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Motor Size for Catalina 22

Discussion in 'Ask A Catalina Owner' started by Steve Miller, Oct 25, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Steve Miller

    Steve Miller

    Joined Oct 25, 2017
    1 posts, 0 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Redington Beach Florida
    I have a Catalina 22 and am looking to buy a new motor. Berth is in Boca Ciega Bay by St Petersburg Florida. I would like to buy a 6hp Yamaha, but am worried about the power required to get in and out of Johns Pass. Any experience out there?

  2. CloudDiver


    Joined Sep 8, 2014
    2,525 posts, 404 likes
    Catalina 22 Swing Keel
    US San Diego
    Use there search function... there is at least a dozen threads about this in C-22 forum. You'll find the common answer is 6HP longshaft Tohatsu Sailpro. A few others have 9.9hp longshafts. Don't know what the current might be like in Johns Pass, but most people report the 6HP has plenty of umpf to handle whatever the C22 can take. Keep in mind, the SailPro comes with a diff prop than standard shaft 6HP's, it is sized for low end tourque need by a displacement hull rather than high speed for a planning hull.

  3. CaptDon01


    Joined Nov 19, 2008
    2,129 posts, 157 likes
    Catalina C-22 MK-II
    US Parrish, FL
    Good morning Steve Miller,

    Good to see another local C-22 owner. We're down in Manatee County and live near Parrish. I've been around C-22's one way or another for over 30 years, and I've owned 5 C-22's over time. so I got lot's of knowledge and opinions that I've accumulated over the years. I've never had more than 6 HP on a C-22, and never seen the need for anything bigger. Our current C-22 is a wing keeled MK-II and originally had a 5 HP Honda on her. GREAT motor, but my wife couldn't pull the starter cord. So I went with a 6 HP Tohatsu Sail-Pro. After 3 years of a lot of use, the outboard was stolen. The insurance company gave me a bunch of money and I looked at all my options. Decided on another 6 HP Sail-Pro. Just never had any issues with it, I liked the front shifting, and it pull starts so easy it's like someone left the spark plug out. The Sail-Pro comes with an alternator already installed, and has a high thrust prop. It's simply a different design blades, slightly larger diameter, and less pitch, to the outboard runs at a slightly higher RPM at hull speed. There are quite a few C-22 owners in the area, and it would be GREAT to get them together for a raft-up or a weekend trip around the area. There is a very active C-22 group on Facebook. Much more active than the Trailer Sailor site. We're taking a little road trip soon, and I need to get our boat in the marina for a bottom job when we get back so we can get her into the water and start some cruising. Hope to see you out on the water. Attached are some photos of our C-22 out on various adventures.

    MOTOR MOUNT 06.jpg
    Beached along the ICW during one of the annual C-22 North Gulf Coast Cruises,

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    Sailing to Catalina Island in 2015 before we moved to Florida from San Diego

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    Motor sailing out in the Gulf during the 2016 C-22 Fall Cruise

    Sailing under the Mackinaw Bridge while cruising the Great Lakes during the summer of 2016

    C-22's beached during the 2016 North Gulf Coast Cruise near Pensacola FL

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    Sailing out on northern Lake Michigan during the 2016 C-22 Great Lakes Cruise

  4. brockway


    Joined Sep 23, 2016
    22 posts, 9 likes
    Catalina 22
    US Jacksonville
    I've got an 80's 8hp 2 stroke Suzuki on mine. Came with the boat. Probably 60 pounds maybe. It's honestly a little big, I never have to rev it to move the boat leaving the marina and when I do it doesn't move much faster since it's already at hull speed.

  5. One Life

    One Life

    Joined Oct 31, 2017
    16 posts, 9 likes
    Catalina 22
    8728 One Life US Trailered
    I have the Honda 5hp on my 1979 C22 and love it. Starts 1st pull, maybe 2nd if not run for awhile. It's light enough for me to carry solo and is designed to be laid down for transport (I trailer). Don't know about your local currents but on my local lake, if I hold it full throttle I end up getting drenched from the bow splash.

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