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Cal 28
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Description: Cal 28
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu June 19, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The Cal 28 from the late 80's is an extremely spectacular boat. She is everything that a sailboat under 30 feet should be.
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pkipp
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Registered: January 2006
Posts: 2
Review Date: Tue February 24, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We have had only one season, but we have found it to be a great family boat. It is very roomy below with a large v-berth with plenty of room for two. The rear quarter berth is a double. We pulled the inside cusion out of the quarter berth and replaced it with storage boxes. There is not a great deal of storage, but it is a 28 footer.

The boat is outfitted with very good equipmet, including self-tailing wenches, large wheel, single line reefing.

She sails well in all conditions, and seems to really like to close reach in moderate air.

I have found no major weakness and the only minor one is a leaking port, which was easily corrected with some caulk.
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Review Date: Wed April 29, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Commissioned in 1990 and new to me 1997. Am seeking copy of original manual. And would appreciate chatting with other owners.
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Review Date: Mon June 15, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Nice roomy family cruiser goes down wind like a rocket
as much or more room than most 30 footers
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Review Date: Thu November 11, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I've just concluded my first season with the boat (11/99). This boat was designed by C.R. Hunt and Associates in Boston and was built by Lear-Siegler Marine, Starcraft Sailboat Products division in the last few years that Cal boats were built.

The boat sails very well over a wide range of windspeeds but really accels on a close reach in about 13 kt of wind. My speedo recorded speeds of just over 7 kt in these conditions although it hasn't been precisely calibrated. The boat doesn't seem to be as close-winded as I would expect given it's deep draft but I'm sure that most of that is caused by original sails in mediocre condition together with a lack of forestay tension which I plan to correct with a backstay adjuster. The boat needs a reef at just over 15 kt of wind (with my 140% genoa). I'm generally pleased with the way the boat sails.

Down below, the layout is all anyone could ask for in a 28' boat. The wide beam makes for lots of usable room, and the double quarterberth is so open that I use it as my principal sleeping accomodations. Access to the 2GM20F Yanmar diesel (16hp) is excellent as is stuffing-box access.

Overall, I have been extremely satisfied with the performance, accomodations, and equipment on this boat. About the only two weaknesses I can think of (other than a need for updated sails) are: (1) the gelcoat work on the topsides is mediocre. There is significant gelcoat crazing which doesn't appear to be structural but is unsightly and annoying nonetheless and (2) The cockpit seatbacks/coamings are a little low for my back (I'm only 5'-7") although I understand the aesthetic motivation.
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cwafred
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Registered: July 2002
Posts: 5
Review Date: Mon January 6, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Stability plus, roomy as a 30, bring on heavy weather, I have been at anchor in 62 kts wind and she took it just fine just let out the rode. Great sailing and fun to anchor with draft of 3.9.
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harman
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Registered: January 2003
Posts: 3
Review Date: Tue January 28, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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The boat has a great layout and is very roomy for the size.

Does anyone have any information on removing the stanchion bases, some of mine are leaking and the screws are very hard to get to?
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Review Date: Fri July 11, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Purchased "Half Moon" in June 2003 and must join others that acclaim her spaciousness is outstanding.
We haven't sailed her much, but find that so far she is a very well built and engineered vessel.
We have all the manuals and original brochure if anyone needs some information.
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chris1514
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Registered: April 2002
Posts: 23
Review Date: Mon September 29, 2003 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Whenever guests come aboard my Cal, their jaws drop, especially when they go below. The fact is, no other 28 or even 30 can match the looks and living accommodations. I started racing mine last summer in the very competitive PHRF fleet in Marblehead, MA. With new sails and a folding prop we finished in the middle of the fleet during the PHRF New England Championships even after busting the whisker pole. I would encourage other owners to consider racing their boats. They sail to their ratings very well. I'd enjoy corresponding with anyone else who is racing theirs.
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Gangfurd
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Registered: February 2006
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 5
Review Date: Thu February 16, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Fast and spacious; beautiful mahogany everywhere!
Cons: Too big to haul on trailer.

I just bought a 1965 Cal 28 in excellent condition. We boarded her and spent a day inspecting her condition. The next morning we headed out into the blue waters of the Pacific for a shake down. All checked out just fine, everything worked wonderfully. The best part was enjoying the chase of some modern cruisers ahead of us in the distance. With the full Genoa flying, we reeled them in one at a time, much to their dismay. Rather than stick around and play, they all tacked away to avoid further humiliation. What a ride!

Down below in her spacious cabins, she is all mahogany. The beauty shown through even after all of the years. A couple coats of varnish and I'll think I am aboard a Cabo Rico! I am looking forward to racing and cruising the off shore islands, as well as the Sea of Cortez. Gangfurd and Up the Rebels!
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Gangfurd
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Registered: February 2006
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 5
Review Date: Mon March 20, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Wanted to add new Cal 28 web site to the database:

http://www.stirlinglaw.com/cal28
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