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Old 09-08-2009, 15:35   #1
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Hi All,

Just wanted to thank everyone for their advice when I posted a few weeks back and let you all know how things turned out. Thanks to the input I got from many on this board I feel I ended up in a situation that is perfect for me. The boat is an '87 Catalina 22 in great shape with a new outboard and a very complete sail inventory. I guess she's probably not much compared to the boats most of you all have but she's great for puttering around the tidal Potomac with my daughter and that's really all I wanted for now.

So far we've been having a blast and we are looking forward to a possible overnighter or two later in the summer. If anyone has any good information on cruising the Potomac between DC and the bay, I am all ears.

Thanks again to everyone who read my earlier posts and gave advice.

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Old 09-08-2009, 15:47   #2
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Sounds like a great boat to me. We learned on one so I know they sure are fun. It's mostly about showing up.
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Old 09-08-2009, 15:50   #3
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Thanks Paul,

We sure enjoy her and it gets us out on the water which, as you say, is the important thing.
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Cool! and congratulations..post pictures soon..
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Congrats. The Catalina is a nice boat for puttering about. I promise that you will have fun.

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Old 09-08-2009, 16:21   #6
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Way to go, fmooy!

That boat probably the perfect boat for you at this point. I still remember how much fun and relaxation we had day-sailing, moonlight-sailing and (rarely) overnighting on our ODay 222. There's a lot to be said for a smaller boat like that when you have other issues, like a career, to take up your time. The hours you spend when you can just drive down, jump on the boat, and sail for a few hours are precious.
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Hi All,

Just wanted to thank everyone for their advice when I posted a few weeks back and let you all know how things turned out. Thanks to the input I got from many on this board I feel I ended up in a situation that is perfect for me. The boat is an '87 Catalina 22 in great shape with a new outboard and a very complete sail inventory. I guess she's probably not much compared to the boats most of you all have but she's great for puttering around the tidal Potomac with my daughter and that's really all I wanted for now.

So far we've been having a blast and we are looking forward to a possible overnighter or two later in the summer. If anyone has any good information on cruising the Potomac between DC and the bay, I am all ears

Thanks again to everyone who read my earlier posts and gave advice.

Your Friend,

Forrest

I'd give away my current boat and then some to have back that old 21' San Juan if it meant I could regain some of that precious time that flew by sailing with my daughter back again. Congrats and take her out often.
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Congratulations! You'll love the Catalina 22.

For info on cruising the Potomac, I think the Chesapeake cruising guides should help. I'd recommend this one:

Amazon.com: Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide (9780071363716): William Shellenberger: Books

And by all means cruise the entire Chesapeake Bay. Just watch the weather.
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Congrats! Sail and enjoy.
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Old 09-08-2009, 20:24   #10
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Good for you.
It should be great fun.
When I was in my 20s I overnighted (camped) with one other (usually) on a 18' Westerly Nimrod. I used to look at the 22 footers with envy.
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My first boat about thirty years ago was a Catalina 22 and I have some great memories of it. When I bought it I had just taken a sailing class the week before and had no idea what I was doing. I was lucky I ended up with it. A great first boat. You'll have a lot of fun with it I'm sure.
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