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Old 16-10-2012, 10:04   #31
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

[QUOTE=Hud3;806473]I was just thinking about my first Gulf Stream crossing in a friend's 36' sloop. The winds were SW18 kts or so and waves were coming from three directions. Every now and then a wave would suddenly rise up and join us in the cockpit.

That boat had a bit more freeboard than your Catalina 22, so be sure to keep your companionway hatch closed with the boards in, and think about having a bucket to bail if your cockpit drains become overwhelmed.[/QUOTE

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it is but only if the skipper knows how to sail.
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

The OP posted about a year ago. I wonder if he ever did it?
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He sure enough did ; -)

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it is but only if the skipper knows how to sail.
Well, that's the bottom line, isn't it? And that's why these kinds of questions are a bit misguided.

People have crossed oceans in tiny, open boats. Most any boat can make most any journey. The real question that needs to be asked is, can the skipper make the journey? And then, what most people REALLY want to know when they ask questions like this one is, "given that I don't really know what I'm doing, will this or that boat keep me safe and comfortable?" And the answer to THAT question is always a resounding "NO!"

No boat is going to keep you safe if you don't do your part.
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

Yep...it's about the sailor not the boat. one of the first sailing books I read was "the Voyage of Trekka". A 21 ft homebuilt plywood sloop that sailed around the world from Victoria BC. Still.... some boats are safer than others.... A cat 22 would not be high on my list... but a well found, well thought out one, would do it for sure....
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

Ha! Good analogy....
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

Years ago I sailed a San Juan 21 from Miami to Bimini....

WATCH YOUR WEATHER...It's the biggest issue, especially in the winter... No winds from the north...

Does the cockpit have drains? The SJ didn't and I ALWAYS kept two bailers tied off in the cockpit...

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Wow! My first boat was a SJ 21 MKII. Light boat for sure... faster than a Cat 22 but.... pretty tender!
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Thousands of Aussie blokes do this every damn day... what's your point??

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Thousands of Aussie blokes do this every damn day... what's your point??
You really don't get the point? I thought he made it quite well.

Yes, it can be done, of course. But it would be a lot more comfortable--and probably better for your feet in the long run--to get a good pair of walking shoes, especially if you're going to be doing this "every damn day."
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I thought this was a pretty interesting thread and would like to here more news from Jim. Have you made the voyage Jim to Bimini yet in your Catalina 22. Sounds like a great idea.

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