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The World's leading one design sailmaker is proud to have the Catalina 22 class benefit from our expertise. North quality is the gauge all other sailmaker use. Our computerized production process assures you will receive the same sails as the champions use. The Catalina 22 class is the largest one design in America. Many of the class members, however, do not race. We estimate about 15-20% of the 2,100 race. As the result, we offer both race and coastal sails.  

All-Purpose Regatta Mainsail

The North All-Purpose Catalina 22 Regatta Mainsail is built from 5.4 ounce Dacron with a firm finish. It takes full advantage of the class' maximum dimensions.

The Regatta Mainsail features:
  • Radial reinforcements
  • Cunningham
  • Shelf foot
  • Tapered battens
  • Sail numbers
  • Catalina 22 insignia
  • Roll bag
  • Reef points are optional

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Coastal Mainsail

The North Coastal Mainsail is your choice for cruising and daysailing. It's our economical alternative to the AP racing mainsail. The only difference between the two is that we use a wider slightly less expensive cloth for the Coastal series main.

The Coastal Mainsail is cut from the same pattern as the AP ensuring a fast shape.

The Coastal mainsail features:
  • Radial reinforcements
  • Cunningham
  • Shel foot
  • Tapered battens
  • Sail numbers
  • Catalina 22 insignia
  • Roll bag
  • Reef points are optional

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Regatta Genoa

The Catalina 22 Regatta Genoa is our flat out racing genoa. Made from "Diax" diagonally reinforced cloth, the Regatta Genoa is built for speed and to last.

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Class Jib

The North Catalina 22 Class Jib is used in winds above 18 knots. Not everyone wants to sail in such heavy wind so we've worked to make the Class jib very easy to use. Made of strong, heavy cloth the class jib will last for many years.

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Coastal Jib

The Catalina 22 Coastal jib is an economical choice for non-race purposes.

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Radial Spinnaker

The new North Radial Spinnaker is a true all around performer. Its radial construction ensures the highest durability. It is an easy sail to trim and is perfect for the less experienced trimmer.

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Genoa Tracks: We have found it a huge advantage to install inboard genoa lead tracks. These should be 2-3' long centered on the aft edge of the cabin. The track should be 2" out from the intersection of the deck and the side of the cabin. Before drilling make sure you have access underneath the deck for bolting down the track. Be careful of wiring for deck lights.

Shroud Rollers: A good idea to improve tacking is to install shroud rollers on the upper and forward lower shrouds. Install 36" rollers on the forward lowers and 12" rollers on the upper shrouds.

Adjustable Backstay: In order to properly control the shape of the genoa and mainsail it is a big help to have a easily adjustable and fairly powerful backstay. Give us a call or refer to back issues of the "Mainsheet" for ideas how to set one up.

Mast Tuning (Before Sailing)

First loosen shrouds until they are somewhat loose.

Mast Rake: The mast rake is probably the single most important element of tuning your boat. Note the mast rake should vary from fixed to swing keels with swing keels having slightly less rake.

Start with boat sitting on its lines in the water. Hang a weight from the end of the main halyard and cleat off halyard with weight and shackle 12" below the boom. Measure distance from the aft face of the mast to where the halyard crosses the boom. This measurement should be 8" for fixed keels, 6-7" for swing keels. Adjust the headstay turnbuckle to achieve desired measurement.

Tighten backstay until snug, no slack. Remove weight from halyard, attach a tape measure to halyard and haul to top of mast. Measure from side to side tightening or loosening upper shrouds until mast is centered.

Now start tightening upper shrouds until they have show 28 on the gauge. Tighten forward lowers until they show 24 on the gauge. Tighten aft lowers until they are 24 on the gauge too. To measure shroud tension use a Loos Model A Tension Gauge (See Tension Gauge Conversion Chart). The end result here is to have the mast straight fore and aft with a small amount of rake to give the boat some "bite" upwind.

Now you're ready to go sailing!

Mast Tuning (On the Water)

Sailing upwind with moderate backstay on, sight up the backside of the mast checking that it is straight. Tighten or loosen lower shrouds until mast is straight side-to-side. Your mast is now tuned for moderate winds. The reason for checking the mast while sailing is that the shrouds will stretch slightly under load. We want to make sure the mast is straight, especially side-to-side, under sail.

Sail Trim

Light Air (0-8 knots)

Main: Outhaul should be tensioned so clew is 1-2" in from band. Cunningham/halyard should be loose so there are horizontal wrinkles coming off mast.

Traveler should be centered or slightly to windward. Adjust main sheet tension so top telltale is flying 90% of the time. Note: Top batten will be slightly outboard of parallel to boom, this may be impossible in very light wind.

Genoa: Tension genoa halyard so that there is a hint of wrinkles in the luff. Be careful not to over tension. Adjust genoa lead fore and aft so luff breaks evenly (roughly 30" forward of deck drain). If top telltales luff first, move car forward. If bottom telltales luff first, move car back.

Backstay should be adjusted so you have about 6" of forestay say.

Upwind, trim your sail so it is approximately 4-6" away from the end of the spreader.

Moderate Air

Main: Pull foot out to band-traveler in center. Tension mainsheet so top telltale flies 70% of time; top batten will be parallel or slightly in board of parallel. This helps to generate power. Tension main halyard/ cunningham to just remove horizontal wrinkles in luff.

Genoa: Trim sheet so sail is 2-3" from end of spreader. Tension backstay to medium setting. This will straighten headstay and slightly flatten sail (3-4" of sag). If sailing in waves and chop, move genoa lead forward 1-2 holes to generate more power.

Heavy Air

Outhaul out to band - max tight. Tension halyard or cunningham hard to keep draft forward. Tension aft lower shrouds to keep mast from bending too much. Backstay on very tight. Top batten should be outside of parallel. Traveler should be dropped to leeward all the way. Tension the vang tight enough so that the boom does not go up when the mainsheet is eased. This will allows you to "vang sheet" to keep boat on its feet. Remember, flat is fast. Play the mainsheet aggressively in the puffs to keep the boat flat.

Genoa: Tighten halyard quite tight to keep draft forward. Move lead 1-2 holes aft of light air position. Trim sail so it is 3-4" off end of spreader. Tighten backstay very tight to make headstay as straight as possible and flatten sail. 

*Please note that the above trim settings should be taken as starting points only. These are meant to show the range of settings from light to heavy air. We have found it useful to keep a logbook every time we go sailing to note fast settings or ideas.

For tuning help contact the Catalina 22 experts.
Contact the Catalina 22 experts:
Alex Camet
(619) 226-1415 Work
(619) 224-7018 Fax
Brian Hayes
(203) 783-4238 Work
(203) 877-6942 Fax
Ched Proctor
(203) 783-4239 Work
(203) 877-6942 Fax
Chris Snow
(619) 226-1415 Work
(619) 224-7018 Fax