Originally Posted by Rakuflames
Is there a West Marine
or other boating
store up that way? Maybe they could help connect sailors.
Hernando Beach has at least 8 marinas
and a yacht club. There are lots of sail boat projects underway and many sail boats docked in the canals of our little seaside village. You see a few out on the water
, mainly on weekends. There are enough sailers here that we should be able to find and make friends with some - it's just a matter of time. I'm finding that there are some sellers out there that are willing to do lessons if you purchase
- I'm considering 2 Catalina
22's, one has a fixed wing keel
that is 2.5 ft deep and one has a swing keel
that is only 1.7 ft deep when up. Those draft
figures are what I'm coming up with by referencing a book and some web sites, anyone reading this, let me know if they're incorrect. I'd like to keep the boat on my lift
by removing the support beams and replacing them with broad straps. I'm thinking the 2 straps will straddle the boat forward and aft of the keel in either case, although since the fixed part of the swing keel extends further aft, there will be more clearance horizontally with the fixed keel boat. However, there will be more clearance vertically with the swing keel boat (when it is up). Do I understand this correctly? Any problem with what I'm wanting to do? Which boat sails
better? Is the fixed keel boat even trailerable? It does not come with a trailer, while the other boat does. I don't know the condition of the swing keel yet, but I'll be looking at it soon. If it turns out there is a problem with the pivot of the swing keel, how difficult/expensive is that to repair (typically)?
I'd sure appreciate any advice I can get.