Chip Ford's 1974 Catalina 22 Restoration Project
Sail #3282  l  Marblehead, Massachusetts




Last Updated On:
April 28, 2018

January 2017

Chip Ahoy's restoration, refit featured in Sailing Magazine

An obsessive refit transforms a
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....


Chip Ahoy has been SOLD
Saturday, April 28, 2018

"There is a time for everything"

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This sign was posted at the end of my driveway/lot by the street down to the dock

Chip Ahoy featured in Sailing Magazine

Jan-Feb 2016 issue

Used Boat Notebook
Catalina 22

By David Liscio

Chip Ford of Marblehead, Massachusetts, who has lovingly restored his 1974 Mk I Chip Ahoy, praised the swing-keel design after running aground on a mud bank.

“I just raised the keel and backed off,” said Ford, publisher and technical editor of Mainbrace, a Catalina 22-focused publication. “I’m a cruiser and I’ve been in bad weather with some precarious moments, but the boat is comfortable, sturdy and seaworthy. It has proven itself on several occasions.”

Replacing the forward hatch butt hinges (2015)
July 3, 2015

Refinishing the Cribboards-Teak Trim Project Revisited (2014)
June, 2014

Chip Ahoy is Launched for Sailing Season 2013
June 20, 2013

The Forward Hatch Leak Revisited, Again
May 5-6, 2013

Uncovering Chip Ahoy 2013
Apr 27, 2013

Welcome to the homeport of Chip Ahoy


Running History

Projects Costs Cruises Winters

This website and my former C22 discussion group was the
2005 recipient of the annual
Catalina 22 National Sailing Association
“Recruiter of the Year Award”

Certificate     (PDF file)


Insurance Surveys and Claims

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Life Beyond Boating


Upgrade, Repair, Restoration and Refinishing Projects, and How-Tos


Other C22 Information, Repairs, Upgrades, and Experiences
My Season 2013 “To Do” Wish List Waterline “marked” after first season
Waterline after Season 2010
How to Buy a Catalina 22:  What to Look For Sample Price List and Order Form (w/available options)
1976 C22 #6991 - "Windfall"
Catalina 22 Design Drawings Catalina 22 Electrical Schematics
Locating the Hull Identification Number (HIN) Chainplate Eye Bolt Corrosion
Personal Safety Aboard Chip Ahoy Safety Equipment Aboard Chip Ahoy
Living Aboard a C-22
Storage and Spaces to Stow
Greg Luckett's Cockpit Tent
Wally Riddle’s Keel- Centering Trailer Bracket Nahant-to-Marblehead for hauling out
Bringing Wally Riddle’s C-22 “Carpe Diem” around
Wally Riddle's Tarp-Cover Frame Chuck Bennett’s Bimini Top
Bayard Gross’s Custom Interior Storage     (PDF) Bayard Gross’s Mainsheet Swivel Cam     (PDF)
The Sweet/Lange Mast-Raising System Carlos Prieto's #1638 arrives in Santiago, Chile
Kim Kiesling's Homemade C22 Self-Steering Russ Hauser's Mast Step Pin
Brian Parkinson's 1969 C22 - Hull #3 - "Tiger" Louis Plaisance's "Gabriel Pins" (for turnbuckles)
My Dyer Dhow Dinghy Mini-Project My “New” Beacon Linx Dinghy
Salem to Lynn;  Wally Riddle's maiden cruise
of “Rocinante,” an Alerion 28
Launching Mike Sullivan's "Carpe Diem"
June 14, 2007
Catalina 22 Mid-Winter Regatta
February 23-26, 2006 - Sanford, Florida
Other Catalina 22 Links
Boating experiences from my past incarnation
Even Song - Idle Hours II - Yankee Girl
Response by Rich Fox. Commodore
Catalina 22 National Sailing Association
to Practical Sailor magazine

concerning its review of C22s  

Don's, John's, and Chip's Great Adventure
Oregon's Don Woodhouse ("Togarty")
bicycles cross-country to come sailing

August 16-18, 2009

Happy Birthday “Chief Hiawatha Frostbite”!
Sailing Season ‘08 is over ...
even for John Graichen and Malacass
December 6, 2008
The Chip Ahoy/Malacass Rendezvous and Photo Shoot
June 8, 2008
The Chip Ahoy/Carpe Diem Rendezvous and Photo Shoot
July 2, 2005
Columbus Day Weekend 2008 Photo Rendezvous
Chip Ahoy and Malacass
October 12-13, 2008
Barbara's Family Sails Aboard Chip Ahoy
June 6, 2005
Barbara's  Son,  Grandson  Sail  Aboard  Malacass
July 22, 2007



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Tides for the Massachusetts Coast

Tides for Salem Harbor
*  Tide times do not account for Daylight Saving Time.

Tides for the North Shore

Aerial Views of Chip Ahoy's Home Port
An Aerial Introduction to Chip Ahoy's Homeport & Mooring Area
(Courtesy of brother John and his Les Vants Aerial Photos business!)

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A Chart View of Chip Ahoy's Port

Salem Sound Charts Page

Local (Interactive) Nautical Chart


Marblehead Scenes
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Custom Rubber & Gaskets

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