My first boat was a Catalina 22 with a fixed keel
. There are several things I'd recommend you check. Yours has a swing keel
and I'd give a shake or two just to see if there is a lot of wear on the pin holding the swing keel in place. If it feels pretty tight then that shouldn't be a problem. When you take it out for a sail and you change from one tack to the other and the swing keel makes a clunk then there might be a lot of wear on that pin. The other thing I would check is the rudder
blade to see if there is a crack in the seam. With the rudder
in place check to see if there is pintle and gudgeon wear. If you can shake it back and forth and it feels sloppy and rattles then the gudgeons might need replacing. Take a close look at the rigging
. If it is nice and bright with no "fishhooks" and the turnbuckles look clean with no little cracks everything should ok with it. Also look at the tangs where the rigging
is attached to the mast
. If there is a lot of corrosion
at the aluminum on the mast
then there could be a problem.
I think a Catalina 22 is a great first boat!