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
Just some of Chip Ahoy's retrofit/upgrade and equipment
This has been a labor of love for over a dozen years.
I’ve invested $40K (my cost and equipment installed) into
this restoration project – along with my many hundreds of hours of 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 good weather and all sorts of truly adverse conditions, both
weather and sea – the furthest reach was to South Addison/Jonesport, Downeast
Maine for a three-week singlehanded cruise.
Chip Ahoy is a great small sailboat easy to trailer and 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 half its insured
Asking price is
Just over a quarter of the amount I've
put into on it —
not counting my many
$13,500 less than its current insured
$23,500 less than its
(All receipts are
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