Just bought a Catalina 22!

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  1. iamwhatiam


    Joined Apr 16, 2019
    14 posts, 28 likes
    Catalina 22
    Redeemed US Bellingham
    So excited! My first boat...just wanted to share. 1988 Catalina 22 Wing Keel w/trailer & 8hp. I'm new to sailing and after a lot of thought, decided it best to start with a smaller boat to gain experience on first. Thought it was funny, as soon as the seller signed over the title to me at the registration office he said, "You just bought a black hole!" with a big grin on his face. Bring it on! :) sailboat1.jpg sailboat2.jpg sailboat3.jpg

  2. Michael Davis

    Michael Davis

    Joined Jan 5, 2017
    1,207 posts, 648 likes
    Beneteau First 38
    Ca Lyall Harbour Saturna Island
    I agree, a boat is a black hole! May you fill it with many hours of joy!
    Welcome to the forum.

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  3. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,414 posts, 309 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Not to worry. That boat looks to be in great shape. Congratulations, and have fun!

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  4. rpludwig


    Joined May 23, 2016
    708 posts, 367 likes
    Catalina 22 #12502
    US BSC
    Welcome and stick around! He left you two bits of good advice, the second being "no step"! Good looking C22!

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  5. JRT


    Joined Feb 14, 2017
    1,169 posts, 389 likes
    Catalina 310
    211 US Lake Guntersville, AL
    Wing keel 22 with a trailer is pretty neat find. Have fun and keep a positive attitude.

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  6. Grotto


    Joined Feb 18, 2018
    88 posts, 56 likes
    Catalina 22
    Firefly Us Wilmington nc
    Wow!!! Very nice. A C22 (new to owner) on this forum NOT in “she’ll need some TLC” 1000 hours of sanding and some “minor” repairs..... Inconceivable!

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  7. Jim26m


    Joined Apr 3, 2019
    52 posts, 36 likes
    Macgregor 26M
    P Cub Boo US Mobile AL
    Boat and trailer look great. I can't imagine why the PO would make the "black hole" comment. Obviously, he wasn't a true boat guy.

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  8. LakeShark


    Joined Sep 15, 2016
    415 posts, 166 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Minnesota
    Good looking boat and welcome to the forum. What hull # do you have? I too have a Wing keel and i love it. They are more stable and less maintenance than our swing keel friends. Looking at your pictures it appears that you have the upgraded rudder pintles and gudgeons but your motor mount may take a bit of tweaking to get it straight on the handle again. I did not see a mast crutch in the pictures but I highly recommend the telescoping version as it makes raising the mas so much easier. Also I hope the PO did not lose the ends of those turnbuckles on the mast down the road somewhere. In all it looks like a great boat and all boats are a black hole we put money into but then again so are vacations, DVD's, vehicles, and almost every other luxury in life so don't let that discourage you. Best thing to do is rig her up and get out there on the water. You'll figure out the tweaks you want to make along the way.

    Oh and if your new to sailing and C22 may I recommend the Catalina 22 association. They have a tech manual available for purchase with membership that is hundreds of pages long with pictures on how to fix almost everything on the boat. Using the Tech Manual will save you hours of searching online forums for answers and give you some idea that you may not have even thought about.

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  9. Jacktar


    Joined Sep 14, 2014
    784 posts, 351 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Pensacola, Florida
    First of all all boats are money pits but then most things of value are. You invest to enjoy. You will have many hours of joy with this one, just remember it is a sail boat not a solely a project. Lots of advice on the forum for bumps in the road and Catalina Direct for factory parts, doesn't get much better trust me.

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    Joined Sep 24, 2017
    48 posts, 26 likes
    Catalina 22 #14720
    US Cheboygan
    Congrats on a nice looking boat. We also have a 1988 Wing Keel #14720. Good luck and enjoy.

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  11. Ron20324


    Joined Jan 22, 2008
    6,836 posts, 856 likes
    Beneteau 323
    US Annapolis MD
    I'm sure a selling point to the missus is that the white trailer matches the trim on the house . Good one !

  12. iamwhatiam


    Joined Apr 16, 2019
    14 posts, 28 likes
    Catalina 22
    Redeemed US Bellingham
    Thanks! Hull number 4555.
    Yeah, he did make it a point to say to make sure the turnbuckles are screwed on all the way before trailering it. And thanks, will definitely look into the association.

  13. iamwhatiam


    Joined Apr 16, 2019
    14 posts, 28 likes
    Catalina 22
    Redeemed US Bellingham
    The owner before the guy I got it from had left the boat sitting for like 20 years or something. So it didn't get used a lot but the whole hull was black with growth from sitting so long. So he refurbished it and also sandblasted and painted the trailer. I have had several friends who spent all their money on a lemon of a boat, and then never even left the dock because they were always repairing something. I didn't want to do the same. Nice to buy a boat that's turnkey ready

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  14. iamwhatiam


    Joined Apr 16, 2019
    14 posts, 28 likes
    Catalina 22
    Redeemed US Bellingham
    Not my house, but the seller's. I know his neighbors are glad that he's getting the eyesore out of there though lol

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  15. Tom J

    Tom J

    Joined Sep 30, 2008
    1,414 posts, 309 likes
    Catalina 310
    US Quincy, MA
    Eyesore? What eyesore? I think he needs new neighbors.

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  16. Meriachee


    Joined Aug 1, 2011
    3,244 posts, 1,097 likes
    Catalina 270
    CA Wabamun - on the orange ball
    If the boat is in 1/2 as decent shape as that trailer, (excepting the bow line) then it's far from an eyesore.

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  17. greg_m


    Joined May 23, 2017
    545 posts, 225 likes
    Catalina Jaguar 22
    ZA Simons Town
    As we say in South Africa..."No lekker!"

    Something along the lines of a "non-commital - I'm not envious - but - good for you" well done!

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  18. pclarksurf


    Joined Jul 13, 2015
    538 posts, 294 likes
    Catalina 22 #2552
    US Kennewick, WA
    From my black hole to yours: Welcome.. File_002 (3).jpeg

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  19. Hardhead


    Joined Apr 11, 2017
    315 posts, 119 likes
    Catalina C22
    US Solomon's Island, MD
    Congratulations! Good looking boat-

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  20. Gene Neill

    Gene Neill

    Joined Sep 30, 2013
    2,777 posts, 1,372 likes
    C-22, Albin Vega
    US central Florida
    Congratulations! You own a pretty rare model C22, in what looks like exceptionally good condition. You must post more pics when you get her home! :thumbup:

    Your hull number is probably 14555. It's definitely not 4555. If you didn't already know, your model is what Catalina unimaginatively (and unofficially) dubbed the "new design" C22, built between 1987 and 1995. We own #14383. She's also a 1988, nearly identical to yours, except ours is a swing keel.

    A "black hole" ... what a sad thing to feel. Black holes don't radiate joy. A sailboat does. Some people can feel it, some can't. Here's hoping you are one of the lucky ones who can!

    Cheers, and welcome.:beer:

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