C-DORY 22 CRUISER
Draft (max.) 2'4"
Displacement (lbs., approx.; w/o engine) 1,925
Transom deadrise 2°
Max. cabin headroom 6'2"
Fuel capacity (gal.) 46
Price (w/75-hp Honda) $44,695
This boat is stunningly well equipped with everything you need for a weekend getaway: single-burner stove, 20-gallon freshwater system (foot pump activated), windshield wipers, and a portable MSD. This is one of the smallest boats with a true pilothouse. Four can cruise in comfort whether it's raining, snowing, or blowing. Inexpensive black plastic trim, simple one-color cushions, and visible wiring chases mean it's not a boat for those who need to impress.
This unusually light boat needs an unusually small powerplant, and the economy shows. It's the only boat in the fleet to top 5 mpg, and even at WOT fuel economy is way ahead of the rest. On the flip side, speeds are lackluster, and although the nearly flat hull design is extremely efficient, it can't go fast in rough water. When you back off on the throttles and keep the V of the bow in the water, however, the ride is excellent.
In the cabin, teak trim work and cabinet-ry of phenolic veneer over marine ply is plain but solid and easy to maintain. The hull, deck, and hardtop are balsa cored, which explains the boat's light weight. The deck is bonded to the hull while the hull is in the mold, ensuring a solid, seemless fit. Interior and exterior fabrics are Sunbrella. The quality of hardware and fittings is surprisingly high considering the boat's low cost.
HIGHS & LOWS
HIGHS Tops the efficiency charts with a low-power, low-cost outboard. Full wheelhouse offers plenty of protection for all. Surprisingly low price, even with that long standard list. Its light weight means it's easy to tow.
LOWS Flat bottom design won't let you zoom through rough seas. Big cabin reduces cockpit space. Interior is plain. With its small outboard, top-end speeds are low by today's standards.