I am a long time lurker but I've only posted a few times. I guess a few words of introduction
are in order. I grew up sailing a hobie cat
16 on inland lakes (Utah, so the biggest pond around was the Great Salt
Lake). Anyway, I've had some very limited cruising experience and I lived in New Orleans
for a few years where my wife and I were (semi)active with the local racing
community. We live in DC now and we are looking to buy a boat. Like many here, we would love to take our kids
and cast off the dock
lines for ports
unknown but that is at least a few years off. . .
For now we are considering the purchase
of a small (up to 25') boat to play around on the Potomac
. Our finances are quite limited at the moment so we have to choose carefully. I guess my purpose here is two fold:
1) I've been keeping an eye on the classifieds and I found a boat that look ok but I wanted to get some feedback. Its a late 60s Catalina 22
. Boat seems sound but the engine
is shot and the center board cable is broken. Click HERE
to see the ad. I know these boats have a reputation for being a bit pokey but they also seem to be quite popular. Any cautionary words or advice would be welcome. I am attracted to this boat because it seems to be in (reasonably) good condition considering the circumstances and it looks like the owner is willing to bargain. It also seems like it would suit our purposes well. We basically need something (cheap) that can accomodate me, my wife and our 2 year old daugher for day sailing
and (possibly) the occasional overnighter.
2) I'd also like to hear from anyone with experience sailing on the Potomac
. Whatever we buy, that will be our main cruising grounds. Any and all input would be great. Also, if anyone knows of any other small boats for sale
in the area, we have cash in hand and would love to take a look.
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to becoming a more active member
of the forum.