Summary of the Jaguar 22
The Jaguar 22 was designed
by Frank Butler of Catalina Yachts, USA., in 1969 as the Catalina 22, &
is still in production in modified form today. That alone speaks volumes
for the design. Under the name of Jaguar, they were built as the first of
a line, by Eric Birch of Canvey Island, from the 1970s to the early 1980s.
It is thought that 1534 were built.
As with the 27 & 25, chop
stand mat & orthophthalic resins with inner moulding that provides the
base for the furniture. The coach roof is balsa cored, & as such can
suffer depression under the mast. The deck stepped mast is supported by
a kingpost below.
Keel is a swing keel lifted
by a winch in the companion way. Some also had glass fibre skegs bolted
on to protect the hull when drying out.
Masthead rig, with fore &
aft lowers, all set well inboard. Sail handling is at the mast, & many
originally would have had boom roller reefing.. The mainsheet is taken to
a horse across the transom. Many rigs by now will incorporate various sail
A compact V double berth &
infill forward under which, thwartships is the infamous sea toilet, whilst
gloriously simple, had no seacock, & if the base breaks will flood the
boat. Needless to say many will have been replaced! Coming aft on the port
side is a half bulkhead, & a dinette that drops to form a small double
berth, opposite of which is seating/long berth.
Where the ¼ berth might have
been is a clever sliding galley-predating Pegasus boats by several
years-which comes over ½ the starboard berth, & inc a sink &
usually an excellent 2 burner meths stove. (Origo). Headroom is 4’ 9",
topped by a very large hatch that opens the aft end of the saloon right
She has plenty of stowage,
& a very long cockpit,with a transom hung rudder.
4-6hp longshaft outboard
on transom bracket.
These are truly "little
ships", offering surprising accommodation in such a small boat, &
excellent coastal sailing. The deep ballasted keel provides stiffness &
bite when sailing to windward, indeed I have sailed in the short chop of
the east coast in the bottom of a f6 under full sail.(Not recommended, but
she’ll do it!) This boat will inspire confidence in the novice. Also, downwind
sailing is enhanced by lifting the keel which still provides directional
grip as it lies outside the hull.