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Canadian Sailcraft 22 (CS-22, CSY-22)
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Description: Canadian Sailcraft 22 (CS-22, CSY-22)
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Sun August 30, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Having spent 3 years getting my feet wet (among other parts of my body) on a Siren 17, I felt it was time to move up to a more substantial boat. The CS-22 fit my criteria for this move. It is easily trailered and set up is simple and straight forward. This boat is very easy to sail and allows you to improve on your abilities without scaring you to death. The cockpit is roomy enough to seat 4 adults and accomodations down below are suitable for the same, provided personal belongings are kept to a minimum. A side door ice box is useful for storage only. We keep a well stocked cooler under the V-birth and this arrangement works well.
The hull is sound, as is the deck, but as is the case with most coloured hulls of the 70's, oxydation has gotten the best of the red gelcoat. The cockpit drains are mounted low on the transom and you must make sure that you have them plugged prior to motoring away from your slip.A 7.5 hp motor is sufficient for those windless days. This boat seems to be quite popular along the north shore of Lake Ontario and Hooland Marine in Toronto should be able to help you out with any parts you may need.
With 5 months of regular sailing behind me, I can say that I am most satisfied with all aspects regarding the CS-22 and reccomend it to anyone looking for great entertainment on the water.
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Registered: February 2001
Review Date: Sun March 5, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: Nice size drop keel trailered boat , sails well

Great trailered boat , well made ...for the price...
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Review Date: Wed August 23, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,400.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Performance, engineering, good floorplan
Cons: Weak rudder assembly, lightly built, standard trailer needs upgrade or replacement

My wife and I owned and sailed a Canadian Sailcraft CS22 for four years. It was the best 22 foot, trailer-able, ramp launch-able sail boat available on the used market, IMHO.

After living in Michigan, Ohio and Texas it was only our move to the big winds of San Francisco Bay that convinced us to sell the CS and move to a different boat.

I’ll continue the rave below, but on to specifics in no particular order:

The CS22 is a John Butler design. Briefly:

• 7/8 Sloop Rig
• Length Overall 21’6”
• Length Waterline 17’6”
• Beam 8’
• Draft 2’ board up-5’ board down
• Displacement 2200lb
• Ballast 1100lb
• Sail Area 212 sq ft

The broad brush strokes are quite typical; the details are what make her shine.

Cabin begins forward with a more than adequate double V-berth. Continuing aft on port are a proper hanging locker that drains to bilge, a compact galley with sink, enough counter top for an alcohol or propane cooker with icebox below. Aft of the galley is a roomy pilot berth with storage below. To starboard is a dinette that sits two easily. Perhaps one or two small children could be squeezed in, but not the claimed four adults. The dinette converts to a roomy single with good storage below. There is adequate storage for two for more than a week.

The CS22 is a sweet design with an eye on performance. The slack turn of the bilge provides a round bottom hull shape aft and V forward, well suited to slicing through wind chop without pounding. The keel/centerboard design is great for those of us that must explore the shallows without sacrificing windward performance. Both keel and board are virtually indestructible cast iron, providing peace of mind to those like me that will sail the shallow stuff ‘till she stops. The trick is to keep the board down at least six inches while feeling through the shallows. If she stops raise the board and back track. The waterline is unfashionably short by modern standards. However, when combined with the narrow waterline beam she’s easily moved on light air days especially with board up. Wonderfully balanced with the working jib, you can lash the tiller, trim sails and experience a boat that’ll track the wind all day. Hull/Deck joint is the desired turned-in flange type with the toe rail sittings on top of the joint. All three components, rail, deck and hull, are through-bolted with screws, washers and nuts, not sheet metal screws.

Deck design features full length slotted aluminum toe rails, a bridge deck to keep ‘poop’ water out of cabin, simple pop top design, mid-boom traveler on bridge deck allows bringing boom to center while close hauled. Centerboard pennant is controlled from the cockpit with a clever winch/drum arrangement. This is vastly superior to typical swing keel and centerboard designs of the era that require someone go below to raise or lower the keel/board.

Interior has full headliner and pan which together restrict access to hull and deck. There is a tasteful amount of wood; just enough to make the interior warmer.

Our boat came with one bow cleat and no stern or mid cleats. This required using the slotted toe rail and primary winches to secure the boat when at dock.

Cockpit scuppers are located aft and drain directly through transom above the waterline. On the good side this allows gasoline vapors and propane fumes to drain out of the cockpit. On the annoying side they allow water to enter the cockpit when powering near hull speed. The CS22 community knows to keep two properly sized plugs ready at hand.

The rudder assembly is a complicated, over-engineered design that is not as rugged as it should be. The blade is capable of both pivoting in shallow water and retracting vertically to reduce drag. I considered fabricating a simpler replacement.

Our boat would have benefited from better cabin ventilation. She came with neither hatch nor opening ports in the forward cabin. Also, the main cabin port lights are fixed.

The standard ice box is a poor design, typical of the era. A previous owner replaced our icebox with a cabinet with 2 drawers and storage bin. I would have chosen ‘stuff holes’ to make maximum use of this space.

There is no designed-in provision for anchor or rode stowage on, in or below the fore deck. I intended to add a bow roller and deck pipe to allow keeping a light Danforth on the bow and with rode stowed below in the forepeak locker.

The CS22 is not a heavy weather boat (the primary reason she didn’t make the trip to SFBay). Deck stepped mast is centered on the passage to the forward cabin. Mast tabernacle is supported by a short thwart ships beam in itself supported by vertical posts and bulkhead. We never had a problem with the design

I searched for 2 seasons and looked at Oday 22 and 23, Paceship PY23, Catalina 22 and 25, Neptune 24, McGregor 25, 26, 26X and 26M, Windrose 24, Balboa 26, Rob Roy 23 and others that escape recollection.

If you can’t find a CS22 the Paceship PY23 comes close.

Curiously, as the wind pipes up, your first reef should be the jib rather than the main. The factory issue jib comes equipped with reefing cringles for this. Our boat still had a hanked on jib, plus 135% genoa, original main and a new loose footed main.

If you are looking for a TRAILER sailer pay attention to the trailer! To ignore is to ensure grief. In my case I almost bought my CS22 in 2000, but passed because of the trailer. Eventually I bought the very same boat and trailer in 2001 from a different owner. In 2001 I accepted the need to immediately upgrade the trailer because after 2 seasons of searching I realized what a great boat it was.

Factory trailer is well (heavily) built, but not well equipped. Axles and spindles are ‘home made’, hitch coupler is incorrect for frame type and brake system was a joke. Trailer frame is of mild steel and must be thoroughly checked for corrosion (each tubular frame member should have had two drain holes, one at each end). I replaced the axle assemblies entirely with new Dexters, replaced the entire lighting system, replaced all bunks and would have replaced the coupler given more time.

If I had to do it over again I’d price out a new custom aluminum trailer such as those from Trailex. Such a trailer would weigh about 700 pounds less allowing the use of a less expensive tow vehicle.


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