The only advantages of a WWP over the Catalina
22 are that you can pull it with a smaller car, step the mast
by yourself, and store it in a typical driveway (and maybe bragging rights after its all done). If you're absolutely constrained by one of those limitations, I'd understand that option, but the C22 is a better choice in every other conceivable way, and will offer you the same satisfaction of self-reliance on a weekender-turned-microcruiser. It's small enough, believe me.
Bottom line: under twenty-two feet, you're just engaging in masochism. There is a huge used fleet of C22s to choose from, so the chances are higher to find your sweet spot between price/condition; parts
are readily available, and it will sell when you're done with it.
I agree that a full-sized, commercially-sold desicating head
is too big. A porta-potty will do, but you could look into the 5-gal. bucket DIY
for long-term scenario.
is the only way to go.
A small outboard
that will propel both the yacht and a small inflatable dinghy
is a sound idea, though you'll have to accept that a motor
small enough for the dinghy
will be of only limited help to the yacht when heading into a 1–2' chop.
Though without a hot plate your electrical
demands will be small, you will find that even the few lights/electronics you use will require you to be constantly concerned with charging
bank. A wind-powered generator
on a yacht so small is awkward and very few rely on it as a primary charging
source because it performs well only intermittently, i.e., when there is wind
, and when you're positioned to be exposed to it. One of the goals of a comfortable "snug" anchorage is to be protected from weather
, which is at cross purposes with a wind-powered generator
. I'd try to figure out how to make it happen with solar
, but that will demand that you relax the minimalist mindset a bit to research
and design a whole system that will suit your real needs. No matter what you do, you'll become an electron miser. You can permanently mount a rigid 50-watt panel over the foredeck hatch
, then augment with flexible or semi-rigid panels
in strategic places. It's probably more practical to mount those panels
in such a way that they can be moved around/tilted, so plywood
backings could work
, and taken in to protect them from being damaged/lost when the wind
pipes up .
You're going to have a great experience.