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

Carlos Prieto's #1638 arrives in Santiago, Chile
December 18, 2006

Carlos is a member-subscriber of the Catalina 22 Discussion Group

Big day. Everything turned out well. I think it was a real success. Nobody could confirm and assure me that it was possible to fit a C22 inside a 40 ft HC container. Together with my forwarder in Miami I took the risk. It fit like a hand in a glove. Had to disassemble the trailer axle. Boat was pushed in and out supported in wood blocks. Big risk. Then in order to share the ride, I bought and shipped about 1000 boxes of lubricant which were suggested by a lubricant dealer to which I sold them back in order have a full container load instead of a consolidated load which is double cost.... With this combined cargo I reduced the boat freight cost from 8k of a ro-ro vessel to 2.5k. And this is a transcontinental trip that enables me to have my boat in the very extensive coasts and lakes of Chile, way way down in South America. I am very happy it worked. The enclosed photos show this rare operation.

My boat number is 1638. According to a log of numbers I saw in a C22 site this should be a 1971 or 1972 boat. The transom shows no number engraved at all. The stainless steel plate indicates model C22 and serial number 1638.

This is the end of the phantom boat story expecting a cheap ride to Chile... It worked and I will be happy to tell anybody else interested the details.

Best regards,

Carlos Prieto
no name still
(Subsequently named "Alter Ego")
Sail #1638
Santiago, Chile

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