First time boat in SC
I have been a member of Sailnet for some time now. Mainly reading what's going on with others and looking for that first step into sailing.
I grew up on powerboats but I have had a desire to sail for years but financially did not want to make the move for formal classes, especially when I didn't have a boat to practice on. So I found a guy at the local marina in Georgetown, SC and the first thing he told me was to read Colgateís basic sailing theory. In a couple of weeks my daughter and I went out in Winyah Bay on a rented Hunter 23 (boat was for sale) and had a blast but most of all learned a lot. I also got with a sailing club on a local lake and spent some time on a Sunfish and Hobie cat. The biggest problem with the club was you had to own a boat to join and only members have access to the Sunfish, Dock, and ramp. This makes it very hard.
Well after looking at Craigslist, classifieds, and other forums for over a year for a dingy to learn on. I found a deal on a 1972 Catalina 22 in very good shape. I was looking for something smaller but also wanted something to take the family out on. This was also too good of a deal to pass up. Iím in the process now of transferring the titles and getting her ready to sail. I hope by next Saturday everything will be in order and ready to go.
Is there anything I should be aware of for in this model boat? I have read and talked to people about it and have heard this is a very good starter boat and is very forgiving.
Hello and welcome to Posting on SN!
Enjoy your Catalina 22, it is a very nice model to learn on and big enough to take your family out for a day or even an overnight camping trip at anchor. My wife and I learned on a Catalina 22 and had a wonderful time day sailing Pensacola Bay on one.
It is a good starter model boat for several reasons. For one thing Catalina is still in business and some parts are probably still available for it. Having a trailer sailor reduces marina/club/storage fees and allows more mobility.
On any boat that old (1972) you should carefully check the chain plates and check the deck for soft spots.
Took the boat out yesterday to the lake. Winds were light be we had some good moments. Boat is in great shape with a few things I have to work on. We had a great time and look forward to the next time out. It did make me realize I have a lot to learn.
rcoll - welcome to SN dude. And congrats on your sail yesterday.
Catalinas are great boats.
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