

If kids are in the offing and you're fairly sure you'll both take to this maybe think about a C25 to avoid the first inevitable 'step up'....
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Thought about the 25 but that's just getting really big. Colorado is a lovely place but one of the lakes I want to sail is up the mountain and the others are fairly small.
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Re: This is what I am thinking

Another question, how we'll does a swing keel perform vs the fixed counter part.
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In that sort of boat the fixed keel version is likely going to outperform its centreboard sister, it will be less tender and more stable all around. But the trailering issues are pretty limiting with a fixed keel boat
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Re: This is what I am thinking

That's where a wing keel c25 is ideal. It has the trailerability of the C22 or C25 swing keel, but better manners, especially with the board up. And the C25 may seem big at first, but after 5-6 months, it won't.

Just how big are the lakes in your area? I can appreciate the size issue (our local lake puts a 16' limit on boats of a y kind), but the C25 is a significant different and more family-friend boat if you can swing it. We had one with a family of 4, inducing to small boys, and would still have it if it hasn't been totaled in Hurricane Sandy.

Can you give us an idea of your budget and envisioned usage? Will she be moored/docked somewhere, or trailer sailed? What kind of tow vehicle do you have? If trailering, do you realize that it's a 45 minute to an hour job to rig a C22/25, and another 45-60 to break it down again, and that may not always include time spent waiting for the ramp? That's crucial "boredom time" with little ones. Not trying to be a wet blanket, just setting your expectations.

What you might consider, depending on your anticipated use cases (racing, cruising, daysailing, overnighting) and needs (marine head, galley, shower/sink), is something like a Diller Schwill or West Wight Potter. Smaller, easier to rig, and easy to tow, with a small cabin that you can use for overnighting, and future kids can use as a "fort" while you are underway.
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