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Cal 21
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Description: Cal 21
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Review Date: Thu September 19, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Design-swing keel, trailerable 7/8ths rig sloop
Features- large cockpit, low profile hull, launch in shallow water.
Strenghts- sails well in light air, trials behind medium sized car, large **** pit comfortable for four adults.
weakness- limited interior space, keel bolt maintenance(leaky)
Overall a great daysailer, but don't try to sleep on it for too long.
For more info visit- http://marina.fortunecity.com/caledonia/230/home.html


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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sat January 11, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very well built, strong hull old MORC racer design. Sails very well and we think, is easy to launch in shallow water. It could use a little more room below but know it wasn't designed for anything but daysailing.


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Review Date: Wed October 15, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The Cal 21 is a basic sloop design using a swing keel, making it trailerable and launchable in shallow water. The draft with the keel up is less than a foot and 4'3" down. The settee bunks extend under the cockpit and the v-berth is forward of the bulkhead area containing the chemical toilet.
There is very limited storage space (that remains dry). The boat leaks quite a bit around the pivot for the keel and is difficult to access. I hope to correct this over the winter. This is my first boat and has proven to be quite enjoyable and easy to sail.
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rjohnson
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Registered: July 2000
Location: Plainville, MA
Posts: 36
Review Date: Mon May 11, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Prettiest 21' sailboat around, swing keel cable is removed after launching, winch stowed, slot plugged, boat thus becomes "fixed-keel". Great sailing, tender when single-handed. Would reccommend replacing locking bolt
for keel with a bolt that can "shear" if you run hard aground. I have no trailering experience w/this design, but
keel design seems to limit "impulse" day-sailing. We have spent a few nights aboard, fine for 2 adults. If you are used to tent-camping, 2 adults and 2 children! As I said, we have owned our Cal 21 since 1970 and still enjoy her! The 21 is a lively, yet forgiving sailer. Light-displacement (1100#) means that she is slowed by waves, but will accellerate well after the wave passes. Like all Bill Lapworth's Cal designs, the 21 really shines off the wind and will even come close to surfing downwind with a following sea.
I Would not hesitate to sing praises of this classic
Bill Lapworth design!!







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NODROG
1970 CAL 21 (sold 2008)
Other boats
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Review Date: Tue December 29, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The Cal 21 is a basic 7/8 rig sloop with rather light
displacement. It is somewhat trailerable due to its swing
keel, but I would not recommend it for drysailing. The
bolt-down design is neither quick nor easy for everyday
use. The boat prefers lighter winds and flatter waters. That
excludes it from offshore or extended cruising. Because
of this light displacement/sail area ratio however, the 21 is perfect for inland and protected areas.
The 21 also makes for a very capable racer for the
single or shorthanded skipper/crew. I have made several
modifications to mine that have inceased its performance
quite significantly, primarily to the standing rig geometry
and hardware layout.
I may own other boats, but I will never let the LITTLE
RED BOAT get away. I can step on the boat and be sailing or racing in five minutes without needing to call for crew.
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EricJon
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Registered: May 2002
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sat February 13, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

The cal 21 overall has very beautify lines with a 7/8 fractional rig and a swing keel which gives her a very shallow draft when the keel is fully retracted into the hull, that makes her as easy as a canoe to beach. The swing keel is her best and worst asset, while being a little on the labor intense side it more than makes up for in handling qualities, which are quite pleasant in a wide range of conditions. I would highly recommend this boat for anyone wanting to sail this category of saleboats.
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sailaway21
Owner, Green Bay Packers

Registered: September 2006
Location: SW Michigan
Posts: 10318
Review Date: Tue November 21, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $2,200.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Light and nimble. Easily single-handed. Good construction.
Cons: Low overhead cabin

At 1100 lbs the boat is easily trailered behind modest vehicles. Raising and lowering keel is quite easy with a little practise. Currently modifying boat hook to snag keel padeye from cockpit-have been diving to attach.
Mast raising is basically a 2 man job, but no more than that and goes up quickly.
On the water the boat is not only fast, even in light air, but is quick as well. Gets right up to speed. I ascribe that to her light displacement. Slight weather helm until over-powered. Beachable, but must unship rudder. Outboard prop can contact rudder-use one or the other for steerage when motoring.
Cabin has ample room for size of boat, but very low overhead for adult male. V berth with limited stowage beneath. Quarter berth/settees extend under cockpit seats and leave room for two to sit upright-port/starboard. Porta-potty to starboard.
Cockpit has been modified to include hatch midships-aft, about 18" square. Good idea, if cockpit seats reinforced below.
Purchase price included trailer and you can't expect the price to drop much.
Very loyal owner following with lots of long-term owners who just won't part with boat.
Fits nicely in driveway and sits low on trailer-step on fender, step on boat. Very easy to work on due to height.
Hull is solid fiberglas and stout. Have no blisters and heard no reports of same.
Excellent starter boat that does many things well and none poorly. Thought of going to bigger boat, mostly for some head-room, but couldn't think of any other reason to do so.

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Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.
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