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

The never-ending project to fill my hole in the ocean while bailing it out

Brian Parkinson's Number 3 - “Tiger”

When Brian Parkinson of Illinois applied to be subscribed to the discussion group, many of us were surprised when he wrote that he had hull #3, the third Catalina 22 ever manufactured, in 1969.  One of the guys in the group. David Bergevin ("BADAM") wrote:

"He may have a potential gold mine in his hands.  I bet [Catalina Yachts] would swap a Sport 22 for it straight up."

Rich Fox ("SeDepecher"), commodore of the C22NSA, noted:

"Hull #3 was built in 1969. Only a small number of boats were actually built in 1969.  This hull is probably the first fin keel built."

Bob Thomas (1989 wing keel) added:

"I saw hull #1 about 2 or 3 years ago at Catalina Yachts in Woodland Hills, CA. It was light blue and white and looked brand new. It had the early style keel pivot pin which was the first time I had seen that design."

That night Brian sent along a batch of photos he'd taken of "Tiger," and wrote:

Thanks for letting me join up, I've followed the discussion on Nos. 1, 2 and my 3.  Here it is, took the pics this morning.

The boat had been parked out back of a neighbor's barn for several years, belonged to his son who lives in California.  Somehow the thing got trailered here to Illinois.  The father, at 90-something years of age, decided he was tired of mowing around it; another son knew I sailed and called me up and asked me to get rid of it.

I thought it would make a fun playhouse for my daughter if I dug it into my yard at a nice angle of heel, surrounded by blue petunias with some ripples of white flowers to be the whitecaps.  When I saw it was in decent shape I thought maybe I would instead take it down to Florida, mess around with a sailing buddy for a few weeks next winter, then get blown off course to Cuba so I could maybe meet Fidel before he kicked off and the island fell into the wicked clutches of capitalism, have a story to tell my grandkids.  Then I would leave the boat for any wannabe Americans and just fly home via Mexico City.

Next I started nosing around the several C22 sites here on the Internet to discover the boat class has quite a following -- I've probably crossed paths with C22's on Lake Michigan and never really paid much attention other than noticing the pleasant lines of the boat.

Brian Parkinson
1969 C-22 #3 - "Tiger"
Reynolds, Illinois

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