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Re: Ranger 23 or Catalina 22 for SF bay, suggestions/advice?
There is no doubt that the Ranger 23 is a much better boat in pretty much every way meaning they were better built, they handle heavy and light air better, they are more forgiving, they have more a little more space in the cabin, and they perform better. That said, some of the the Catalina 22's have a pop-top that expand the space below. The Ranger 23 was one of Gary Mull's best designs done at a time when Gary Mull was one of the top designers in the world.
The cost of a bottom job is cheap compared to the cost to replace cushions and while Catalina parts are more readily available, the Ranger 23 had very few proprietary parts that you won't be able to replace from the usual marine sources.
While you may end up paying for an extra foot in the marina, the Ranger is actually 2 feet longer than than the Catalina and has a better modeled hull which goes a long way towards improving seaworthiness when wind and waves take a turn for the worse.
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