10 comments on “C-Dory 22 Angler: A Boat for Alaska

  1. Interesting stories with beautiful photos. I’m thinking of getting a C-dory. A friend has one and I’ve gone out for several weekend trips. Great boat really. I understand why people don’t like them because I’ve been out in a same sized Olympic and had twice the comfortable ride but at twice the fuel cost. I think they handle great in the ocean, yes a little poundy in the chop. I would like a dry-deck too. The newer ones I think are dry. Cheers!

    • Most things in life are compromises between competing wants. When you find something that fits just right, it’s gold. Our C-Dory 22 Angler is one of those things. Our hearts sing every time we board this vessel. We shopped a lot of boats – Olympics, Arimas, Grady Whites, and many others. And I’ll grant you, the C-Dory’s aren’t for everyone. But if someone were to give us a different boat – bigger, smaller, faster, something with more doo-dads – it would remain tied to the dock while we continue to take our Angler out on the water or hitch it up and tow it to the next destination. The hull construction is sound, the layout is simple. It’s the easiest ocean-capable boat to trailer we know of. The amount of storage space in the pilot house is amazing, the overhead and the cuddy cabin (sleeping berth) provide enough room for a guy of my height (6’ 1” to be comfortable) and there’s something about the quiet manner in which this boat slips through the water that makes it a salmon catching machine. Many days we’ve come in with limits while even the guides – in their larger boats – were still scratching around.

      It’s like our Lance 845 camper. You couldn’t give us another RV. With the Lance on our trusty Chevy 2500, we can park anywhere, go anywhere, and the way we live, it’s plenty of room. Others would feel cramped in the space. We luxuriate in the options the small space creates. We’ve had our C-Dory up river in water too shallow for most 16’ open V-haul fishing boats. We’ve trailered it up and down the Al-Can highway without incident 6 times now. I wouldn’t want to try that with a Grady White. It bounces in chop. True enough. So you back off the throttle. I’ll tell you a negative hardly anyone talks about. C-Dories, with their shallow keel and high profile can be tough to dock in even light wind. But man, they are a joy to camp in, the Angler is a joy to fish from, they are a breeze to clean up, no ocean-capable boat trailers more easily… It really comes down to the individual matter of what a person wants in a boat. It’s fun to dream about boats though…

      • yeah, thanks for the reply. The ease in getting it on off the trailer at launch too. Another friend of mine has a 24′ North River inboard jet, what a beast to handle at the launch, and you can’t even really sleep in it or cook a meal in it!

        • saw your photo on the truck and camper website too, nice set up. I keep threatening my wife with that exact vision. Not sure she’s up for it, but if there’s a head maybe even shower available might seal the deal.

        • We really appreciate the shower in the Lance camper. And on the C-Dory, although you can have a Wallace stove installed, we just have a portable Coleman 2-burner stove. The setup works fine and from what I’ve read is probably less hassle than the Wallace. Anyway, good luck!

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