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Just some stuff I have come across in my own research.

The smaller the boat you are in the bigger the waves will be compared to your boat.

Unless you plan really well and have some luck on your side you probably will encounter some rough seas along the way. You might be in trouble if you see 30 foot waves or greater if you manage to get near a storm.

I had a thread asking what size gave an ok saftey factor and it seemed to be atleast 27 feet with a 100 degree or more no recovery tip angle.

Fin keels / spade rudders can get ripped off if you hit something too so that is something to consider especially with the whole shipping container worry.

Another thing is water and fuel capacity, you will have to motor atleast a few times and a de salinator might not keep up with your water demand with the small panels you will fit on the boat.

The tank will have to take up the slack but small boats usually do not come with more than 15 gallons of water and if you are lucky the same amount for fuel.

You may be going a few weeks at a time without seeing land so you have to factor in if you can survive semi comfortably food and water wise for that time.

Someone gave me a really handy website for smaller blue water capable craft:

http://atomvoyages.com/planning/good-old-boats-list.html

If you go smaller you may be comprising safety and comfort in the name of cutting cost.
 

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As possible as it is to go across the country on a skateboard. The question is, why would you want to?
 

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How possible do you think it would be to sail around the world on a Catalina 22.

You know. Buy the boat and fix her up real good.

Do you think it would make it the whole 30,000 miles?
People have made impressive passages on small boats.

If you need to ask this question you aren't ready.

For long-distance cruising on small boats try sailFar.net .

Go sailing.
 

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How possible do you think it would be to sail around the world on a Catalina 22.

You know. Buy the boat and fix her up real good.

Do you think it would make it the whole 30,000 miles?
Smaller boats have circumnavigated. See Atom Voyages - Good Old Boats List

But it depends a great deal on the skipper, Webb Chiles or Shane Acton would most likely make it round, don't know about you.

If you are interested in small boat circumnavigations Shrimpy by Shane Acton is required reading. It was a frequent source of inspiration for me.

I owned a swing keel Catalina 22 [Jaguar 22] and sailed it around the West coast of Scotland and down the Adriatic. I liked it and it was a great little coastal cruiser. Offshore in bad conditions, I am not so sure, that is a big cockpit if it gets filled.
 

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It's not around the world, but I do plan on taking my C22 on Lake Superior.

I've only been sailing it for a little over a month now, but I did manage to get it out on my little local lake this high wind day:


And it handled great! It was exciting, but never scary, and we were always in control. My main is old and I don't yet have the proper controls to get it as flat as I'd like, so I imagine with a little fixing there even much stronger winds would be fine.

It is waves that would worry me. I'm on a small lake, so even with 30mph winds there are no waves of any height. It seems like it wouldn't take much of a wave to overwhelm a C22. Less than an 8' beam and only 25% ballast. And since mine is a swing keel if you did get knocked down much past horizontal there's a chance that the keel could slam back up.

So anyway. I don't think *I'd* take a C22 around the world. But if you do, please let us know how it goes! :)
 

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Nope not at all; since the 'structural design' of the C22 is strictly for 'inshore' or protected waters sailing.
An around-the-world boat of this size would be built to at least TWICE the 'strength' of a C22.

Inotherwords ... expect the C22 to 'fall apart' (and probably sink) long before you complete your circumnavigation. There's simply not enough 'reserve strength' (safety factor) in an inshore design boat to take the beating that a dedicated 'blue water' boat can handle .... This has NOTHING to do with the experience and ability of the sailor; its just simple 'material and inbuilt design strength'.
 

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And since mine is a swing keel if you did get knocked down much past horizontal there's a chance that the keel could slam back up.
The swing keel Catalina 22 boats I have sailed have had a big pin that holds the keel down.
 

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Nope not at all; since the 'structural design' of the C22 is strictly for 'inshore' or protected waters sailing.
An around-the-world boat of this size would be built to at least TWICE the 'strength' of a C22.
I don't know anything about the design of "offshore" boats, but I can say that a C22 is pretty soft. I cut a backing plate out of G-10 fiberglass and that stuff is crazy impossibly hard. Then I went to cut a through-hull in the C22 and it was like cutting through butter in comparison.

The swing keel Catalina 22 boats I have sailed have had a big pin that holds the keel down.
They have a screw that pushes against the side of the keel and friction is supposed to keep it down, but it doesn't really lock it in place. The consensus on the C22 forum is that if you got much past horizontal the weight and levering effect would rapidly overcome the the friction of the end of a 1/2" screw. A lot of peep have removed the pin and glassed over the hole, since it can let water in sometimes.

In my mind I think of it as a keel brake, rather than a keel lock.
 

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Don't forget there are a lot of fixed keel Catalina 22's. That being said, and having owned it as the second of my five under 30 foot boats, I felt it to be the weakest. Although it 20-30 knot hawaii winds and 4-6 foot seas it always sailed great. I'm all about taking a small boat offshore(at least wanting to). This would not be it.
 

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With perfect weather windows it's probably possible. You'd have to have a lot of patience, and not need a lot of food or water storage.

Realistically yes, a 22 foot sailboat can do it - but you'd want the 8,000 lb full keel, heavy-built kinds, not a C22, if you were asking for a personal reason.

You'd have to do more modifications to it all over that it would just make sense to buy a sturdy sailboat.

I have a sabot. Thought about doing the trans-pac in it.
 

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Nope not at all; since the 'structural design' of the C22 is strictly for 'inshore' or protected waters sailing.
..There's simply not enough 'reserve strength' (safety factor) in an inshore design boat to take the beating that a dedicated 'blue water' boat can handle .... This has NOTHING to do with the experience and ability of the sailor; its just simple 'material and inbuilt design strength'.
Catalina would certainly disagree with you. They say it is " safer at sea and in all conditions than any boat in it's class " And the thousands of C22's still out there sailing decade after decade after decade must all be very lucky or very careful .
 

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Not to stoke the fires, but Catalina did make a fixed fin keel version of the boat during it's long, long, production history. Once, I did a round trip to Monterrey from Santa Cruz over a weekend. If any of you are familiar with Monterrey Bay in th afternoon, you will understand when I say I had my Cape Horn rounding experience!
 

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This just seems like an absurd idea. Any C22 or similar boat would have to be modded so extensively that you might as well just buy a boat designed for the task anyway. It's not just the swing keel - it's basically the whole boat. Even if the boat was durable enough, there's just not room for the needed gear and provisions. And hit just one storm and it would swallow up the boat like nothing.
Catalina would certainly disagree with you...
I dare you to find me someone at Catalina who would advise taking a C22 on a circumnav.
...They say it is " safer at sea and in all conditions than any boat in it's class " And the thousands of C22's still out there sailing decade after decade after decade must all be very lucky or very careful .
I doubt their promotional literature that you supposedly quote has that grammar error (possessive its with apostrophe). And the key phrase there is its class. It is very safe for its class, but its class is cruising and daysailing in protected waters.

The correct answer to OP's original question is "no."
 

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Not to stoke the fires, but Catalina did make a fixed fin keel version of the boat during it's long, long, production history. Once, I did a round trip to Monterrey from Santa Cruz over a weekend. If any of you are familiar with Monterrey Bay in th afternoon, you will understand when I say I had my Cape Horn rounding experience!
not quite cape horn jajaja but thats exactly where I ripped a jib coming down from halfmoon bay

blows like stink there
 
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