The Mustang 22 is a twenty-foot sailboat that was designed as a day-sailor/racer. In appearance it’s very close to a Cal 20, which is a well known one-design racing class boat popular in the USA. The Mustang 22 was designed by Martin Bludworth, a famous sailboat designer and racer who competed in Olympic sailing in the 1960s.
The Mustang 22 was built by PlasTrend Inc., which later became Composite Technologies Inc. in Ft. Worth, Texas. The Mustang 22 is very similar to a PlasTrend 22 1/4 ton sailboat (or PT-22 ¼ ). There were about forty Mustang 22’s ever built.
The Mustang 22 is a recreational keelboat, built predominantly of fiberglass. It has a fractional sloop rig or optional masthead sloop rig; a spooned, raked stem; a raised counter, reverse transom, an internally mounted spade-type rudder controlled by a tiller and a fixed stub keel with a split bulb, with a retractable centerboard, which is raised and lowered by a winch. It displaces 1,950 lb (885 kg) and carries 750 lb (340 kg) of ballast.
The boat has a draft of 5.25 ft (1.60 m) with the centerboard extended and 2.33 ft (0.71 m) with it retracted, allowing operation in shallow water or ground transportation on a trailer.
The boat is normally fitted with a small 3 to 6 hp (2 to 4 kW) outboard motor for docking and maneuvering.
The design has sleeping accommodation for four people, with a double “V”-berth in the bow cabin, a straight settee on the port side in the main cabin and an aft quarter berth on the port side. The galley is located on both sides just aft of the bow cabin. The optional galley may be equipped with a stove and a sink. The head is in the bow cabin under the “V”-berth. Cabin headroom is 44 in (112 cm).
For sailing downwind the design may be equipped with a symmetrical spinnaker.
The design has a PHRF racing average handicap of 225 and a hull speed of 5.5 kn (10.2 km/h).