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I've had a Siren 17, which i sailed in various weather. I didnt have it long, i sold it, due to having dreams of a bigger boat. I sailed in a small craft advisory on the Chesapeake, on my first outing. I've sailed in the night of the fall. Im a new sailor no doubt, but im not afraid or unnerved by new challenges.

I would like to step up to a Catalina 22. This boat, i think i would keep in a slip at my local marina. There is something intimidating about having my boat tied off in the water 24 hours a day. Its new, uncomfortable, thinking about other people having their boat tied up to me, a newbie, and id have to dock mine after every outing.

Am i crazy to worry about leaving trailer sailing, for docking a boat?
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True, that part im perfectly okay with!

i love your signature, no wife no kid no debt.

Ill be 30 very soon, and i have no substantial amount of any of those. I dont have many peers who can say the same.
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Re: Stepping up to a new boat Thread...

If you can hit a trailer most of the time you shouldn't have trouble putting a slightly bigger but still quite responsive boat into a slip...

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Re: Stepping up to a new boat Thread...

Docking a boat is no big deal. Yes, it takes a bit of skill, buy you'll get it. The real question is what do you want to do with your boat? If you want a boat that does short cruises, handles a bit more weather, and is a bit more comfy, then yes, a boat like the Catalina 22 could be a great boat for you. Leaving it in the water does require a bit more maintenance, but that is part of the lifestyle. As I've gotten larger boats (for reasons of my own) I've enjoyed the challenge of it. If it sounds like fun … go for it!!
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Sounds about right.

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After you dock about three times, you will find it much easier than trailering. You will be glad you made the change.



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Re: Stepping up to a new boat Thread...

Just take things slow when docking. Don't hit other boats or the dock itself. You'll be fine.

What part of the Chesapeake are you on?

I think your worries about the boat being in the water would go away quick when you realize you'll have a boat ready to go as soon as you show up rather than having to setup the mast, rigging, sails, etc., each time you want to get on the water. There might even be a Catalina 22 group on the Chesapeake. C22 groups get together for races once in a while if you're into that sorta thing.

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You'll love marina life too. You can go stay on your boat for a couple days, sail evey day, stay out and drop anchor over night somewhere if you want, and if you come back to the docks there's usually some social life, cook on your boat, and there's nothing like a good night's sleep with that gentle motion of the boat.


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Catalina 22, big boat fear

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