Catalina 22 For Sale
Is a Catalina 22 Seaworthy Enough to Make the Passage from Florida to the Bahamas ?I'm new to the forum and new to sailing. A few years ago I had the bug to buy an older sailboat, but my business slowed to a crawl and the dream was put on hold. Recently I acquired a project, a Catalina 22. Its smaller than I ginally wanted 27-32 ft. but I couldnt turn down this boat as it is FREE!!! It needs some work but the rice was right, FREE!!! Anyway I am wondering if a boat this size is seaworthy enough to make the pass from Florida to the Bahamas? Of course I wouldnt attempt this without plenty of instruction/experiance tc.I'm just ndering if a Catalina 22 is big enough to even attempt such a trip. My current sailing experiance nsists of small boats on fresh water and inshore many years ago. I spent a lot of time sailing as a pre-teen eenager, even won a mmer camp regatta. Anyway, I'm just wondering if a Catalina 22 is big enough for a trip to The Bahamas rom FloridaFrom Miami to Bimini is about 50 miles pretty much due East and at's as close to FL as the amas get. There's a current running north @ three to five knots (called the ulftream) and if you hit any kinda wind from the north you can get some mighty interesting seas. (Don't worry, they bly won't be as high as your boat is long but the operative word here is "probably".) I did it in the last entury ard a new Ranger 23 (1972) but, conditions were perfect (wind from the SSW@ about 15) and it was a eautiful 10 - 12 hour ride.