Join Date: Dec 2012
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Re: Catalina-22, O'day-22, or this curveball Starwind!
Tube, where are you sailing from? You mention the islands so I'm assuming Western Lake Erie? If so, that's where I sail and I have my boat docked at Sandusky Harbor Marina. Unless you're in Sandusky Bay, I'd probably stay away from anything less than a 22. In fact, I would probably not go smaller than a Catalina 25. My wife and I were sailing on Saturday, planning on going up towards Pelee Island. Winds were pretty fresh from the north/northeast, and on a close-haul we were getting beat up a bit, so we turned around and sailed in the bay instead. If it were just me, I'd likely have continued on, but the wife wasn't enjoying the ride. One thing to be careful of with smaller boats too, is that in the chop (and there was a lot of it this weekend), the outboard will be coming up out of the water.
If I were to choose between the brands though, I'd pick Catalina. I had a Catalina 25 prior to the Beneteau, and it was great, the company was great to work with, and Catalinas have a big support network. I'm kind of looking for a Catalina 22 myself to sail on a small reservoir where I live.