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Boat Reviews By Owners

1981 -- 22' 8" LAGUNA

Model: Balboa 22

Cockpit: Medium size cockpit with comfortable seating. Nice large rear locker that is drained through the stern. High, Self bailing cockpit. Very dry cockpit.

Cabin: No standing room unless you raise pop-top. Will sleep four, but it is tight with four. We have two adults and two children and works fine for now. The interior is still original fabric on cushions, looks a lot like couches from the 1980's. We will recover the cushions someday. The table makes down into a bed. The table is the only disappointing thing about the boat construction, it is pressed wood product and has warped. I will be remaking a new table with Teak or Mohagony trim in the future. All other wood is original.

Construction: This boat is very well built. The fiberglass is hand laid and well done. The decks are very sturdy and the non-skid surfaces are well done and well placed. This is a basic boat without a lot of frills, but it is an easy boat for the owner to maintain and improve. The electrical system is very well done, mine is still original with running, anchor, and cockpit lighting that was working fine. The switch panel even has a spare switch that another accessory can be connected to. Displacement is approximately 2000 lbs. I tow with a Dodge Grand Caravan with a 3.3L six cyl. Does fine, but more power on hills would be advisable.

Handling: This is where this boat is outstanding. It will move in very light winds very nicely. The GPS has showed that we do 3- 5 MPH in just a breeze. She firms nicely with the swing keel down. A good heal for her is about 15 - 20 degrees. A very balanced helm. No weather helm or lee helm, however, she does turn up into the wind if you let go of the tiller but it does take 5 - 10 seconds to begin turning up after letting go of the tiller. Definitely does not jump to weather the second you release the tiller. I had to add a leading edge to the rudder. When I got the boat, the leading edge had been removed or broken off at the laminated joint. I guessed at the size and shape, but it turned out to be a good guess or the boat is very forgiving. I use her on lakes only, but I purchased from a gentleman in San Diego that used her in the ocean. Because of the low trailer, she is very easy to launch and retrieve.

Engine Room: I use a British Seagull model 75 long shaft built in 1979. This is approx. equal to a 5 HP. Pushes it very nicely and is super dependable and almost industructable. Looks wise though, it is in a class of its own. They are a very simple engine that has no fancy covers or dressings. Just good motor made of cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum. Starts on second pull initially regardless, then once warmed up restarts on first pull. Mine has a clutch, but I wish that it had F-N-R. The reverse would be handy at times.

General Comments: This boat has really beautiful lines and looks. I love the balboa 22, she is not made anymore. She is best suited for coastal and inland lake waters. We camp on board for short trips. Not a live aboard boat. She is very forgiving but has nice performance. Draws a little over a foot of water, so you can raise the keel and haul rudder and run up on your favorite beach. The only thing that might be nice is a kick up rudder so that you wouldn't have to haul the rudder when retrieving or beaching.

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Date Submitted: 2000-12-23

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