A Catalina 22 is an awesome starter (as is the Cat 25 honestly), these are good reliable choices thatll hold their value decently so if you decide on a smaller or bigger boat later, unloading it should be easy... slip it, and get out there, and get that tiller time.
Is a Catalina a good boat?
Conclusion. The distillation of her designers decades of boat design and building experience, the Catalina 425 is an excellent cruising boat that will carry you just about anywhere in comfort, safety and, yes, speed and style. Shes a worthy winner of a SAIL Best Boats award.
Is a Catalina 36 a Blue Water boat?
Catalinas are not blue water boats! Catalina 36/375 International Association.
Is a Catalina 25 a Blue water boat?
The 25 is not a blue water boat but should be ok for fair weather sails in the Gulf.
What is the comfort ratio on a boat?
You can use the following guidelines to interpret comfort ratio results: numbers below 20 indicate a lightweight racing boat; 20 to 30 indicates a coastal cruiser; 30 to 40 indicates a moderate bluewater cruising boat; 50 to 60 indicates a heavy bluewater boat; and over 60 indicates an extremely heavy bluewater boat.