25's and Catalina
22's are both exceptional boats. Both have been inducted into the Sailboat Hall of Fame started by Sail America in 1994. There are only 25 boats that have been given that award
, although one could quibble that advertising dollars may have influenced the selection. Notice the company they keep: Cal
40, Hobie 16, Sunfish etc...
These ARE real boats that have had a substantial impact on sailing.
There were over 38,000 MacGregors produced before the company ceased production.
About 16,000 C22's have been made and production of 25 to 50 per year continues. A new Sport model is about $22K last time I checked.
Sometimes an owner will sell one of these for $1000 just because they don't want to be bothered with buying
a new sail ($900 to $1200 for a C22) or replacing bottom paint
. OTOH, there is a fellow on the C22 forum that has put $30,000 into his C22. I am in the process of trading my project
27 (a complete wreck that I got for the price
of the outboard
and winches it carried) for a fairly nice 1984 C22 swing keel
(which is the preferred original design) that just needs bottom paint
and fixing a jammed roller furler
. It comes with a decent trailer
and now I won't have to worry about what to do with two in-water boats when the next hurricane
The C22 is a delight to sail, easy to trailer, inexpensive to maintain and has timeless looks.