north attleboro, ma
10/12/2009 5:40 AM Pacific Time
im planning on taking my boat to down through the keys and to cuba. but the more i work on this boat the more i find flimsy comstruction, even fiberglass is a bit thin especially for an early 70's boat. , im reinforcing chainplates, and spreaders broke yesterday. the mast step seems awfully small as well. has anyone taken one of these boats on a passage like this? or been exposed to open water for extended periods of time. how did she hold up?
South Daytona, Florida
Boat Name: (Working On A Name)
Model/Year: C-22, 1974
Hull No. 2679
Hailing Port: South Daytona, Florida
10/12/2009 7:22 AM Pacific Time
Sean, although the hull is strong, the earlier boats were noted for the lightness, which is why they are sought after by racers.
PHILIP & SHARON MERLIER or FELLSMERE, FLORIDA have sailed to the Bahamas and have posted extensively on this site. Here's one link.
Boat Name: Shady Deal
Model/Year: Catalina 22 1979
Hull No. 8940
Hailing Port: Lake Lanier Ga
12/30/2010 8:57 AM Pacific Time
Why not sell the 72 to someone looking for a racer and buy or trade for a wing keel. There are several areas on the later models that were beefed up.
The mast on later models has flat sides. The old style oval/tear drop is lighter and desired by racers. Hulls are heaver and rigging is stronger.
Let us know how the trip goes.