Mustang 22 Sailboat
About the Mustang 22
The Mustang 22 Sailboat is also known as the Plas-Trend 22 or PT-22. The boat was originally designed as a day sailer/racer and featured an unusual bulb keel with a retractable centerboard stored inside the keel. In appearance the boat is similar to a Cal 20.
The Mustang 22 was designed by Martin Bludworth, sail maker, boat designer, and an avid sailor. In the 1960's Bludworth was a very successful competative sailor. In the 1970's, Bludworth was instrumental in creating the successful Texas Inland Racing Circuit, featuring boats under 28' that raced well on Galveston Bay. Bludworth is also known for creating the successful Gulf Coast boats, Inc, partnering with Earl Maudlin.
The Mustang 22 was manufactured in Texas between 1965-1973 by PlasTrend Corporation. PlasTrend Corporation was founded by Andy Green and located in Ft. Worth, Texas USA. The name was changed to Composite Technologies and then Island Yacht Corp, when the company was sold in the mid 1970's.
There were approximately forty Mustang 22's manufactured. All total, PlastTred Corporation built approximately 3,000 boats between the 60's and 70's. At the time the Mustang 22, retailed for $3,600 which included a fully rigged boat and trailer.
The cockpit is more than seven feet long, and that coupled with the flush decks, gives the boat a low sleek appearance. Inside the boat there are sleeping arrangements for two people forward in the 8ft v-berth, and two additional quarter berths on the port and starboard side. Some boats had a portable head, and a small sink amid ships. The boat bears a fractional masthead rig that supports 197 square feet of sail. The mast is stepped to a stainless steel hinge, and requires two people to step. The centerboard weighs 150 pounds and the bulb keel weighs 750 pounds. The Mustang 22 draws just 28" with the centerboard up. In total, the boat weighs about 2,000 pounds.
According to Andy Green, PlasTrend Corporation was formed in the 1960's and existed until about 1973. During that time, they made about 6-8 different sailboats. The total number of boats produced during that time was less than 3,000 sailboats. Most of their boats were small (under 20 ft), Olympic class competition sailboats such as: Tempest, Solings, and "the 420". He stated that this part of their business was responsible for about 1,000+ boats built over the life of the company. Some of the small boats competed in the Olympics and were very successful medal winners. The remaining boats constructed by the company were the: Mustang 22, PT-22 ¼, PT-30, PT-34, Pt-36, and PT-42.
According to Andy Green, the Mustang 22 was designed sometime in the 1960's by Martin Bludworth. To see historical documents click here. At the time, Bludworth was aware of the Cal 20 sailboat and it’s following in racing circles. He approached Green and others and said that he could design a sailboat faster than the Cal 20 for competion.
Bludworth took the Cal 20 design and extended it slightly, creating the Mustang 22. PlasTrend then took the Mustang 22 and competed in Yachting Magazine’s “One-of-a-kind-Race” sometime in the late 1960’s. This race occurred in Miami. They won by a large margin, and then duplicated the success by competing again in another race in Chicago. The boat was exceptionally fast, and could go to weather very well with the centerboard down. The boat won race after race and repeatedly beat larger boats. Said Green: “You could race against larger boats that were dropped in against you, and you would be sailing…she would put her nose down in a wind… and pretty soon you would pass right by them. She was just very fast.”
PlasTrend attempted to modify the Mustang 22 so the boat could compete in ¼ Ton class sailboat racing. Thus the PT-22 ¼ ton was born, but was not ultimately successful. According to Green, the Mustang 22 and the PT-22 ¼ share the same hull, with the exception of a small extension to the hull waterline on the PT-22 ¼. This “shelf” was designed to try and extend the wetted surface of the hull. The deck has a slightly raised coach roof to meet racing requirements.
Teacher Bill Wallace from Houston, sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in his Mustang 22. From Wallace’s Houston Chronicle Obituary: “ In June 1967, in his Mustang racing sloop Hesper, equipped with a radio receiver but no transmitter, Wallace left Marion, Mass., and sailed alone into the Atlantic. After the initial excitement and fear wore off, the adventure seemed "just plain dull," Wallace said. "I don't want to confuse boredom with loneliness. I've been lonelier in my bachelor apartment, or in the lobby of a concert hall." On Aug. 4, 1967, Wallace and the Hesper docked at Plymouth, England. Upon landing, Wallace said, he headed for a pub and downed a pint of beer.”
To read about Bill Wallace sailing across the Atlantic, click here.
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