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Topic Review (Newest First)
01-24-2009 07:44 PM
ssneade gee, there's something thinner than a catalina? my contender has enough glass to make three cat 22's, but i won't knock 'em.........
01-23-2009 09:06 AM
Lostmt Unless you just gotta have a Catalina 22 there is another find boat out there that you might look at. That's the Starwind 22. I preferred a heaver boat with more weight in the swing keel. I'm not into racing just cruising.

I'm not in favor of the Ventura 21. Got a friend that bought one the other day and the hull has oil canned in 3 different spots. That tells me they are not as well built as the Catalina or Starwind.
01-23-2009 05:37 AM
ssneade agreed, great starter boat. fairly inexpensive, easy to maintain, easy handling, and trailerable. plus there's a blue million of 'em out there. take your time, make sure keelbolt and bushings are ok along with winch.
good luck..........
01-23-2009 04:25 AM
artbyjody Shilshole is a very popular spot about 10% less in morrage than surrounding area.. Elliott is great if you like the downtown aspect and easily bikable..

Spend some time biking to either before you maker up your mind... I have a car so so..good luck
01-23-2009 03:44 AM
bossk Keep an eye out for boats with assumable moorage, when I was looking and asking around everything local was 3 year waiting lists. The listings with moorage sure make life easier But it might be easier for a smaller boat, I'm not sure I was looking for a slip for a 27 to 30 foot boat.
01-23-2009 03:32 AM
tpohara sorry, not sure where my brain was, you said Vancouver and my brain was linking to Seattle... my bad.
01-22-2009 01:25 AM
Penzer
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don't forget that even as far as Shilshole is (or at least used to be) on a bus line (I forget which one, been a while since I lived up there). for that matter, with a little planing, you can easily reach everything from des moines to edmonds with mass trans. if bikes are your preferred means, you are still in range of the Ballard ones and Shilshole.

besides, if memory serves, there used to be a lot of commercial traffic in Elliott Bay that might be worth not having to deal with. imo, of course...


Completely agree, it's not that difficult to get anywhere on mass transit. However, just the thought of having a 22 with easy any time access (especially for the summer) would be nice. It would be ideal to eliminate any obstacles to getting to it while learning.
01-21-2009 01:08 AM
tpohara
you have a pretty good selection of locations in range...

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The thing is, I live in a downtown appartment, and that one came with moorage that was just accross the bridge from downtown! It would have been almost too easy to get there, literally minutes away! I'll keep looking, but having it that close to me would be a huge convenience as I don't have a car.
don't forget that even as far as Shilshole is (or at least used to be) on a bus line (I forget which one, been a while since I lived up there). for that matter, with a little planing, you can easily reach everything from des moines to edmonds with mass trans. if bikes are your preferred means, you are still in range of the Ballard ones and Shilshole.

besides, if memory serves, there used to be a lot of commercial traffic in Elliott Bay that might be worth not having to deal with. imo, of course...
01-21-2009 12:48 AM
scottyt personally i would look at slightly larger boats, if i was single i could do a c22. but you can find larger boats for the same or slightly less. this time of year go cruise thru the marinas and look for expired stickers a few years old then talk to the marina. i bought an 83 hunter 27 that i sailed all summer for a total investment of 2500 bucks, i want to put in about another grand in parts plus maybe sails, then upgrade when i spot another good deal
01-20-2009 04:28 PM
mrwuffles Love my c22 very easy to trailer and rig up and sailing singlehanded was no problem. Lots of room to overnight and the slide out galley is perfect to stow away when not in use. Also the swing keel version can go almost anywhere.
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