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Old 13-01-2014, 16:50   #46
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

My last boat was a C22. Would I attempt it? HECK NO!!! I want more experience first! I am always thinking that the worst can happen and I want to come out of it alive!

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Good for him that he made it safe....
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

It would be a great boat for the B'mas for sure... think of the places you could go! We crossed once with a couple who had a 23 footer...fixed keel....production boat... forget what make it was... They were both about 6-2/6-3 tall. cramped little boat for them. But they made it! We had to patch a keel leak with underwater epoxy in bimini though. Just say NO to bolt on keels!
Probably more about knowing your boat and watching weather than the size of the boat...
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One thing you might want to consider...

The Catalina 22's standing rigging is designed for day-sailing and club racing, not for bluewater sailing. Will you have a plan for what If... ...your rig comes apart while the gulf stream is pushing you into the North Atlantic at 6kts?

?....headway East, while the current pushes you North? You might miss your target by many miles.....


This is one of the silliest posts I have read here in a while (sure, it is old... I missed it the first time).

Reminds me of an idiot who tried to tell me I could not sail my Ariel (26') to the Bahamas because (get this) the theoretical hull speed was not fast enough to beat the Gulf Stream! I wonder if this fool had an image of a huge pile of small boats wrecked in Nova Scotia because they were just not fast enough to make it...
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

I wonder how the opening poster got on in the end.

We used to easily do 40+ miles in our 25 ft trailer sailer years ago in Bass Strait in Victoria Australia. When it got rough once we even beat home a Bertram 35 flybridge who struggled in the rough weather.
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I wonder how the opening poster got on in the end......
Looks like he made it.... Quoted from page 1....

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The OP posted about a year ago. I wonder if he ever did it?
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Looks like he made it.... Quoted from page 1....
Uhhh, I just looked at the link,and it didn't seem to say anything much, certainly not that he had made the trip. Just asked about replacing the cable...

Did I miss something?

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Uhhh, I just looked at the link,and it didn't seem to say anything much, certainly not that he had made the trip. Just asked about replacing the cable...

Did I miss something?

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I missed it as well????
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Yeah the link must be incorrect.
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

We did it on a Catalina 25 from Key Largo to Bimini. !5 hrs over and 25 back. Just have a good weather window. Over was a night cruise and of course the return did the same. Cruise boats are HUGE, even a couple miles away!
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Tim.
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

This was an intersting post and I would like to keep it going by posting another related question. I plan on a similar solo crossing this summer on my west wight potter 19. The question that got my mind twisted is how
wide is the gulfstream from Miami to Bimini. Is that 3 to 5 knts current felt all the way across or only for a few miles?
I appreciate any inputs .....Cheers
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The Gulf Stream is about 30 miles wide off of the coast of Florida (it varies); so you will be in the stream for about 1/2 to 2/3 of the distance (± 50 miles).
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Re: Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas

I found the stream to be strong almost immediately upon starting out.... steering maybe 25-30 degrees upstream to compensate then about maybe half way accross it tapered off at a fairly steady rate until there was little on the Bahamas side.
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Reminds me of an idiot who tried to tell me I could not sail my Ariel (26') to the Bahamas because (get this) the theoretical hull speed was not fast enough to beat the Gulf Stream! I wonder if this fool had an image of a huge pile of small boats wrecked in Nova Scotia because they were just not fast enough to make it...
Yeah, all hell breaks loose if you don't reach escape velocity.

I wouldn't take my Catalina 22 out that far. Mostly because I don't know what I'm doing. But I bet a more experienced skipper could do it in a properly provisioned C22 and a really polite weather window.
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I would imagine people have windsurfed and Hobie catted across before...? After all.... Diana Nyad swam!
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