The never-ending project to fill my hole in
the ocean while bailing it out
has come to its end.
Chip Ahoy is now for sale
If you're interested,
Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22
For the most recent (June 17, 2015) photos
restoration, refit featured in Sailing Magazine
An obsessive refit
Catalina 22 into a showpiece
By David Liscio
A meticulous record keeper, Ford's log of the
restoration [of Chip Ahoy]
consumes reams of digital pages. Every steel nut and
bolt is accounted for, as are the bigger-ticket items
like roller furling, a new outboard engine, standing
rigging, electronics, a longer boom, self-tailing
winches. The list goes on.
The bottom line is, as one observer once put it,
sobering. The tally comes to just over $40,000....
READ/DOWNLOAD FULL ARTICLE HERE
Chip Ahoy featured in Sailing Magazine
SAILING’s Value Guide
(5-star rating system)
price of a used Catalina 22 typically ranges from
just over $4,000 to more than $15,000 for the
original Mk I and later Mk II and Mk III models. The
inclusion of a trailer can influence the asking
price, as can condition and year of the outboard
Asking price for the stripped-down version
negotiable upward depending on buyer's wants, needs, and choices
Just some of Chip Ahoy's retrofit/upgrade and equipment
considered purchasing Chip Ahoy seem to think the full-package price is too high "for
such a small old boat." Apparently they have failed to
recognize or fully appreciate what is included in its
full-package sale price. The full package —
everything needed to just trailer the boat to a ramp, drop it
into the water, and sail off over the horizon in comfort
— adds extreme value to the boat, as well
as to the price of the sale.
Swing keel Chip Ahoy is not simply an easy
to trailer old off-the-shelf boat — a used boat to just drag out of the lot and hope it
floats. Far from it. You've probably already
determined that for yourself from elsewhere on this website.
If you haven't, I suggest you take the time to
investigate these pages for some
perspective of its value.
But if a buyer is looking for a stripped
down, no-frills, run-of-the-mill, well-maintained with every
upgrade Catalina 22, perhaps we can
still reach a deal — so long as a potential buyer is willing to
settle for less — much less — than what can be acquired
in a single package in a one-time purchase with all the work
Let me remove "the frills" for
you and strip down
Chip Ahoy to what I suspect perhaps some expect when they
If you're looking for a basic barebones
used sailboat with nothing extra, here's what I can offer.
I can eliminate as much and many as possible all the extras, all
the advantages, comforts, and conveniences I've built into it
over my years of cruising experience with Chip Ahoy and my commitment to have my
perfect singlehanding boat. It would be a crying shame,
but it can be done.
I can provide a well-maintained, highly
improved and upgraded, proven seaworthy Catalina 22 with its
well-maintained, rarely used
(2-3 miles twice a year)
galvanized LoadRite trailer, its mast, boom, and sails
stripped-down, bare-bones basic as possible
The mast and boom of course are included with all the upgrades,
internal wiring harness and other equipment and improvements I've added to the
spars. The main and genoa sails are included, but maybe
you don't need the spares (until you do). All the standing
and running rigging I replaced is included. The new
winches, rope clutches, and deck organizers will go with the
boat, along with the built-in solar panel, solar vent, and
tinted windows. The boom vang, boom kicker, lazy jacks,
radar reflector, and 5-Mile Wifi antenna, etc.,
are removable, optional; I can sell them separately if you want to do
without them until you regret it.
When I bought
Chip Ahoy it came without a battery (or much of an electrical
system at all). If you don't need the two batteries, I can
eliminate them from the full-package sale
price. You'll still be stuck
with the ammeter, the built-in 4-way battery switch, and the
electric bilge pump won't work, but they'll be there when
you change your mind.
Some of the costly upgrades and gear I built it will have to go
with the boat; reverse-engineering and removal would be
time-consuming, and frankly, sinful.
But there is a
lot I can remove and eliminate, much that can be left out of the
fully-equipped sale price to
reduce the selling price and still provide a return on my
Maybe you don't
need a $2,300 outboard. (If you don't include the marine
batteries, its alternator can't charge them anyway, and the
electric starter won't work.) Consider the Honda 4-stroke 8HP with
about 100 hours on it an "extra," an unnecessary "option." I'll sell it separately,
and can reduce the fully-equipped sale
price of the boat.
Radar reflector, wind vane,
two anchors and their chain and rodes? Don't want them,
don't take them. The price drops from the
Don't need the
Raymarine ST2000 tiller-pilot
— or don't think you do yet?
I'll keep it, easily sell it separately and can lower the
fully-equipped sale price of
Chip Ahoy. Ditto
the removable Porta Potty, Origo alcohol stove, Garmin
GPSMap 478, ICOM M302G VHF radio, the two VHF antennas, the
hand-held Standard Horizon HX851 VHF radio, ACR ResQFix 406 GPS
Personal Locator Beacon, Orion 12 Gauge High Performance
Alert/Locate Signaling Kit, etc.
IdaSailor HDPE rudder and tiller (with the
pin for the tiller pilot) is removable, potentially could be
eliminated to lower the cost from the
(The buyer would need to find another; stock rudders are
cheaper.) I can't imagine anyone wanting to do
that, but different strokes . . .
If you don't
need the ideal small cruising sailboat that's taken me a
dozen years to perfect for singlehanding, if you'd prefer to
undo my years of painstaking improvements and return it to a
basic daysailer at a lower price —
hey, Chip Ahoy's and my days together are over; though in no
hurry I'm ready to
With all the upgrades and improvements
it'll never be
just a "basic daysailer," but
it can come close if that's what you're looking for.
Then I can sell
it stripped down to the basics for a lower price, sell the
optional treasures separately.
The Full-Package Chip Ahoy
Asking price for fully-equipped is
This has been a labor of love for the past dozen or so years.
I’ve invested $40K (my cost and equipment installed) into
this restoration project – along with many hundreds of hours of my labor. There is nothing like Chip Ahoy for a
cruising Catalina 22 sailor. It can and has taken me up and
down the coast singlehanded in all sorts of truly adverse conditions, both
weather and sea – the furthest reach to South Addison, Downeast
Maine for a three-week singlehanded cruise.
Chip Ahoy is a great small sailboat easy to singlehand with lots
of amenities, e.g., Porta potty, Origo alcohol stove, Garmin
GPSMap 478, Hummingbird HDR-610 depth gauge, Nicro day/night
in-deck solar fan, sliding galley/water tank (which I chose not
to use and stored away). It even has a 5MileWife antenna to
hoist up the main mast on its own slide track.
It has a pair of 12V marine batteries with a 4-way switch which
powers everything well, including my laptop, smartphone,
outboard’s electric-start, etc., and the outboard’s alternator
keeps them charged up when it’s running. The small deck-mounted
solar panel with controller keeps the batteries topped off while
on the mooring.
ICOM M402 VHF marine radio with two Shakespeare “Squatty)
antennas; one mounted at mast top, the other on the stern
New Ullman Offshore full-batten, loose-footed mainsail in 2007
($792.73) with mainsail cover. Furlex roller-furler system in
2004 ( $1317.75) with two genoas. New Lewmar 14ST winches with
covers in 2005. Rope clutches. Two anchors: Delta (Lewmar)
Fast-Set anchor (14 lb); Danforth anchor (14 lb) with 20’ of
chain and 200’ of rode (additional chain and rode with the
Danforth). The Delta sits on its bow-roller, the Danforth
stowed below in a bag.
I replaced its stock rudder with an
IdaSailor HDPE rudder – fully swing-up to vertical ($578 in
2007); handy in many situations and almost maintenance-free.
In 2010 I removed, had tinted, and rebedded the cabin windows,
had their frames powder-coated. What a difference that made,
outside and inside the cabin.
This Catalina 22 lacks nothing (I could think of); it’s loaded
with more than I can recall to list it all. (See
more complete list here.) It’s ready to trailer out, raise the
mast, launch and sail away. I spent the past month scrubbing,
polishing and waxing until it’s sparkling Bristol inside and
out. (I do this every spring; decided recently that I don’t
want to do it again.)
The trailer is a 2004 galvanized LoadRite in excellent
condition. The outboard was purchased new in 2006 ($2,273); a
Honda 8HP electric-start 4-stroke that’s been extremely well
maintained, winterized and tuned up at the end of every sailing
season because my life may have depended upon it – two
six-gallon tanks, cross-hosed, were even just drained and
refilled with fresh gas.
I’ve singlehanded for virtually the entire dozen years of my
ownership, have set up the boat to handle completely from the
cockpit. No need to go forward for anything except anchoring or
picking up a mooring. The RayMarine ST2000 Tillerpilot is
included—program, point and sail; let it steer the boat while
you leave the helm.
If I could have thought of anything more to add to Chip Ahoy or
to this list I’d have added it! In return, it’s been a great
boat to me – and over the years has gotten us back home through
And remember – we use our boats up here in New England for maybe
four months each year. Eight of those other months our boats
(and motors) are in/under storage, being maintained for the
coming season ahead. A season’s boat use in New England is
limited, unlike year-round use in warmer climates. Use of a
1974 boat up here is the equivalent of a 2004 Florida boat’s
See the complete latest Marine Survey here
Survey Findings (Conclusion); 6/19/2008:
This being the second survey I have done in the past four years,
I have found “Chip Ahoy" is in much better condition than my
previous survey. The scope of improvements and the funds that
have been spent on her care and maintenance has been intense.
She is better equipped than most vessels sailing locally. I
feel with her many, many improvements, it is extremely difficult
to find any recommendations for her owner.
The replacement cost for "Chip
Ahoy" now is somewhere around $35,000. A new vessel of her size
from Catalina would be close to $35,000 plus all the equipment
aboard her, a new owner would be spending close to $50,000.
I feel she is a very good insurance risk and should be insured
for $25,000 to protect the investment the owner has put forth.
Captain Allan Waldman
Certified Navtech Marine Surveyor
Chip Ahoy has been insured since that 2008 survey for coverage
of $25,000. That coverage remains in effect. If the boat
disappeared beneath the waves or from its mooring, is stolen out
of my yard, is consumed by fire or otherwise destroyed, the
insurance company would send me a check for $25,000. I’m
offering it for sale for less than ust half its insured
Asking price for fully-equipped is
Just over a quarter of the amount I've
put into it —
not counting my many
$13,500 less than its current insured
$23,500 less than its
(All receipts are
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