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For those to whom price is all-important,--the catalina 22 is appealing but it's lacking in performance..

1978 catalina 22 sailboat

In its 10th anniversary issue in 1980, Sail magazine named the Catalina 22 the boat that had represented the breakthrough in trailer/cruisers in those 10 years. There is no denying the popularity of the Catalina 22: more than 10,000 of the model we review here have been built, and that doesn’t include the Sport models now being sold. For many buyers, the Catalina 22 is their first “big” boat and an introduction to the Catalina line. Many remain with Catalina and buy up within that line.

Catalina is the largest sailboat in the US in dollar volume, and the firm is one of the lasting success stories in the industry. It foregoes national advertising in favor of local dealer-sponsored ads, and has remained a privately owned company while the trend has been toward conglomerate-owned boatbuilding.

Like all manufacturing boatbuilders today Catalina builds boats to a price, making the most of volume buying of materials and hardware, long-lived models, a high degree of standardization, and all the cost savings of high volume production. The Catalina 22 was the first boat built by Catalina.

The Catalina 22 that we are reviewing here was in production from 1969 until 1995, when the Catalina 22 MkII was introduced. During this more than quarter-century of production, several incremental changes were made, with several significant upgrades in 1986, when a wing keel version was introduced.

The boat has been replaced by the Catalina 22 Sport. Introduced in 2004, the Catalina 22 Sport is still in production and it closely adheres to the original boat’s dimensions, and weight.  Although the post-’95 boats have resolved many of the problems we find here in the original, they did so at the expense of a feature that racers admired—a lighter weight hull. So, although it might not have all the improvements of later models, the one we look at here will hold a certain appeal to sailors in areas that are home to active C22’s fleets, as well as to sailors looking to start sailing for under $5K, and aren’t afraid to put a little sweat equity into the boat.

Just as it was when the boat was first introduced, the Catalina 22 is a common landing spot for those who are just beginning to dream of an escape. It is to Catalina’s credit that the 22 continues to sell and continues to be many sailors’ first boat. And perhaps one of the biggest selling points of all, is the broad and consistent support in the form of other owners. There really isn’t anything that can’t be fixed on these boats, and dialed in, they can be fun to sail. One need only drop in on the website for Chip Ford to get an idea of what’s possible with this boat.

Catalina 22


It’s hard to argue with the construction of a boat after 10,000 have been built, but we do. In these early boats the hull-to-deck joint— a plywood reinforced hull flange is joined to the deck with a rigid polyester “slurry” and self-tapping fasteners. This not our idea of ideal construction. The same type of joint is used on larger boats, although we are less concerned because obviously the structure is for a much smaller boat. Larger boats like the Catalina 30 also used this method, and the C30 has enough loyal followers to earn it a spot among our recommended 30-footers from the 1970s.

Catalina 22 has remained essentially unchanged from the day it was introduced in 1969. Only the pivot for the swing keel version was changed about boat #250 and then, according to a Catalina statement, it was done for production purposes. Later a pop-top option was added and now 90% of the boats sold have this feature.

Catalina takes credit for pioneering the one-piece hull liner that has become standard in most high volume small boats. However, it should be noted that the liner is basically a cosmetic component, not a structural member, and the hull must get its strength from the hull laminate and bulkhead reinforcement.

Catalina 22

The swing keel, also chosen by 90% of the buyers, is cast iron and, when retracted, remains substantially exposed (accounting for more than half of the 2′ draft of the shoal draft model). It is a rough 550 lb. iron casting of indifferent hydrodynamic efficiency, but you can order templates for fairing quite easily.

The swing keel is hoisted with a simple reel winch located under a vestigial bridgedeck with its handle passing through a plywood facing. We’d guess that Catalina owners soon become conditioned to its presence, though it can trip those stepping up or down through the companionway.

The drop keel of the Catalina evoked a number of observations from owners in the PS boat owners’ questionnaire. Several note that the keel hangar mounting bolts loosen or seize.  Another reports he had to replace his wire pennant twice. Replacing the pennant requires hoisting the boat high enough to have access to the top of the keel.

As with all Catalina-built boats, decor is a major selling point. The line, including the 22, is attractively appointed. They create a highly favorable impression which has to encourage sales, especially for first time boat buyers.

In fact, the Catalina 22 outside and inside is one of the most visually appealing small boats we have seen. It has enough trim and finish to look pretty. Similarly, her hull and rig, although dated, are well proportioned. It is about her performance and livability that we have the most serious qualms.

Catalina 22


By any objective standard the Catalina 22 is hardly a sprightly performing small boat. There have been too many compromises to performance: trailerability, shoal draft, cockpit space, low cost, and interior accommodations, as well as giving her a placid disposition for novice sailors. The boat needs a genoa jib, a smoother, and more efficient swing or fin keel shape and some hardware of even the most modest go-fast variety. Even then the prognosis is that she will remain a rather tubby boat in an age when much of the fun of boats is in their responsiveness, if not speed.

With almost all the Catalinas having been built with the swing keel, the appeal has been her shallow draft for trailering. Yet even with 2′ of draft with the keel hoisted, the boat has too much draft for beaching. Given the tradeoff in performance, the difficulty of maintenance, and loss of stability, one hopes that indeed buyers of the swing keel 22 have made good use of it for trailering.

The deck of the Catalina 22 is a decidedly unhandy working platform. The sidedecks are narrow and obstructed by jib sheets and blocks. The three shrouds per side effectively block access to the foredeck, and complicate headsail trim and passage of the jib across in tacking. In fact, so difficult is it to go forward on the 22 we recommend getting rid of the lifelines. They are already too low to offer anything but token protection and they anchor near the base of the bow pulpit where they give no protection. Instead, handrails should be installed on the cabin top.

Ironically for a boat as popular as the Catalina, the boat incorporates the most incredible amount of wasted space we have ever seen in a sailboat large or small. In a size where stowage is at such a premium, there is a cavernous unusable space. The entire area under the cockpit and most of the area under the port cockpit seat (except where the gas tank sits) is all but inaccessible. The loss of this space limits stowage to scuttles under the berth bases.

Catalina 22

The convertible dinette which seats only two with elbow room is a vestige of the 22’s design era and the vee berths forward form that combination of bathroom and bedroom that is common on a daysailer of these dimensions. The alternatives, here, have their shortcomings.

The easy solution is to relocate the head to the cockpit when you finally decided to retire for the night.  Otherwise, the settee on the starboard side, and even that berth is shared with the optional galley facility that in use takes up about half the berth area. The Catalina 22s now have a pop-top as standard; most of the cabin top lifts 10″ on four pipe supports. Most owners we have heard from seem to like the system, particularly those in warmer areas. Headroom at anchor is pleasant but we’d rather see room for stowage, sleeping, etc. as well.

One safety point in these older models that is worth raising is the stowage setup for the portable gas tank for a transom-mounted outboard auxiliary. The tank sits on a molded shelf (part of the hull liner) in a seat locker at the after end of the cockpit. This puts a portable gasoline tank inside the cabin.The locker is vented but it is not isolated. This arrangement can allow fuel can to make its way unimpeded to the inaccessible low point right under the cockpit. This design flaw has been corrected in later versions and if you have a boat with this arrangement, we recommend securing all portable tanks above deck until it is fixed.

One of the Catalina’s better features is her cockpit. It is long (7′) and comfortable, a place where the crew can sit with support for their backs, a place to brace their feet, and with room to avoid the tiller. It is unobstructed by the mainsheet that trims to a rod traveler on the stern.


Many boat buyers shop for a boat of this type with price foremost in mind. They probably will get no farther than their local Catalina dealer, where they can get a boat that is the same size and similarly equipped as boats costing far more. It’s apt to be a boat identical to many of those sailing on the same waters. Better still, they are more than likely to have sailing friends who not only have (or had) a Catalina but belong to one of the most widespread and active owners’ class associations in the sport. The whole package has a powerful appeal, especially to a newcomer seeking moral support.

For performance, accommodations and even construction they might do better at a higher price, but with Catalina’s proven staying power through decades of change, they understandably turn to the 22.

At a weight of about 2,500 lbs. loaded for the road plus a trailer, the Catalina 22 can be hauled by most cars. If anything but a jaunt to the boat ramp is envisioned, however, it’s big enough to recommend SUV with a trailer package.



Still a useful review! FWIW, I was shopping for a Catalina 22 Sport at the Annapolis Boat Show last fall and Catalina was saying that they were close to $50,000 with common options and the wait time for a new one was 6 months. I realize that this is a small boat in the range of what is on the market at that boat show, but my goodness, were those sales people blasé about selling a boat to me. Ended up with a 5 yo boat for about half that much money. Unfortunately, she is still on the hard until spring in the Chesapeake!

Nice review of the Catalina 22. Out first boat was a Capri 22, which I was told was the “hot” version of the Catalina 22. It has a deep draft keel (6-7’?) and out-pointed every other boat on the lake. We slept aboard once….no fun!

This is a totally misleading article, focused entirely on exaggerated flaws. This article should really be written by someone who has actually owned a C22, and spent more than a cursory time sailing one. IMO, they’re great boats, and a ton of fun can be had with one – but only if the self-gratifying snobbism is left at the dock. The boat is squarely in the sweet spot of carrying costs and sailing fun.

These are great boats for beginners and sailors that want an uncomplicated boat to day sail and overnight on. I have taught ASA beginner classes on the C22. Also one of the popularities of this boat that was not touched on in this article is it’s one design racing class. Large fleets continue to turn out for weekend and national regattas.

No mention is made of stepping the mast. At 77 years of age and somewhat physically fit can I handle it?

Thanks, Bill Tucker

If the C22 is without a roller furler on the jib – stepping the mast is pretty light work. Check YouTube for videos on mast stepping a C22 – there are many good tricks and techniques to be learned. It can be stepped very easily by 2 people, or even just 1 person with a small bit of experience. On boats with a roller furler, stepping the mast is still not hard, but the roller furler acts like a 100 lb wet noodle, so it adds a bit of planning. I have a roller furler – but still, with the proper tricks, it can be done alone. Don’t be discouraged by this article – and I should add, almost all of the criticisms made only apply to the very early models, and the C22 additionally underwent a substantial redesign in 1986. Personally, between the 2, I favor the post 1986 boats, known as the “New design.”

IMO, it’s the best bang for the buck in sailing. It’s no small pleasure to know that as you enjoy the same wind, water and sun as the larger boats, you’re spending thousands less a season than literally everyone else. I could afford a larger boat, but for me – the smaller the boat, the bigger the experience one gets out of it. I’m in it for the love of being on the water. If you’re interested – check out the C22. https://forums.sailboatowners.com/forums/catalina-22.59/

i have a 2005 Sport I’ve owned since new. I’m old and gray, but yes, it’s doable to raise and lower the mast (I have hank on sails). I had a fella build me an folding A-frame that helps. I use the vang and jib halyard, attached at the top of the A-frame, to “lever” the mast up and down under control. I can also use the A-frame with my trailer winch and the halyard.

I love my Sport. Racing is getting behind me, so I’ve “comforted” it up a bit. I have a bimini (installed backwards so it folds forward out of the way for docking and getting underway). I added a “downhaul” retriever line up by the headstay. I attach the line to my genoa/jib so when it’s time to douse, I just “haul the sail down”. That holds it to deck, with the sheets pulled back safely, so that I don’t have to go forward. Winches were moved to the cabin top (helps with halyards, led aft), with ratchet turning blocks at the old winch locations. I can usually hand trim using the ratchet action. Only heavier winds require the winches. Backstay is partial spectra line for adjustment, and the traveler has controls in the cockpit.

I can single hand it all day.

I think the review was pretty harsh. These boats hold up well and sail to their rating. And the OD Class is awesome.

With a chain and a pulley using the main halyard, yes.

Fun to read this review. My parents got one in the mid-’70s and I “inherited” her. My wife and I spent our honeymoon cruise on her, later we packed our 3 kids and a dog in there for a 5-day cruise, and then I fixed her up again for a 25th anniversary honeymoon-reprise cruise. Not a fast boat, but to learn to sail and cruise? Perfect. And growing up cruising in such tight accommodations made the trimaran I have now gravitated towards (a reaction to sailing slowly?) quite tolerable. A perfect starter-boat. Mast-raising is easy if done carefully and slowly with appropriate gin-pole and some “baby-stay” guy wires: the trick is to get the baby-stays to rotate around the same point as the mast-base so they are tight all the way up. Or to have some help keeping the mast straight during raising.

The review does focus on many negatives, but missed the wicked weather-helm under some conditions. It took me years to realize I could simply move the center-of-effort aft by raising the swing-keel some, which helped immensely, despite seeming counter-intuitive (raise the keel to help upwind performance in high-wind conditions? Huh?). Don’t be scared off, but do inspect, for eg, the plywood cores for saturation and rot on older boats, and for signs of separation of the deck from the hull at the bow: I installed a turnbuckle from foredeck to the bow-ring to take the forestay tension when I fixed ours up. Cheers all.

That’s a great tip about the swing keel – makes perfect sense. A minor adjustment can make a difference in that regard.

Way back in about 1978 or so I made a new friend, Tony, that had purchased a Catalina 22 and was docked a few slips away from my dock, at the time, on lake Ontario at Wilson Boatyard in Wilson, NY, I was living on my new Challenger Ketch. Early one nite I noticed Tony on his Catalina 22. Tony was about 60 years old and knew almost nothing about sailing. We talked and he asked me to teach him how to sail his new 22″. We practiced sailing almost every nite with the evening offshore wind. He eventually got up enough confidence and courage to sail across Lake Ontario to Toronto Harbor on the North shore of the Lake where he and his 3 lady guest stayed on the boat and in a motel for a few days. Tony loved his Cataliona 22′.

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Catalina 22

This pint-sized daysailer and family weekender packs a lot of sailing into a small package

1978 catalina 22 sailboat

Met with runaway success, Catalina Yachts launched the Catalina 27 and shortly thereafter the Catalina 30. By February 1975, Butler’s projected construction of 100 Catalina 22s had been exceeded, with an astonishing 5,000 hulls in the water. 

The original Mk I sloop had a cast-iron swing keel, making it ideal for trailering, but Butler soon offered a fin-keel option for those planning to keep their boats in the water throughout the season.

The swing keel was most popular among trailersailors who purchased the Mk I at such a pace it was difficult for the company to keep up with the demand. By September 1980, production of Catalina 22s had reached 10,000 and the hulls were being cranked out at the company’s East and West Coast plants, in England, Australia and Canada. In Australia, the boat became known as the Boomaroo 22 and in Europe was marketed as the Alacrity 22 or Jaguar 22.

The Mk II version, sometimes referred to by the Catalina 22 National Class Association as the New Design, was introduced in 1986, starting with hull No. 13,143. Its eight-year production run lasted through 1994. 

The Mk II featured the latest building materials, a longer cabintrunk, a more modern and spacious interior and an optional wing keel. It had an enlarged deck and the exterior teak was eliminated. It was also heavier than the Mk I and eight inches beamier.

Catalina 22 purists complained because the boat’s weight had increased by hundreds of pounds and made its owners less apt to participate in one-design racing. But the Mk II has since found its niche among cruisers and daysailors. 

The Mk III was launched in 1995 with hull No. 15,344 and regained characteristics of the original Catalina 22. The Mk III also featured a swing keel made from lead encased in fiberglass. A sales slowdown affecting the Mk III was evident since less than 1,000 were made before it ceased production 2010. 

In 2004, the company released the Catalina 22 Sport, starting with hull No. 15,540. The Sport model has the same hull and similar weight of the earlier 22s, so it can race in one-design fleets. Its deck and interior are in line with contemporary design, the cockpit roomy and the interior comfortable. 

The Sport remains in production and hull No. 15,768 was shipped in late summer 2015 to the Freedom Boat Club. (For price comparison’s sake, a used Mk II might sell for $6,000,  but a 2013 Sport could command nearly $25,000. However, the Sport was not included in this used boat analysis because the earliest hulls are barely 12 years old.)

Catalina Yachts has been steered since its inception by Butler and longtime friends Gerry Douglas and Sharon Day. According to Douglas, the Catalina 22 was designed as a family cruiser equipped with a mainsail and 110% jib. Racers wanted more, so a 150% jib was added to the inventory.

The Catalina 22 became one of the most popular sailboats ever built and active fleets dot the country on lakes, rivers and oceans.

“The Catalina can be easily fixed and parts are available, no matter how old the boat,” Douglas said. “They’re excellent project boats, easy to sail, and they’re affordable.”

Richard and Denise Fox of Indianapolis, Indiana, authors of a book on the C22’s history, contend the boat is also popular because of those who sail them. “It’s an inviting class that encourages couples and kids,” Richard Fox said.

Chip Ford of Marblehead, Massachusetts, who has lovingly restored his 1974 Mk I Chip Ahoy, praised the swing-keel design after running aground on a mud bank. 

“I just raised the keel and backed off,” said Ford, publisher and technical editor of Mainbrace, a Catalina 22-focused publication. “I’m a cruiser and I’ve been in bad weather with some precarious moments, but the boat is comfortable, sturdy and seaworthy. It has proven itself on several occasions.”

First impressions

The Catalina 22 is a compromise in most respects, which shows in its practical appearance. There’s no dramatic sheer, no graceful overhangs, no sleek deck layout. And that’s exactly what designer Frank Butler intended. It’s a simple boat providing the basic essentials for first-time sailors or budget-strapped families looking to daysail, weekend cruise or maybe join a racing fleet.


Despite its small size, the C22 is built like a beast; the solid hull is hand-laid fiberglass, the deck a fiberglass sandwich with wood core. The interior is made from a one-piece pan liner, an idea Butler learned from Lockheed, which used the process when building its airplanes. 

“You won’t find a better built boat for the money,” said Bill Brooker, an ASA instructor at Sara Bay Sailing in Longboat Key, Florida, where C22s are part of the school’s fleet. 

What to look for

Like most any older boat, delamination is always possible from water intrusion in the deck, so check for bulges, discoloration and loose hardware. The aluminum-trimmed windows tend to leak. Some of the earliest C22s had plywood stringers that could be prone to rot. Boats made after 1976 have beefier masts and larger gauge standing rigging. The cable and pivot pins on the swing keel may need replacement due to wear from side-to-side movement. The spring that provides tension for the clutch on the keel winch may also require attention. Inspect the hull for damage if the boat had been trailered extensively. If the model has a pop-top coachroof, examine the gasket for wear or deterioration. Owners report that the cockpit scuppers are slow to drain and many have installed additional scuppers on the transom.

The mast is supported by one set of spreaders, one set of upper shrouds and two sets of lower shrouds. There’s no halyard winch. The portlights don’t open, but a forward hatch provides ventilation. On the Mk II, the solid fiberglass hatch was changed to smoked acrylic.

While not exactly a walkaround deck, there’s enough space to tiptoe from the cockpit to the foredeck. The jib car tracks are short, which limits the ability to fine tune the sail trim. Small jib sheet winches are bolted on the cockpit coaming to either side of the companionway. There’s an adjustable, transom-mounted mainsheet traveler. On original C22s, the foresail is hanked on unless a roller furling system has been installed.

The companionway has three hatch boards. The sloop has tiller steering and a roomy cockpit for its size. A lazarette offers storage and contains a bilge pump with a handle accessible from the cockpit. Boarding ladders were optional. 

For a 22-foot boat, it’s surprisingly spacious belowdecks, although headroom can be a challenge. In 1973, Catalina introduced the pop top, basically a device that lifts the coachroof on four stainless legs. The pop top increases headroom from 4 feet, 4 inches  to 5 feet, 7 inches. 

Depending on the model, the C22 will have a one- or two-burner stove,  a small stainless sink, icebox or portable ice chest, storage drawer, dinette table to port, settee to starboard, and a porta potty. A plumbed marine head was installed on some MkIIs, which can be curtained for privacy. The boat can sleep four but conditions will be cramped. 

The mast relies on a compression post installed to port in the cabin. Some storage is available under the settee. The earliest boats had no anchor locker but this was changed on later models with a bulkhead installed to separate the V-berth. 

“It’s a simple boat to sail and you don’t need an army, just a crew of two,” said Will Robertson, who sails his 1971 Mk I The Blind Hog out of the Privateer Yacht Club in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “The earliest 22s are the lightest and fastest, although the later boats are more comfortable.” 

Brooker said the C22 requires less muscle to handle than other learn-to-sail boats. 

“The boat sails best in light-to-medium air,” he said. “On boats with the swing keel, we’ve found that using a smaller jib helps balance the boat.”

It’s no surprise that the fin keel model points more efficiently than the wing keel.

The outboard engine is mounted to the transom, which is typically a 3.5-horsepower Tohatsu a connected to a portable 6-gallon fuel tank or a small propane tanks. 

Daysailer, club racer and weekend cruiser, the versatile Catalina 22 is well-suited to the new sailor, those stepping up from dinghy sailing, or young families on limited budgets hoping to get out on the water.

1978 catalina 22 sailboat

SAILING’s Value Guide

(5-star rating system)

PRICE: The price of a used Catalina 22 typically ranges from just over $4,000 to more than $15,000 for the original Mk I and later Mk II and Mk III models. The inclusion of a trailer can influence the asking price, as can condition and year of the outboard engine.   ★★★ ½

DESIGN QUALITY:   Easy to sail and maintain, Catalinas last a long time. Although the Mk II was roomier and heavier than the Mk I, the Catalina 22  boats are built on the same hull.  ★★★ ½

CONSTRUCTION QUALITY: The hull is hand-laid fiberglass, and the deck a fiberglass sandwich with plywood core. The hull-to-deck joint is fastened with screws and adhesives. The interior is molded fiberglass liner.  The standing rigging is stainless steel. The mast is aluminum.  ★★★

USER-FRIENDLINESS: The Catalina 22 is known as an easy boat to sail, which is why they’re often found at sailing schools. Relatively small in size with manageable sailplan, the boat is frequently sought out by those moving up from dinghy sailing or purchasing a first sailboat.  ★★★

SAFETY:   The Catalina 22 has many safe characteristics, although owners have complained the cockpit scuppers are undersized. Boats built prior to 1977 had lighter gauge rigging and weaker masts. Side decks and lifelines make moving to the foredeck safe.   ★★★

TYPICAL CONDITION:   Catalina 22s are often found in excellent condition since many are trailerable and sailed in freshwater. Blistering prevalent on earlier models is seldom found on hulls made after the mid-1980s due to improvements in construction technology.  ★★★

REFITTING:   Refitting a Catalina 22 is easy because Catalina Yachts and independent national vendors such as Catalina Direct have available parts.  ★★★

SUPPORT: Catalina Yachts can be reached at www.catalinayachts.com . Additional information is on the Catalina National Sailing Association website, www.catalina22.org . Parts can be ordered from Catalina Direct www.catalinadirect.com, a reliable parts supplier that is not part of Catalina Yachts. Retrofitting information is available at www.chipford.com .   ★★★

AVAILABILITY: More than 15,000 Catalina 22s have been built since 1969 but only 10 were on the domestic used-boat market in late 2015.   ★★ ½

INVESTMENT AND RESALE:  The Catalina 22 holds its value and boats in good condition are in demand. Models built in the early 1970s can still fetch more than $4,000.  ★★★ ½


LOA  21’6”; LWL 19’4”; Beam 7’8”; Draft (swing keel down) 5’; (swing keel up) 1’8”; Displ. 2,490 lbs.; Ballast 800 lbs.;  Sail area 205 sq. ft.

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1978 catalina 22 sailboat

Catalina 22

The catalina 22 is a 21.5ft masthead sloop designed by frank v. butler and built in fiberglass by catalina yachts since 1969., 15000 units have been built..

The Catalina 22 is a light sailboat which is a good performer. It is stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a day-boat.

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The Catalina 22 is the most commercially successful sailboat of all time and is one of the 5 inaugural members of the American Sailboat Hall of Fame.  Frank Butler of Catalina Yachts  designed the Catalina 22, which was Catalina’s first production boat.  Since 1969, Catalina Yachts has built and sold over 16,000 Catalina 22s.  Catalina continues to manufacture this boat to meet continued sprightly demand.  Continued market demand and production of a family cruiser and racer of this size contrasts with the next two models up in Catalina’s line, the Catalina 25  and the Catalina 27, which are no longer produced.

The Catalina 22 is an excellent day sailer, racer, and weekender.  She has classic Catalina lines and port light configuration that many sailors find timeless.  Although Catalina has updated the Catalina 22 throughout its production run, early boats remain modern-looking and attractive by today’s standards.  Many sailors will prefer the lines of the earlier boats over the lines of the most recent.  With its light displacement and available swing keel, the Catalina 22 can truly be considered a trailer-sailer by any modern standard.

Catalina 22 Racing

Unlike many builders of sailboats available on the used boat market today, Catalina remains in business, and continues to manufacture and source parts for the Catalina 22.  Catalina 22 owners benefit from  Catalina Direct , which makes buying many  Catalina 22 specific parts  very convenient.  As an aside, it’s worth noting that Catalina Direct is a dealer for Catalina Yachts and is not run by Catalina, the manufacturer.  With the vast majority of Catalina 22s still afloat, the boat has a huge user base and a very active owners’ association with racing, the Catalina 22 National Association .  Many owners of the Catalina 22 report that the plethora of information available from other owners, that the manufacturer was still in business, that a version of the boat continues to be manufactured, and that spare parts were readily available, were key points influencing their decision to purchase a Catalina 22.


Catalina produced the original Catalina 22, called the Mark I, until 1995.  In 1973, a fin keel was offered in addition to the swing keel.  In 1976, a stronger heavier mast was introduced.  In 1986, Catalina introduced the “New Design”, which saw revisions to the rigging but not to the sail dimensions, aluminum trimmed port lights replaced with smoked plexiglass, interior layout changes, addition of a separate fuel locker and battery compartment, moving the forward hatch aft of the foredeck to the cabin house, and addition of an anchor locker.  In 1988, a wing keel option was offered in addition to the swing and fin keels.  In 1995, Catalina introduced the Catalina 22 Mark II, which included revisions to the hull above the waterline, cabin house and port lights, interior layout, pop-top, and offered additional interior options.  In 2004, Catalina introduced the Catalina 22 Sport.   For the Catalina 22 Sport, Catalina redesigned nearly the entire boat except for the hull, keel, rudder, and sail plan, which were left the same so that these boats could compete in one-design racing.

Catalina introduced an additional 22 footer, the Catalina Capri 22, in 1984. This boat has a different underbody from all of the above Catalina 22 boats and is not eligible for Catalina 22 one-design racing.  Catalina continues to manufacture this boat, today called the Catalina 22 Capri .


Catalina 22 Sailing

The build quality of the Catalina 22 is good for its intended purpose as a daysailer and weekender for inland and protected waters.  The hull is solid hand-laid fiberglass.  Some Mark I models had plywood stringers, which can rot.  The deck is fiberglass sandwich with a plywood core.  The hull-to-deck joint is Catalina’s preferred shoebox design, but only fastened with screws and chemical adhesive which are sufficient for the boat’s intended cruising grounds.  Interior fit and finish is excellent for this size and class of production boat.  The interior is a molded fiberglass liner.  Interior woodwork is an attractive and durable marine ply with teak veneer with some solid teak pieces for structural loading.

All standing rigging is stainless steel.  Catalina 22s built before 1977 had a lighter, weaker mast, and lighter gauge standing rigging.  These early boats were not designed to carry a headsail greater than a 110%.  A few of these earlier boats suffered mast failures when carrying a larger genoa. In 1978, Catalina fixed this issue on all new Catalina 22s by installing a stronger, heavier mast and heavier gauge rigging that could support the greater loads associated with larger headsails.

Minor blistering was an issue on some earlier Catalina 22s, which was a common issue for boats manufactured during that period.  Hull blistering issues are hit and miss, with some Catalina 22 owners reporting never having any.  Due to the long production run and improvement of fiberglass technology during this time, blistering issues were reduced in each successive year, and were nearly non-existent by the mid-1980s.

As with all early Catalina boats that had aluminum trimmed port lights, leaking is a common problem.  Catalina Direct offers a Catalina 22 specific  kit to reseal these port lights.

On Mark I boats, the electrical panel was installed on the side of the aft dinette seat where it can be damaged by kicking when moving about the cabin and by water intrusion between the hatch boards.  Some owners install kick plates over the electrical panel to protect the switches.  Due to the relatively simple electrical systems on the boat, moving the electrical panel to a better location is only a small project.  For the New Design, Catalina moved the panel to the shelf in the port side of the hull.  Catalina moved the panel again for the Mark II model, placing it beneath the companionway steps, which returned it to the same location issues as the Mark I boats have.

Early Catalina 22s came from the factory with through-hull plumbing fittings secured only by single hose clamps, instead of two.  This is of course easy to fix if not done already.  Early boats also had gate valves installed for through-hulls, which was common at that time.  Gate valves should be replaced with proper seacocks.

Catalina 22 Rig and Hull Profile, Swing Keel Model

The Catalina 22 is a masthead sloop with a sail-area-to-displacement ratio of around 18 (depending on keel), which puts her traditionally in a medium-cruiser class.  The mast is deck stepped with a compression post below decks to support the mast.  The mast is supported by one set of spreaders and one set of upper shrouds, and two sets of lower shrouds.

Some Catalina 22s came equipped from the factory with boom vangs, while others did not.   Catalina 22 specific boom vang kits are available from Catalina Direct.  All boats came with an adjustable mainsheet traveler.  The jib car tracks are very short, but this is not likely an issue for the vast majority of sailors who will rarely adjust the location of their jib cars anyway.  A small winch and clutch is installed on each cockpit coaming to manage jib sheets. No halyard winches were installed from the factory, but clutches were typically installed at the aft end of the cabin house so as to be accessible from the cockpit.

Catalina has deliberately never changed the dimensions of the rig during the entire production run so that any Catalina 22 regardless of year can compete in Catalina 22 one-design racing.


Catalina 22 Fin Keel, On Jack Stands For Maintenance

The vast majority of Catalina 22s were delivered with a swing keel.  Over the production run, Catalina introduced two additional keel options, a fixed fin and a fixed wing.  The fin keel has a draft of 3′ 6″ and provides 765 lbs. of ballast.  The wing keel has a draft of 2′ 6″ and provides 708 lbs. of ballast.

The Catalina 22 swing keel warrants its own discussion.  On earlier boats, the swing keel was cast iron and in later boats, cast lead. Beginning with the Mark II model, all swing keels were encapsulated in fiberglass.  The swing keel weighs 452 lbs. and serves as all of the ballast for the boat. The heavy weight of this swing keel prevents many of the annoying banging noises associated with unballasted swing keels. The keel can be raised by way of a simple and reliable manual winch system located below the companionway steps. Little effort is required to operate the winch.

Catalina 22 Wing Keel, On Lift

The swing keel pivots from a down position to an aft-and-up position on a 1” diameter cast bronze rod hung between stout cast bronze hangers mounted to the underside of the hull. When down, the keel provides a 5′ draft, which is very deep for a boat of this size.  When the keel is fully raised to its horizontal position, the Catalina 22 has a draft of only 2′, which is of course handy for gunkholing or if the water gets shallow when exploring. In the event of a grounding, the keel gently swings back and away rather than getting damaged or causing damage to the hull as can happen with fixed keels and vertically lifting (not swing) keels.  When the swing keel on the Catalina 22 is fully lowered, the keel orientation is high aspect and has a symmetrical foil shape, similar to modern race boats, so that the boat points to weather extremely well and tacks on a dime. When completely raised, only a small part of the keel is enveloped in the hull, with the rest protruding. Therefore when the keel is fully raised, the keel orientation is very low aspect, making for nearly a full keel configuration, enabling the boat to track well with little helm attention, even when sailing downwind.

Catalina 22 Swing Keel Raised, Fixed Rudder

Catalina recommends that Catalina 22 swing keel hardware be inspected every two years if in a salt water environment, and allows for longer if in fresh water. However, some owners in fresh water environments report never inspecting their swing keels after thirty years of use and have no problems.  Catalina also recommended a retrofit be performed on earlier Catalina 22s to reduce the side-to-side movement of the keel along the pivot pin, which could cause the keel to wear through the pin.  If not already done, owners should perform or have this retrofit performed.  A retrofit kit is available from Catalina Direct.

Despite the early swing keels being cast iron, Catalina did not typically install a sacrificial anode on Catalina 22s at the factory.  Catalina 22s should have a sacrificial anode installed, especially if in salt water, although owners of fresh water boats without sacrificial anodes have reported little corrosion.   Sacrificial anode kits , including the drill bit necessary to go through the cast iron, are available from Catalina Direct.  Catalina 22s produced from 1995 onward had the cast iron keel encapsulated in fiberglass, which further reduced potential corrosion issues.

The Catalina 22 has a transom hung rudder commanded by a tiller.  Mark I boats came with a kick-up rudder that may avoid damage if grounded, and can also be secured up when in shallow waters using the factory-installed rudder rigging.  New Design and later, boats were delivered with a solid rudder instead of the kick-up model.  The solid rudder can provide better sailing performance but can be damaged when the keel is raised in shallow waters because the rudder extends beyond the depth of the raised keel.


Catalina 22, Note Deep Forefoot and Beamy, Flat Bottom Aft (Courtesy sail-race.com)

The Catalina 22 has a very flat canoe body and beam carried well aft resulting in excellent initial stability, and low wetted-surface area contributing to speed.  The boat has a relatively deep forefoot, which prevents the flat body aft from pounding.  Catalina 22s are stiff, and if knocked down, right themselves quickly.  The swing keel is the least ballasted of the boats and is the most tender.  The fin keel is the most ballasted and most stable version.

All three keel configurations sail well on any point of sail.  Catalina 22 owners consistently refer to the boat as “forgiving”.  The swing keel performs the best to windward due to its deep and high-aspect orientation when lowered.  Due to its extremely low-aspect when raised, the swing keel can also perform the best running with the wind.  The fin keel performs better on all points of sail than the wing keel.

The Catalina 22 easily achieves hull speed in light-medium airs.  Many Catalina 22 owners report preferring to reef when winds reach above 10 knots, while others report never reefing even with much higher wind speeds.  The boat has a tendency to round up into the wind when over canvassed, which can count as a safety feature.

Unlike smaller day sailers, the cockpit of the Catalina 22 provides a very secure and dry ride.  The cockpit is large (larger than its bigger sister, the Catalina 25 ) with a moderately deep sole and wide benches.  Leaning against the bulkhead at the forward end of the benches provides an excellent lounging position facing aft.  The coamings are moderately high, which add to a sense of security when seated.  The benches are long enough for sleeping when overnighting or weekending.

On Mark I boats, the cockpit sole slopes forward so that scuppers are necessarily located at the forward end of the cockpit.  On any boat with cockpit scuppers located in the sole, keeping the scuppers free from debris, especially when the boat is not being used, is a common maintenance concern.  Clogged scuppers can lead to cockpit flooding in heavy precipitation, and eventually flooding below decks.  The scuppers drain through plumbing connected to a y-fitting and then a through-hull fitting beneath the companionway steps.  Catalina Direct offers a kit to install additional scuppers in the transom of the boat to aid the factory installed scuppers.  With the New Design, Catalina began installing scuppers that drain through the transom.

Beneath the port cockpit bench is a relatively large lazarette, accessible from a hatch at the aft end of the port bench.  The lazarette is not big enough for sail storage but works well for storing lines, bumpers, and other equipment.  On Mark I models, this lazarette also functions as a fuel locker, which is functional because the locker is not open to the interior of the boat or the bilge.  The lazarette is vented to the outside by cowlings on the side deck.  The sole of the lazarette slopes downward to forward so that fuel fumes can accumulate in the lazarette.  Some Mark I owners report that fuel fumes can seep through the bulkhead at the forward end of the lazerette into the cabin.  For the New Design, Catalina improved this design so that the fuel tank was separated from the lazarette and vented to the cockpit.  Some Catalina 22s came equipped with a manual bilge pump mounted in the port lazarette, with the pump handle accessible from the cockpit.

A boarding ladder hung from the transom on the starboard side was optional.  While boarding ladders are an easy fit to most any boat, a Catalina 22 specific boarding ladder is available from Catalina Direct.

Moving forward from the cockpit, the side decks are necessarily narrow.  For a boat of this size, the side decks are excellent.  Many boats of this size eliminate side decks all together, especially newer designs, requiring sailors to cross over the cabin house to access the foredeck, which is disastrous in appearance.  Butler maintained the boat’s good lines and proportions by keeping side decks, even if narrow.  Some owners remove their lifelines, which generally looks attractive, and in this case makes moving along the side decks easier.  Considering the limited effectiveness of the lifelines due to their low height, their removal may add to safety aboard on any Catalina 22 unless small children will be aboard.  Due to the size of the boat, there is always some rigging to hold within arms’ reach.

Catalina 22 Mark I With Foredeck Hatch Raised

The foredeck is a good size for managing a foresail and includes a sufficiently secure bow pulpit.  On Mark I boats, there is a large hatch in the center of the foredeck, which opens to the v-berth below.  On New Design boats, this hatch was moved aft to the forward end of the cabin house, which improves the foredeck for sail handling.  On Mark II boats, this hatch was changed from solid fiberglass to smoked plexiglass.  Due to the rising sheer line of the forward end of the deck, the plywood core in the foredeck is prone to rot if the watertightness of the foredeck fittings is not maintained.  Many owners have addressed rotted cores with various techniques that involve removing the rotted core from below decks.  Addressing this issue from below leaves no adverse blemishes on the foredeck.

Mark I Catalina 22s have no anchor locker.  Many Mark I boats are fitted with an anchor holder mounted on the bow pulpit.  For any Catalina 22 not already outfitted with one, anchor holders are available from Catalina Direct.  Catalina introduced an anchor locker with the New Design.

Catalina 22 New Design, Looking Forward from the Companionway

The Catalina 22 has Catalina’s traditional wide companionway with three hatch boards.  With the hatch boards removed, the interior of the boat is greatly opened.  This companionway is an excellent place to stand while under sail from which all operations of the boat can be observed and guests in the cockpit tended with food and beverages.

Headroom is limited at 4′ 4″, which owners report is great for their children.  In 1973, Catalina began offering the pop-top as an option, which swings up on 4 stainless steel struts and increases headroom to 5′ 7″.  Catalina modified the pop-top for the Mark II model, replacing the struts with a hinge at the forward edge, making it easier to raise.

Catalina 22 New Design Layout

Below decks, there is a wide but short v-berth forward with a removable central insert at the aft end.  On Mark I, New Design, and Mark II boats, beneath the central insert is a large storage area open to the salon.  Many owners keep port-a-potties in this space and some install marine heads.  Some Catalina 22s were delivered from the factory with marine heads installed in this space.  Also beneath the v-berth are two smaller storage areas.  The aft end of the v-berth can be enclosed with the factory-installed curtains, which offers some privacy if used as a head area.

On the New Design models, there is an icebox to port a centerline sink between the aft end of the v-berth and the forward dinette seat back.  To starboard there is a two burner stove and a drawer beneath.  Some owners remove this stove, leaving a deep shelf for storage.

Catalina 22 New Design, Looking Aft from V-berth, Dinette Table Lowered

Aft to starboard is a settee long enough for sleeping.  On the Mark I models, aft to port is the dinette, which can seat two adults and two children.  Outboard of the starboard settee, and the dinette to port, are shelves built into the hull.  There is storage beneath the starboard settee, the dinette seats if on the Mark I model, and the port settee if on the Mark II model.  On the Mark II model, the port settee continues aft beneath the cockpit, making the port settee long enough for sleeping.  Aft of the starboard settee is the “Captain’s Quarter Berth”, which is uncomfortable as a berth due to low headroom.  Most owners use this space for storing whisker poles, boat hooks, camp stoves, oars, and similar long and flat gear, or mounting radios and other equipment.  The aft most end of this quarter berth is accessible from a hatch in the cockpit.

Catalina 22 Mark I Slide-out Galley

For Mark I and Mark II boats (but not the New Design boats), Catalina offered a galley that would slide out from under the quarter berth for use.  On Mark I models, the slide-out galley included a sink, two burner stove, icebox, and storage drawer.  On Mark II models, the galley was smaller, and only included a sink and single burner stove.  The icebox was moved to and became an integral part of the companionway steps.

For the Mark II models, Catalina made the interior more spacious by widening the hull above the water line and widening the interior by 10″.

Catalina 22 Mark II, Hinged Pop-top Raised, Optional Cover Installed


The Catalina 22 has no opening port lights, but none are necessary.  Ventilation on the Catalina 22 is excellent.  The large forward hatch funnels air into the cabin when under sail.  At the dock, owners report that a box fan can be placed in this hatch to effectively force air throughout the cabin.  The pop-top opens the entire salon dramatically. The large companionway contributes to this openness as well.


The Catalina 22 is powered by an outboard motor hung on the port side of the transom on an adjustable mount.  Long shaft motors are preferred.  A 5 h.p. motor is more than adequate for pushing the boat even in rough conditions.  Many owners report having Catalina 22s equipped with less powerful motors without issue.

Catalina 22 On Trailer

With a maximum displacement of 2490 lbs. or less depending on keel model, the Catalina 22 is easily pulled without a powerful truck as a tow vehicle.  The light weight also enables the Catalina 22 to use a single axle trailer, although the trailer wheels should be of the 5-lug type.  The swing keel and relatively flat bottom also mean that many powerboat trailers can be easily modified to support the Catalina 22.


Catalina 22 Towed By Motorcoach

Catalina 22s can be found on the used boat market typically ranging anywhere in price from $2,000 to $22,000, mostly depending upon age and condition, installed equipment and upgrades, and whether or not a trailer is included in the sale. However, derelict project boats occasionally pop-up for much less. Due to the ubiquity of the Catalina 22, it is always easy to find one for sale on Craigslist, Sailboat Listings, Sailing Texas, and other venues, and there are a plethora on Yacht World. If shopping for a Catalina 22, make sure all swing keel maintenance has been performed or be prepared to do it. Check early boats with aluminum trimmed windows for leaks, which was common but easily repairable. Check for foredeck core rot, stringer rot, and hull blistering, which were hit and miss problems on earlier boats. Otherwise, there is nothing special to consider with these boats that you would not for any other boat.

Special thanks to Jeremy Smith for his contributions to this article.


Catalina 22 Mark II Brochure

Catalina 22 Sport Brochure

Catalina 22 National Association

Catalina 22-Specific Parts Available from Catalina Direct

Catalina 22s Available for Sale on Craigslist, Nationwide




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Had no idea that a Catalina was that affordable! Definitely going to get a yacht someday soon!

Excellent review. The only suggestion that I can make is that a matrix that compares the various features and problems of each model and age boat would be extremely helpful. I will use this review as my guide for the purchase of a Catalina 22. Congratulations on a very professional job.

Jim Vaughan Grass Valley, Ca

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Great informative article! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

Great review that I will keep going back to for more research on things I had to skip over. I’m a senior age guy and have spent my life boating and commercial fishing but never sailing. I’m definitely going to buy a Catalina 22. This boat was recommended to me by my sailing instructor Gary of Outercape Sailing in Wellfleet Massachusetts. I live in Provincetown Massachusetts with a great harbor and Cape cod Bay. I’m so thankful for all this information. Thanks Peter Cook

Thanks for all the help. I am looking to purchase one right now but on all sites they are minimal at best. Can’t blame the people for not wanting to get rid of one unless trading up. Thanks again.

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Evenrude long shadt Generator Trail Rite boat trailer Bilge pump electric Retractable keel

Equipment: Two anchors Boom Vang paddle life vests storm jib,70, 110.150% head sails two main sails self contained head

Rig and Sails

Auxilary power, accomodations, calculations.

The theoretical maximum speed that a displacement hull can move efficiently through the water is determined by it's waterline length and displacement. It may be unable to reach this speed if the boat is underpowered or heavily loaded, though it may exceed this speed given enough power. Read more.

Classic hull speed formula:

Hull Speed = 1.34 x √LWL

Max Speed/Length ratio = 8.26 ÷ Displacement/Length ratio .311 Hull Speed = Max Speed/Length ratio x √LWL

Sail Area / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the power of the sails relative to the weight of the boat. The higher the number, the higher the performance, but the harder the boat will be to handle. This ratio is a "non-dimensional" value that facilitates comparisons between boats of different types and sizes. Read more.

SA/D = SA ÷ (D ÷ 64) 2/3

  • SA : Sail area in square feet, derived by adding the mainsail area to 100% of the foretriangle area (the lateral area above the deck between the mast and the forestay).
  • D : Displacement in pounds.

Ballast / Displacement Ratio

A measure of the stability of a boat's hull that suggests how well a monohull will stand up to its sails. The ballast displacement ratio indicates how much of the weight of a boat is placed for maximum stability against capsizing and is an indicator of stiffness and resistance to capsize.

Ballast / Displacement * 100

Displacement / Length Ratio

A measure of the weight of the boat relative to it's length at the waterline. The higher a boat’s D/L ratio, the more easily it will carry a load and the more comfortable its motion will be. The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more.

D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds.
  • LWL: Waterline length in feet

Comfort Ratio

This ratio assess how quickly and abruptly a boat’s hull reacts to waves in a significant seaway, these being the elements of a boat’s motion most likely to cause seasickness. Read more.

Comfort ratio = D ÷ (.65 x (.7 LWL + .3 LOA) x Beam 1.33 )

  • D: Displacement of the boat in pounds
  • LOA: Length overall in feet
  • Beam: Width of boat at the widest point in feet

Capsize Screening Formula

This formula attempts to indicate whether a given boat might be too wide and light to readily right itself after being overturned in extreme conditions. Read more.

CSV = Beam ÷ ³√(D / 64)

Nearly the same as the Grampian CLASSIC 22 and offered under a number of different names.

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Morrill, Maine

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Category Cruiser Motorcycles

Length 22.0

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Category Sailboats

Length 27.0

We have a well kept 1978 Catalina 27/SL Masthead Sloop sailboat for sale. The boat has been regularly maintained and sailed to/from Los Angeles all the way down to Mexico. This boat is fully equipped and ready to sail this summer. Some of the extras on this vessel include:-Racing Sails-Roller Furling-Extra Set of Racing Sails-Bimini Top-Custom Outboard Kicker-Inboard to Outboard Swap-Yamaha 4hp Motor(Very Reliable)-Bottom Paint Done 1 1/2 Ago-New Holding Tank and Fittings-Marine VHF Radio-Bottom Recently Cleaned-New Rope and Cordage or Docking/Anchoring-Mainsail Cover-Extra Fuel Tanks and Direct Motor Fuel Line-Life Jackets and Extra Gear-Tiller ExtenderAll paperwork is included with this vessel including the title, insurance and inspection. The boat is registered until December of 2017. The boat is 100% ready to sail, we sail the boat weekly right out of San Diego Harbor. The only reason we are selling, is we are moving up to a larger boat. The interior and exterior of the vessel is largely original with the exception of exterior painting. The only work I see this boat needing is some minor electrical work for navigation lights and top paint/top wood finish in the next couple years. We've only sailed during the day, so it hasn't been required for us. Let me know if you have any questions regarding the vesselThanks Keywords: sailboat, sail boat, california, catalina, colombia, lancer, ericson, san diego, tube, water, ski, dinghy, skiff, boat, wakeboard, mission bay, san diego, water ski, boat, ski boat, sea ray, searay, merc, mercury, water sports, sail, wake, surf, cruising, family fun, paddle, lake, trailer, dual axle, single axle, slip, marina, anchor, maxum, open bow, bayliner, super sport, tower, wakeboard tower, crownline, yamaha, seadoo, honda, outboard, outdrive, mastercraft, malibu, four winns, jet boat, Pontoon, Center console, Aluminum, Sundancer, Fishing, Bowrider, Diesel, Used, Scarab, Houseboat

22' 1978 Catalina 22 Sailboat

22' 1978 Catalina 22 Sailboat

Enid, Oklahoma


1978  Catalina Yachts  22 Catalina swing keel sailboat hull

1978 Catalina Yachts 22 Catalina swing keel sailboat hull

Dawsonville, Georgia

Make Catalina Yachts

Model 22 Catalina Swing Keel Sailboat Hull

Crazy project boat. 1978 Catalina Yachts 22 Catalina swing keel sailboat hull Handyman special Handyman special. Restore to sail. Sailboats Cruiser 3441 PSN . Dog kennel. Kids clubhouse...



Bath, North Carolina

Model Sloop

Length 25.0

1985 Cat.alina 25 , Main sail , 150 Jib Roller furl , Halyards led aft to cockpit , heavy duty outboard mount . Motor just tuned up and ready to go Rig Type: Masthead SloopLOA: 25.00' / 7.62mLWL: 22.17' / 6.76mBeam: 8.00' / 2.44mListed SA: 271 ft2 / 25.18 m2Draft (max.) 4.00' / 1.22mDraft (min.) Disp. 4550 lbs./ 2064 kgs.Ballast: 1900 lbs. / 862 kgs.SA/Disp.: 15.84Bal./Disp.: 41.76%Disp./Len.: 186.41Designer: Frank ButlerBuilder: Catalina Yachts (USA)Construct.: FGBal. type: First Built: 1978Last Built: 1994# Built: 5866RIG DIMENSIONS KEYI(IG): 29.00' / 8.84mJ: 10.50' / 3.20mP: 24.66' / 7.52mE: 9.58' / 2.92mPY: EY: SPL/TPS: ISP: SA(Fore.): 152.25 ft2 / 14.14 m2SA(Main): 118.12 ft2 / 10.97 m2Total(calc.)SA: 270.37 ft2 / 25.12 m2DL ratio: 186.41SA/Disp: 15.80Est. Forestay Len.: 30.84' / 9.40mBUILDERS (past & present)

1978 Catalina 30

1978 Catalina 30

Point Lookout, New York

1978 Catalina 30,30' Catalina Sailboat. Excellent condition. Excellent for Sailing & Club racing. Sleeps 6 people comfortably. Sails in excellent condition. New Headsail replaced 3 years ago. Roller furler system included. Nautical GPS included. VHF, Many other amenities. Come and see this rare find in Point Lookout, NY $9500.00, 5169728037

1978 Catalina 25 Yacht

1978 Catalina 25 Yacht

Boulder, Colorado

1978 Catalina 25 Yacht. 1978 Catalina 25 Yacht and a 25 foot long Swing keel pop top. Purchased this boat 4 years ago and did a ton of work on her. There are probably too many upgrades for me to remember but here it goes.. 1. new genoa 135 with offshore stitching - triple stitched- 2. new Facnor roller furling- 3. new rigging- 4. new Yamaha 9.9 high thrust 4-stroke engine with electric start power tilt onboard throttle and 6-amp alternator to charge batteries when running- 5. high-end marine stereo - Fusion MS-IP600G - with 4 Yamaha speakers and a Bazooka subwoofer that sounds great- 6. Garmin 168 GPS and Sounder- 7. New upholstery- 8. Coolitron electric Refrigerator- 9. Custom teak companionway with a Pass-Thru- 10. New bilge pumps- 11. New swing keel pulley- 12. New swim ladder.. This boat has an excellent Solar power system. Mounted a solar panel on top of a custom bimini cage. It charges 2 deep cycle batteries that provide 3000 watt-hours of reserve. This system allows us to run our stereo GPS and Sounder refrigerator lights and also use air pumps and tools and charge our computers and phones. It is virtually maintenance free and provides all the power you need without a generator.. The boat has an off shore toilet propane stove - not alcohol - and comes with a custom Pacific dual-axle trailer with surge brakes. The boat could use paint but she is completely leak-free and every system has been upgraded. We also have a slip at Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton pre-paid for the season and this would go with the boat. Well over $20000.00 and countless hours into the boat and we would like to get $13000.00 for her. We are too busy with a new business and don't have the time we need to enjoy her anymore.. This is a must see Sailboat and everything works well- Serious inquiries only. This Vessel is currently located in Boulder CO.- Qualified Buyers may be eligible for Financing Nationwide Shipping and Extended Warranties.

SAILBOAT 1978 25' YAMAHA With the best interior layout ever!

SAILBOAT 1978 25' YAMAHA With the best interior layout ever!

Marina Del Rey, California

SAILBOAT 1978 25' YAMAHA With the best interior layout ever! This graceful Yamaha 25' is very comfortable and Spacious popular model, that sails great! With solid workmanship and performance, this costal cruiser, appeals to a wide range of sailors, from the inexperienced or families looking for a first boat. To competitive sailors looking for a performance cruiser. Boat is sail ready to Catalina Island. Must see, if you are looking at getting into sailing. This YAMAHA is very clean inside and out. With roomy interior for this size of boat!!!!!!. Bottom always clean Accommodations: The interior is warm and comfortable, Best layout ever….come and have a look There is a large double berth forward with head between the v-berth and main salon. The salon it self is warm with a spacious living area that is all most standup. The salon table folds away into a bed. New good cushions and fabric thought-out. Two Aft quarter berths (or storage) area. Galley is port as you step down into the cabin. The layout is very comfortable for a weekend condo or a Temporary Live aboard. Outside cockpit with cockpit cushions. And at night this boat has a very comfortable Vibe to make you feel right at home!!. Power plant is a inboard Diesel Yanmar YSMB newer rebuild 8hp engine with low hours and looks and sounds new, in great shape and well looked after. All sails are in excellent shape and lots New gps New ship to shore radio New entertainment center New batt. Charger New fabric This boat is a Must see if your looking just add the amenities you need to make it home Come have a look. Slip is Transferable (upon qualification) if you want In the water now in Marina Del Rey Asking $5500 for a fast sale!!!!!

Helms 30 sailboat

Helms 30 sailboat

Charleston, South Carolina

1978 - stout dry boat, no soft spots. Diesel engine removed - shaft and prop. remain. Outboard mount (no outboard engine).Big battery - solar panel keeps it charged. Also new 30 amp electric - cost $2000.00. Good liveaboard area on Ashley River. Boat needs some work but livable now. Reasonable dock rent with lease available. A Helms is a Catalina Customized with good creds. Pressurized water system. Good head with holding tank.

Catalina 30' sailboat,new sails and atomic4 inboard, tall rig.tiller,cradle.

Catalina 30' sailboat,new sails and atomic4 inboard, tall rig.tiller,cradle.

Penn Yan, New York

This 1978 C 30 Catalina was made for light ocean cruising, not just bay sailing, but probably not trans- oceanic sailing. The interior is in remarkably good condition with no midew,mold, oil stains etc. Has an alcohol stove top (needs new gaskets) and ice box ,sleeps six in three different areas.Almost new Harstick sails included main ,half jib, 360 full jib and spinnaker with pole.Large anchor with 20' heavy chain.Teak interior trim, head with shower,storage closet and pennisula galley,good head room.Boat comes with solid steel cradle good enough to ship on.Currently at anchor on Keuka Lake, the boat is kept in Hammondsport over winter at a cost of $450( this includes out and in haul and storage of the cradle through the sailing season). Marina has the capability to transport this boat, nearby Seneca lake has access to the Barge canal and therefore the Great Lakes and the Atlantic (drive train would need repair for the canal as no sailing allowed).The inboard as is is fine for leaving and returning to anchorage.(30-45 minutes at a time).Boat has the tall rig, a tiller and deep keel,sails upwind great ,These boats are one of the best and have outsold all other boats this size combined! There is a support group. I have to sell as I am moving to Florida and can't manage to get it there.Please call me before making an offer at 315-729-8120.

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1978 catalina 22 sailboat

Catalina 22 hull number

  • Thread starter LakeMurraySailor
  • Start date Nov 10, 2015
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Leeward Rail

Meatman said: CTYH5254(M)76H Click to expand

Leeward, thank you so much for the quick response! I appreciate your help!!!  

Leeward, I understand that the previous owner put a two-part epoxy on the bottom but applied no paint! So I believe that the hull is porous and it's probably not a good idea to leave the boat in the water(fresh-Lake Murray) for an extended period of time. With that having been said, do you know what kind of bottom paint I should use if I want to leave the boat in the water during racing season? Thanks, Lee  

Noticed that your question is covered in the other thread. http://forums.sailboatowners.com/index.php?threads/hull-paint.175824/ Summary for those who care....... the 2 part epoxy is used as a barrier coat to effectively seal the hull. Having it is a very good thing. The paint is simply the top layer to either apply a nice smooth finish/color, or to give anti-fouling properties to impede biological growth on the hull. (depending on which paint you choose)  

So which bottom paint would you use?  

My boat currently has ablative antifouling, since it was kept in the water on Lake Ontario all summer by the previous owners. I was considering switching to Interlux VC17 when I remove some thru-hulls and repair the holes, this coming spring. With the rapid influx of Zebra mussels on some of the lake around here, I'll be looking into what's the best option. I'm not going to be racing. I've seen ads for VC17 with biolux but haven't looked into it further. IMO racing + hulls kept in the water don't mix. You want a nice smooth hull and keeping it in any water over time will cause build up on the hull. the best option is to ask your local sailors about local fouling conditions, and what they use. Local knowledge is always a big help, whether it's info for navigation, anchor choice, local chandlers, or bottom paint.  

Meatman said: Leeward, I understand that the previous owner put a two-part epoxy on the bottom but applied no paint! So I believe that the hull is porous and it's probably not a good idea to leave the boat in the water(fresh-Lake Murray) for an extended period of time. With that having been said, do you know what kind of bottom paint I should use if I want to leave the boat in the water during racing season? Thanks, Lee Click to expand


Leeward Rail said: That M is there in the HIN of any Catalina 22 from 1975 to 1984 M= Unknown purpose but it's there from 1975 to 1984 Click to expand
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