Great little boats! I've placed in the Santana 22 Nationals several times, and have won the Santanarama.
Early models had trouble with compression
under the mast
tabernacle. On my boat we would use a hydraulic jack to function as a compression
Another weakness on older models can be the keel
boats. A few boats have dropped their keels because of excessive corrosion
. Be aware that the keels are made of iron on a Tuna--as we call them--and give the keels bolt a good look before proceeding with a purchase
. Ideally, purchase
a boat that has had its bolts replaced.
drains are poorly designed and can risk the boat sinking. Consider replacing the lines and thru-hulls the minute you buy your boat. You'll sleep better when your boat is in the water
Be aware that water
can enter through the cockpit
hatches. I've shipped maybe 50 gallons during a race
. Had to pump it all out by hand. It was a good lesson to make certain those hatches had new seals