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Considering buying a 1974 Catalina 22 that needs help

Discussion in 'Ask A Catalina Owner' started by DonStack, Jun 19, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. DonStack


    Joined Jun 19, 2018
    3 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 22
    Us Lake Eustis
    Just saw a Cat 22 for sale. It needs bottom paint. Keel is rusty .Top coat needs electrics, has 4 stroke Nissan.mast raising system. Dry but needs cosmetics Its a project I know. What should I look for? He's asking 3000 comes with sail but no covers

  2. Alansails


    Joined Oct 3, 2011
    604 posts, 92 likes
    Anam Cara Catalina 310 Hull #155
    US Lake Erie/Catawba Island
    Do you want a project or to sail? Lots of projects or Catalina 22' s out there-Seems like a lot for what you would be getting..
    We have friends that bought a C22 and named it "JUSTABUCK" cuz that's what they spent for it.. :)

  3. EditorC22NSA


    Joined Apr 21, 2015
    127 posts, 42 likes
    Catalina 22 Sport #15582
    US Indianapolis
    For starters, check out the Catalina 22 Buyer's Guide available at

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  4. The Shadow Knows

    The Shadow Knows

    Joined Jun 10, 2017
    142 posts, 51 likes
    Catalina 1980 Catalina 30 Mk II
    US South Pasadena / Tampa Bay

    I have to agree with AL on this. Sometimes folks put cost before condition in their buying thought process.
    Many times, they realize it was not their best decision making. A 1974 (44 yr. old) boat judging by the price, is not what I
    would deem the best overall choice.

    $3,000.00 is a cheap price however, you will discover many other issues that create other unseen projects & costs. I bought a "project" boat once because I liked the price however, I ended up paying a higher price in time, effort, & material.
    I then swore to myself that I would NEVER go that route again. It took a full 2 years with very little time to sail.

    Rather than just looking at the cheap price, upgrade your thinking to buying a better conditioned boat to enjoy now.
    This is Just my personal opinion, happy hunting.

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  5. Justin_NSA


    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,259 posts, 1,017 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    I agree with the others. You are going to have to shell out the bucks regardless. Spend it now on a better boat and go sailing.

  6. gdudik


    Joined Oct 25, 2017
    85 posts, 77 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Vancouver, WA
    You can do better than that. I got a 73 c-22 with decent sails, fresh top and bottom paint, a running outboard, and an ugly trailer for $3700. Don’t get me wrong, it still needs work, but it was ready to sail the day I bought it.

  7. mark rocco

    mark rocco

    Joined Apr 3, 2015
    61 posts, 5 likes
    catalina catalina 22
    US Carolina beach NC
    i agree with Justin and the others. Put that money towards a better boat that is ready to sail....there out there . I bought my 1980 with trailer...out board and went sailing that week...$2200 Three years later i still have the boat put money into her but sailing every year..learning more and's pretty amazing how much you can do on your own and still have fun!

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