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04-10-2013 09:45 AM
CarbonSink62
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

I'm not an expert on the C22, but I've owned three Catalinas.

The fuel locker change happened in the late '70s for the C25; since it was a huge safety issue, I can't imagine that the C22 didn't get the same fix at about the same time.

In the mid '80s every Catalina went from MkI to MkII. Well, most of them. I know the C22, C25 & C30 did. The C18 was never a MkI, it was born with the MkII features.

The MkII includes (but is not limited to):

More angular shape to the lights, no rounded corners
No aluminum trim rings around the lights
A more aggressive non-skid pattern (little pyramids instead of a criss-cross pattern)
Life lines with 2 rows of wire (maybe not all boats)

That should be enough for you to recognize a MkII vs. a MkI. There were many more changes to the individual boats, some of them significant.

Don't be afraid of a MkI; they were (and some still are) fine boats. Catalina Direct still has tons of parts for fixes and upgrades. In fact, CD is one of the big reasons to buy a Catalina.

If you can wait a year, there will be a C25 for sale close to me.

Very close to me.

Ken
03-25-2013 07:55 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

On the newer boats they sealed off the lockers under the cockpit seats from the cabin so gas fumes wont get in, and they moved the galley. Not sure what else. Mine came with the slide out galley and I just took it out and got rid of it. A nice cooler and a magma grill will work much better. Our galley was old and horrible.

I think for lake sailing you will be very happy with the Cat22 . We love ours.
03-25-2013 05:30 PM
Cincy020
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

I think after considering everything, that a 22 will probably suite my needs best. With that said, I understand that there was a design change sometime in the mid 80's. Is there any significant differences between the boats produced before/after the design change?
03-20-2013 04:52 PM
Rhys05
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

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Originally Posted by CarbonSink62 View Post
I went from a C18 (1,500#) to the C25 (4,550#) and worried in the weeks before launch that it was too much boat.

After I docked it twice, it was no big deal.

It's big; but not so big you can't manhandle it or move it with paddle.

Well, a big paddle!
Hehe...pretty much the same concerns I have right now in the couple weeks before we splash our 7.9 for the first time...almost exactly the same displacement difference too. Glad to know that it isn't too bad!
03-20-2013 04:50 PM
CarbonSink62
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

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Originally Posted by Cincy020 View Post
Having a 25, I am just concerned that it may be too much boat for me to handle. Does anyone see that as a concern? I just don't want to get 25 and then not be comfortable sailing it.
I went from a C18 (1,500#) to the C25 (4,550#) and worried in the weeks before launch that it was too much boat.

After I docked it twice, it was no big deal.

It's big; but not so big you can't manhandle it or move it with paddle.

Well, a big paddle!
03-20-2013 04:47 PM
Rhys05
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

The Catalina 25 was near the top of the list for us when we were looking for a bigger boat (first boat was an 18 ft Renken sloop daysailer). Ended up getting an S2 7.9 due to easier trailering (sits lower, lifting daggerboard keel rather than swing or fixed) and its a faster boat, but the Catalina definitely has a nicer interior. There are a couple of Catalina 25s for sale here in Indianapolis that we were considering, both with trailers and outboards for less than $10k asking. Great people at Sailboats Indiana (although these boats aren't owned by them, just acting as a brokerage).

Sailboats Inc | Pre-Owned Sailboats
03-20-2013 04:38 PM
pcarlson
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

Cincy020,
Lots of good info. If set up is not a problem, the 25 may be best as you will grow into it. The wife unit may like the cabin space and inclosed head. If you can store and transport a fixed keel, less to maintain. I'm looking at both as well.
03-20-2013 03:44 PM
Sal Paradise
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

You might want to look at-

C25 Swing Keel Installation
03-20-2013 03:24 PM
Alex W
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

The C-22 has a bit larger cockpit than the C-25. The Capri 25 has a larger cockpit than either, and a smaller interior than the C-25, since it is meant more for racing than sailing. It is also a faster boat.

I found the C-25 pretty easy to handle myself and often sailed it solo, even without an autopilot.

Cabin space is most useful for overnight trips, but having a real head behind a closed screen is nicer on the C-25, and having a galley is nice if you plan on having picnics or meals onboard.
03-20-2013 02:59 PM
Cincy020
Re: Catalina 22 or 25?

Thanks for all the input. Around here in Cincinnati, we have relatively small lakes to sail on, so for me, I don't think overnight trips will happen often. My wife is actually the one who asked me to consider the 25 because of the cabin space, but as I currently just do day sails, I don't consider a large cabin to be a necessity. I have crewed with a friend on a Capri 25, so I guess I would sort of have the feel for a Cat 25. We are both young (late 20's) so being able to have friends with us is really what we would like. Most likely, 4 ppl would often would be on the boat with 6 on occasion.

I guess crew would be one issue. My help (wife) would be my primary crew and she has 10x more interest on being on a sail boat rather than helping me crew. All boats I am looking at has a furling headsail, so would that be a big deal? Having a 25, I am just concerned that it may be too much boat for me to handle. Does anyone see that as a concern? I just don't want to get 25 and then not be comfortable sailing it.
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