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Introducing Ourselves and our new-to-us Catalina 22'

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  1. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    I think it's time to properly introduce ourselves and our new-to-us sailboat!

    My name is Amanda (Siren), and I am Douglas' (@ScubaGuy2) first mate. You have been very helpful to us so far, lending advice on our keel, looking over our marine survey, and most recently, how to repair our rudder. :clap:

    We have been searching for our perfect Catalina 22' since September 2017, and in March of this year, we found her online, less than a hundred miles from our home port!!! It almost seemed too good to be true, but after several months, numerous phone conversations and e-mails, and money exchanging hands, we have picked up our beautiful 1984 Catalina 22' sailboat. :dancing:

    A marina was selling the boat on behalf of the daughter of the previous owner who had passed away a few years ago. The online pictures didn't show her in the best light, since she was still in covered, indoor storage. In fact, Douglas' first question over the phone was verifying that the boat would indeed come with a mast, since there were no pictures of one. We were given limited information regarding her history, and didn't want to pry too much given the circumstances of why they were selling. We were in Texas, and the boat was in northern Michigan. It was mid-March, and we wouldn't be in northern Michigan until after Memorial Day. We would be buying this boat, sight unseen, and despite our in depth research and resolve to want a Catalina boat, we had actually never seen one in person. (I should clarify "never seen one in person ABOVE water...several Catalina's have been sunk in old rock quarries for scuba divers to explore, but I digress...:laugh:)

    When we picked her up last week, we were thrilled to learn that she was a one-owner boat! :DThe previous owner bought her brand new back in early 1985, and we have the log books of every sail dating back to her maiden voyage!! This boat has never seen salt water, and has spent it's winters in the same covered, indoor storage building for 34 years. By stroke of luck, we were able to meet and chat with the rigger who set up and launched the boat every year, as well as took care of the maintenance during the off season. He knew the previous owner, and was proud to tell us we were getting a very well cared for boat.

    We have been like kids in a candy shop going through all the sail lockers and lazarettes; lots of "OOOOOOs" and "WOAHs" uncovering an endless treasure trove of sail goodies. We are definitely reaping the benefits of the previous owner's 32 years of sailing, and are so grateful to him. :thumbup:

    What we thought we were getting was:
    - a pretty Catalina 22' sailboat on an extended tongue (that was a nice surprise) trailer
    - a well cared for and working Mariner 5hp outboard
    - the original, but good shape mainsail
    - 150 genoa, still crunchy, with a Schaefer roller furler
    - a very bright red, orange, and yellow Spinnaker with a Forspar Spinnaker Pole, and all the spinnaker rigging

    However, it also included, unbenounced to us:
    - a Forspar Whisker Pole
    - a telescoping boat hook
    - 8 life jackets
    - 4 fenders (2 big 2 small)
    - 4 sailing harnesses
    - 3 anchors
    - 2 winch handles
    - 2 life rings
    - a Windex
    - a Davis Instruments Echo Master radar reflector
    - a ginormous Drogue (sea anchor)
    - a new sail cover and hatch board cover
    - brand new, never been installed original (with typewriter instructions) hatch screen and companionway screen
    - MILLIONs of ropes and lines
    - a first aid kit and fire extinguisher
    - LOTS of tools
    - Tea kettle & other random kitchen items
    - Several compasses, protractors, and laminated charts
    - Log Books for the entire life of the boat

    .....OH.....and ANOTHER BOAT......a 9' Fiberglass Dinghy called "The Dink." :eek: :whoa:

    This is our first sailboat, and we feel incredibly lucky and excited to be her new owners!! :D:D

    So why do 2 people from Texas call their home port northern Michigan? Well, we are actually fulltimers in motorcoach, and have been for the past 5 years. We've traversed many states looking for places we want to return to, and have fallen in love with this area. We are both avid scuba divers and we enjoy being under the water, but we also wanted a way to enjoy the water from above. We've had some sailing experience before, and we really admire the quality of build and classic design of the Catalina 22. There's a saying that "motorhomes is where old sailors go to retire," so if that holds true, we just went the backwards route. :tongue: I know that the rv'ing community and the sailing community share a lot of the same qualities, and we are proud to now belong to both. :dancing:

    We have a boat slip for the summer, and she will be sailed primarily in Lake Charlevoix, MI. Tomorrow will be the first time we step the mast, and hopefully, if all goes well, we will launch her tomorrow afternoon and pray that she floats!! haha....if any of you are in the area, stop by and say hello!! :beer:

    Amanda (Siren) & Douglas (ScubaGuy2)

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  2. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    And here is a peek inside....
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  3. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    These are photos of everything we took out of the boat...
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  4. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    And here are a few pictures of the sails and the outboard motor...
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  5. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    Last, but most certainly not least....the biggest surprise of all....."THE DINK"!!!

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  6. Jacomo Sailor

    Jacomo Sailor

    Joined Feb 11, 2015
    154 posts, 38 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Lake Jacomo
    Congrats! That is a super nice boat. Don't have a clue what you gave for her, but I guarantee it wasn't enough. Don't think you could possibly have found a nicer, more well kept original design C22 anywhere at any price. I love my 84, she is just 42 boats ahead of you, number 12449.

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  7. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,187 posts, 569 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    Did that motor come with the 50 gallon drum?

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  8. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    They say that the "best day of your life" is the day you buy your boat, so I captured the handshake that sealed the deal.


    The very first thing we did after picking up our sailboat, we drove her 10 miles right to a tire store and got new shoes put on the trailer. :thumbup:

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  9. Siren


    Joined Apr 2, 2018
    48 posts, 53 likes
    Catalina 22
    12491 US Lake Charlevoix
    Yes, it was stuffed in one of the compartments.:laugh:

  10. T_Cat


    Joined Aug 8, 2014
    309 posts, 65 likes
    Catalina 22 1987 New Design. 14133 "LadyHawke"
    US Modesto CA
    Great to hear how happy you are! Nice looking 84

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  11. Sacto Dave

    Sacto Dave

    Joined Apr 22, 2016
    147 posts, 37 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Folsom Lake
    Congratulations! Enjoy!

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  12. IDtrucks


    Joined Apr 5, 2018
    77 posts, 26 likes
    Hunter 22
    LIL NELLIE US Jackson
    Holy crap what a score! Congrats!

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  13. greg_m


    Joined May 23, 2017
    368 posts, 134 likes
    Catalina Jaguar 22
    ZA Simons Town
    Thank you for an awesome set of photos about your boat and trailer! Massive inspiration boost for me...:plus:

    Some day I hope my boat will grow up to be a little bit like yours! ;)

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  14. rpludwig


    Joined May 23, 2016
    549 posts, 276 likes
    Catalina 22 #12502
    US BSC
    Congrats for sure!!!

    Looks straight off the showroom floor, the whole enchilada too! (the only thing you may need is an updated fire extinguisher and some fresh gas!!!)

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  15. kloudie1


    Joined Nov 6, 2006
    7,908 posts, 543 likes
    Hunter 34
    US Mandeville Louisiana
    That is a fine looking boat! Congrats!

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  16. JimInPB


    Joined Aug 22, 2017
    962 posts, 268 likes
    Hunter 212 & 170
    us West Palm Beach
    Wow, nice score.

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  17. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,380 posts, 883 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    WOW, that thing is freakin' cherry. Just DAMN.

    I think I may have seen it for sale. Were the photos of it taken in a big warehouse-type buiding, with loose plastic wrap on the boat?

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  18. Jackdaw


    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    8,994 posts, 2,280 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    Nice boat! You could probably make 1/2 of your money back by selling 50% of that stuff that you will never need.

    That looks like about a stack of $6000 of $100 dollar bills! ;^)

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  19. rpludwig


    Joined May 23, 2016
    549 posts, 276 likes
    Catalina 22 #12502
    US BSC
    good u got that OH reg off the boat, those Wolverines don't all take kindly to Buckeyes on their waters!

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  20. John Tubb

    John Tubb

    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    679 posts, 147 likes
    O'Day 25
    US Guntersville, AL
    That is a very nice 22 for sure! Looks like it matches your RV too!

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