I'll be looking at a 1974 Catalina
22 swing keel for sale
for $4500 incl trailer and 6 hp motor
. The seller is willing to take it out and sail it with me. I'm an experienced power boat
operator (23 footer) in 2-3 ft seas. Other than that, I have zero experience with sail boats. Anyone care to mention things I need to be looking for/asking about with regard to the boat before buying
it? He says he keeps the keel
down all the time, even at the dock
, so I'm a bit concerned that maybe it doesn't pivot properly anymore? Any advice would be much appreciated.