Owner's Review for 1986 Dockrell 22

 

     
  Author: Vitae Bergman

     
 

I've owned this boat for two seasons. Sailed her in the Chesapeake Bay and in Southwest Florida waters. A trailer-boat [2000 pounds], easy to haul, easy to launch. Mast is extra strong for a 22, so heavy I had to learn how to rig it for raising single-handed. Two people can't raise it and three people get in the way. With block and tackle and gin pole, I can crank the mast up using the winch quite easily.

Sails well in light winds. Well footed in heavy winds. I've sailed her in 35 mile winds...with a single reef in main and head sail rolled up a bit. Main has two reefs.

A centerboard keel situation, much like the O'Day 222. Draft with board up 18" according to specs, but I have discovered that, what with supplies etc., boat actually requires at least two feet of water to float in. Board down, 3'9". I've gone aground a few times, but with boat hook, easy to push off.

A well for outboard, thus prop is forward of rudder and stays in the water...always.

Roomy interior. Enclosed head [imagine] starboard; galley port [pressure alcohol stove, one burner, sink with foot pump, six gallon supply, both set side by side] with standing headroom [in this model #205 hull] due to the boat having a dog house built over the companionway, closed in by two doors.

Forward of standing room section...two seats, starboard and port, with a fixed table, folding leafs on each side. Forward of this a huge v-berth...very comfortable for two. Locker space abounds. Two cockpit lazarettes, very roomy. Port side can hold the outboard.

Boat is strongly made, four bulkheads keep the hull from being squashed. Hull is reinforced in many strategic places. Heavy rigging, stanchions, cleats, etc.

In short, I believe she can be sailed across the open seas.

Haven't seen another Dockrell 22 ever. Have learned of only one other owner, a man in Holland.

If you find one, give it a try...and let me know.