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Cal 33
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Description: Cal 33
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Location: maryland
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Review Date: Mon March 24, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have had a very positive experience with the Cal 33.

Our boat was lightly sailed by the original owner, for a short annual season up north. It had no blisters - I put a barrier coat on during our first winter as a preventative measure (we've had the boat 2 years).

Structurally, it is very solid. Decks are firm - I'm a heavy guy and detect no deflection at all. Same goes for the topsides, which by-the-way exhibit almost no print-through, reflecting what appears to be very good quality glass work throughout.

Systems are generally pretty good - above average for a coastal cruiser. Quality is good throughout. Yanmar 3GM30 diesel is a great engine. I've put a Flex-O-Fold prop on it, which seems to be working well.

That said, there have been the usual sort of maintenance items for a 10 year old boat, particularly since the original owner was pretty minimalist when it came to maintenance and upgrades.

I had to grind out and fill/glass-in a void in the rudder when I bought the boat - it appeared to be an original defect. No problems since.

Original instruments on the boat were Standard Horizon (Depth, Wind and Speed). They are pure junk, in my opinion. I'm going to replace the whole lot next haulout. Look for a boat with more modern, quality instrumentation if possible.

Even with a blown-out old jib, we tack through close to 90 degrees. With a new jib it should do even better (I do have a new fully-battened main which works great on this boat). The boat tracks pretty well to windward - fairly lively, with good feel, though it requires concentration to keep it in the groove. Overall I'm very pleased with with the boat's performance, especially given it's shoal draft. We blow away almost every racer/cruiser in our size/displacement range without much effort.

I'm installing a new Harken furler - the original Hood unit on the boat (continuous loop Sea Furl LD) is prone to jamming, and doesn't pre-tension the center part of the luff when reefing. Rigging-wise I also plan to install a solid vang and backstay adjuster. Overall the spars and rigging seem very good. Shroud sizes are robust, and fittings are strongly attached on both the spars and hull.

Down below, I replaced the waste tank with a 24 gallon tank under the V-berth, to extend the time interval between pumpouts, and since the original was seeping a bit and pretty odiferous (replaced all the waste hose with high quality stuff at the same time - highly recommend this!).

My Lewmar hatches are crazed, and need the plexiglass (Lexan?) replaced.

The Beckson opening ports are mounted on a tilt, and dump water into the cabin when you open them. I've bought 4 "Rain Drain" models to replace them (so far, I've only gotten around to replacing one - it did solve the problem).

These things aside, this is a great boat, just right for our family of four - the perfect blend of speed and cruising comfort, in a manageable size. We sail the coastal sounds of North Carolina, and pop outside occasionally. We plan to take it on both northeast and Bahamian cruises, and have full confidence in the boat.

3/99 update: We discovered numerous blisters (albeit small ones) on our boat when we hauled last fall. This is a disappointment as we had applied Interprotect 3000 (3 coats) in 1995 to a blister-free boat which had dried out for several winter months on the hard. The bilge is usually dry, so I don't think the moisture came from the inside.

Of course, the boat went from short northern seasons in cold water before we bought her, to continuous in-the-water for 2 seasons-at-a-time warm water use the last two years (she had been hauled every winter, even here in NC, prior to the Spring-97 to Winter-99 in-water stretch just completed - I could feel the blisters on the hull for the first time when I scrubbed the hull in the water in Spring of '98).

We will have to monitor these blisters to make sure they aren't growing in size. The consensus seems to be almost all warm water boats will eventually get them, and to not worry about them if they remain under dime size. I do plan to haul the boat out for a few months on the hard each winter from here on out to keep an eye on the blistering, and hopefully to keep the hull saturation level to a minimum.

On a more positive note, we've made some other updates. Added items:

Autohelm ST4000 Plus Autopilot - This has been a mediocre performer at best. It has been unable to steer a very steady course (wanders up to 5 degrees either side of desired course) even under power on relatively calm seas. I've replaced the control head once, without much improvement. I'd love to hear from other owners of Cal 33's who've installed one of these, to see if they've had any better results.

Cruising laminate 150% genoa on Harken Furler - The boat moves nicely in light air with this jib.

Polyester Asymmetrical Spinnaker - works great in the light stuff, all the way up to a close reach.

Sailtec Hydraulic backstay adjuster - Highly recommended for mainsail control and headstay tension adjustment.

About the only other hardware I'd like to add abovedecks is 1) a solid vang and 2) line control genoa cars. I'm considering going with Garheuer for both these.


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Review Date: Tue December 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased in February 1998 from original owner. Boat was purchased and sailed out of Cleveland for 10 years then moved to Chesapeake Bay. The 6' draft causes some problem on the Bay, but overall satisfaction is very high. She has new sails with full batten main and 130 genoa. Original Hood continous line furler still functions well.

Performance under sail is outstanding, a real thoroughbred. Accomodations are very comfortable for up to 2 couples for extending period of bay cruising. I have had numerous comments regarding the beauty of this boat in the short time that I have owned her.








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Review Date: Wed January 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Tall rigged Sloop. Cruises and races well. Very roomy lay-out below. Prettiest girl at the dance .
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Review Date: Sat February 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased the boat in September of 1998 from Milford Boat Works. Her name is "Satisfaction" and is a spacious, beautiful boat. We are the third owner.
This is our first sail boat and we intend to overnight cruise within Long Island Sound this season. Have a family of six, so space within cabin was important. She sails beautifully, even in light winds and is easy to handle.
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Review Date: Mon May 10, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased this boat in 1991 from a neglectful owner who had ignored it for at least 2 years. A couple of seasons nursing it back to health has returned it to it's original beauty and given us a family boat that serves both as a weekend "floating camp" and as a competitive racer for our club's Wednesday night races here on Lake Champlain in Vermont. Having sailed the boat in all kinds of weather I'm very impressed with both quality of construction and seaworthiness. This one has been a freshwater boat for its entire life, shows no blisters on her bottom, and often elicits comments from people on the dock who can't believe it's a 14 year old boat. In the past few years we've replaced all sails, and added a dodger, and an Autohelm ST 4000+ autopilot. The autopilot has performed well, generally steering a truer course than I'm capable of maintaining by hand. All in all, this is a great boat for
anyone who wants to cruise comfortably and still be competitive around the bouys.






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Review Date: Sat January 8, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Third Cal. Owned 225 and 86- 28. The 33 shoal,is a very roomy,very nice coastal crusier. I have replaced the lexsan in the hatches and installed a transom shower. I plan on buying a full roach, full batt, main to go with my 135% jib. I think the big main is the way to go on this type of boat. I have fixed many problems on this and other Cals, Like leaking dorads, and would be glade to pass on info
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Review Date: Tue August 26, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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My wife and I bought this boat about 2 years ago. We have been very pleased with our purchase. We are the 4th owners.

I have replaced the old Hood roller furling with a newer Hood double line drive. I never did like the old single line drive which would jam and let loose very easily.

The Yanmar 3gmf has been a great motor. We have just completed a two month trip on the boat which the engine behaved beautifully.

The opening ports (4) need to be replaced because everytime we open them after a rain, we get a gusher of water that had not drained (wrong angle drains).

The boat does seem to be sensitive to weight in the stern. Has any one else noticed this characteristic?

The owner before me added a 450 lb. bulb built by the original keel builder "MARS" to the keel to copensate for the radar placement on the mast. I would like to remove this. Does anyone feel that the boat is tender?

I also am planning to replace the fixed portlights in the main salon. They look like they are made of plexiglass. I will replace them with Lexan. Does anyone know the thickness of these ports?

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Review Date: Tue June 8, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have had the boat for 20 years. It sails well and tracks well. We are interested in any others and their experience with this model.
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Registered: December 2003
Review Date: Sun November 21, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I purchased this boat three years ago and have been very pleased.

The boat came equiped with A/C, hydralic backstay adjuster,Auto Helm ST 4000 auto pilot, Loran and many other extras.

I installed a Nexus depth,speed and wind package. This installation has not been the great system as advertised. The depth unit has never worked properly, even with much help from Nexus.

The boat sails great with a 135 Genoa and standard batten main. I plan on buying a fully batten main next year. I have sailed this boat offshore along the Texas cost and raced the last three years in the Harvest Moon Regatta, a 150 mile race down the coast.

The boat is not overly tender and I have sailed in 30 knot winds and 10 ft seas with reefed main and working jib. The boat handled very well but the ride is wet. The decks could use a better drainage system. The teak toe rail is mounted on a rubber pad. This along with the minimun scuppers allows water to drain back to the stern and flow over into the cockpit in rough seas.

The prop shaft is set at an angle to allow the shaft to be removed with out dropping the rudder. This causes a lot of load on the wheel when under power. In fact the auto pilot has trouble overcoming this load. The autopilot works well under sail but did require tuning of the settings to get the proper control.

As I said I am very pleased with the boat as she sails great and is an eye pleaser.

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