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04-09-2009 03:40 PM
onespd O'Day 23 has ballasted shoal keel with centerboard. Capri 22 is available with wing or fin keel. I would rather not go offshore in a swingkeel due to possibility of keel slamming while beating against waves.

Catalina 22 Sport is intended for one design racing for folks who don't want to fix up an older Catalina 22 - 1st gen was lighter and therefore faster than MkII, etc.
04-08-2009 01:58 PM
bobmcgov How about a ComPac 23? It's well-suited to nasty chop and while no gazelle in the speed department, quite pleasant to sail. Shoal keel means launchable at most ramps (may need a tongue extension). It's a yachty little boat and I'd trust it in a squall or messy seaway.



These are common along the Gulf Coast; price is all over the map.
04-08-2009 01:17 AM
saildork The Catalina 22 is a lot of fun to sail and it's faster than its numbers would suggest. People do sail them from Florida to the Bahamas, but they wait for a really good wx window to do so. I think that if you are going to be sailing in ocean rollers and heavy chop, the C22 would get old very fast.

On the plus side, these boats are easy to maintain and to modify. And, like any other boat, if well cared for, they age pretty well. Mine is an '83 with no leaks, solid hull and no sponginess in the deck. Still, I'd be looking for something more substantial than a Catalina 22.
04-07-2009 10:49 PM
Lostmt If you have the funds and want a true blue water trailer sailor I would take a look at the Rhodes 22. They don't come cheap when you can find one for sale.
04-07-2009 02:46 PM
mikemitchell Owned a Starwind 223 (Wellcraft) version well actually early Rebel version using Wellcraft molds.

I see no real probablem going across the Gulf stream in this boat. Had mine in 40 knot winds 7 to 8 foot seas a couple of times.
Also been in a Catalina in lesser conditions like 30 knot winds . I was scared to death on the Catalina felt safe and actually enjoyed the storm in the Starwind.
02-04-2009 11:46 PM
Filmsomething You might want to add a Catalina 25 to your list, would be much more comfortable then a 22' boat. But it would more to handle trailering. I have a swingkeel version and I don't have much of a problem pulling/launching it with my Grand Cherokee
02-04-2009 12:22 AM
Yankeedollar Ok so the more i think about it the more I want a boat that can perform. I dont need much more than a sail locker cabin like seen on the santana 20, or the wavelength 24. I feel that the draft will be an issue on these boats though.

I am also looking for anyone who has experience buying boats of this age and what common problems i should look for.
02-03-2009 06:58 PM
LittleWingCA The Dana 24 from Pacific Seacraft came with a 3 axle trailer if you wanted to purchase it. That boat might fit your trailerable + gulfstream capable. I don't have a picture of one on a trailer, nor do I know what kind of vehicle you need to pull one with, but it had a fixed keel and was ocean capable.
02-03-2009 04:52 PM
Wayne25 Well, I'm partial since I own one. Helms 25. I really like the ballasted keel along with the centerboard. Not a speed demon, about the same at the Catalina 25.




Its a big cockpit, don't get pooped out there.
There are a couple for sale now also.
02-03-2009 04:35 PM
Yado O'Day 222
LOA 21'9"
LWL 19'7"
BEAM 7'11"
DRAFT (BOARD UP) 1'8" (BOARD DOWN) 4"8"
DISPLACEMENT 2,200LBS
BALLAST 800LBS
SAIL AREA 100% 207SF
I 22.75'
P 23.75'
J 7.J7'
W 10'
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