You'll really want a roller furling headsail, but fear not, they only cost $40 to make.Big plus on that Catalina is the replaced keel pivot pin. It is a known weak point and swing keels have fallen off.
The only upgrade you might come to want is a roller reefing headsail esp. if you single hand.
Having said that I singlehanded my Catalina 22 with hank on headsails up the west coast of Scotland one summer and down the Adriatic the next. Mind you there were times.............
If he really means a Mac 25, he doesn't mean the weird hybrid Mac 26M/X. And I doubt you'd find a 26M/X for price competitive with a C22, unless it's really beat up.There are reasons for this.
The mac seriously compromises any abilities to sail for 2 things. 1: A roomier interior. 2: The ability to plane with a big outboard.
The Mac 25 handles like a sailboat.I have not ruled out the Mac25 but does it handle like a sailboat or like a hybrid?
Manufacturers have wildly different ways of setting their towing ratings, but you should be good - the Mac 25 comes in around 2100lbs, and the C22 a little more around 2500.Also do you think a vehicle rated for 3500 lbs. towing capacity will have any issues towing this? will I need a larger truck?
Thanks for the correction. The M26 is a strange boat with lots of compromises. It actually can be a good cruiser for some people, but the M26 is really best thought of as a powerboat with limited space and a toy sail rig to have fun with rather than a sailboat.If he really means a Mac 25, he doesn't mean the weird hybrid Mac 26M/X. And I doubt you'd find a 26M/X for price competitive with a C22, unless it's really beat up.
All models before that (26D,S) were real sailboats and seem to get good reviews for sailing performance, if lightly built. Differences were just in keel - swing vs. daggerboard.
BTW if it's really a 25, it doesn't have water ballast either - it has a ~700lb swing keel. I sailed a Siren 17, which is a Canadian knock-off of a Mac/Venture 17, and it was actually reasonably stiff for what it was.