Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Alameda, San Francisco Bay
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A good recommendation for a starter boat is the Catalina 22 (A.K.A. C22, Cat22 etc) for the following reasons. First, I think that they made close to 20,000 of them over the years so they are common as grass. Second, they have reasonable build quality and generally are a good resale value. Third, there is an extremely active class association with national, regional and local groups. And, they are relatively simple and comfortable to sail. They are by no means a performance boat, but you do get a simple cabin big enough for two to “camp” in. This was my first boat and I have some pretty fond memories sailing her.
What is that old saying? “If mama ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy?” Boats can become a big monetary and time commitment and if your wife isn’t on board, you will soon find yourself boatless. I have two words of advice for you, flush plumbing. My wife liked the 22, but it was a bit too much like camping for her so she would often stay home, not wanting to make the hour drive to go day sailing. Our 28 footer changed all that as the comfort ability was night and day when compared to the 22. We started to spend a lot more weekends on that boat. We soon grew out of that boat relatively quickly and then bought our 34. Three more words for you, yacht club membership. Like most spouses, my wife enjoys the social aspect way more than doing things like pushing the boat through heavy weather or racing. She is a lot more confident and comfortable knowing that her friends can handle the same the same set of conditions that we are sailing in. We did a pretty bad round down and broach once in a race and if it wasn’t for my wife seeing how calm the other three wives were, we probably would have never left the dock after that. Now, it has taken her several years to get over her fears of anything related to spinnakers, but I’m proud to say that I was able to get her to double hand our gennaker a couple of weeks ago, hooray! Again, knowing that her girl friends can do it gives her confidence. Plus, she likes to go to parties and such. Since January, we have spent six weekends on the boat and “winter” is our off season!