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Cal 20
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Description: Cal 20
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cal20racer
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Registered: September 2000
Posts: 1
Review Date: Mon February 9, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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this is a fin keel, torpedo bulbed one-design. very well built, relatively fast, very reasonable in price, with a good one-design class. excellent small keelboat. e-mail me with any questions.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon June 8, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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More than 2400 of this Bill Lapworth designed sloop were manufactured, primarily by Jensen Marine in Costa Mesa, CA. There are about 25 active fleets today. This boat sold for around $3200 new and sells used for about as much today. It features a super roomy eight foot self-bailing cockpit with a thru-hull motor well, berths for four, marine head, and a torpedo keel. Cal 20's are known as strong, stiff boats.

Sail Area is 196 sqft, 20' LOA, 18' LWL, 7' Beam, 3'4" draft, 850# ballast.
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Review Date: Fri July 31, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Very strong,healthy,One Design Racing Class, West Coast and Hawaii. San Diego, Los Angeles Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Portland (new fleet), Friday Harbor San Juan Islands Washington State (small fleet), Victoria and Vancouver British Columbia Canada.One Design racing with Main and Jib no genoa nor spinnaker, 2 to 4 person crew.Hot Shot/Rock Stars sail as crew of 2 with occasional 3rd for heavy winds.Most others sail with 3 and a 4th for heavy winds.

Cal 20s also sail in PHRF, some of us call it "big boat bashing" when in One Design Configuration. In handicap racing some boats go to genoa and or spinnaker, recently asymetricals and bow sprits have been implemented.

At the North American Championshipsthe typical turn out is in excess of 50 boats.The fleet is then seperated into Gold and Silver Fleets in preliminary races. The top 10 to 15 places are dominated by professinnals and semi-pros,(Sail Makers, Americas Cup Crew Persons, Congressional Cup Participants, Delivery Skippers, etc.) with the rest of the Gold Fleet fairly tightly bunched and not that far behind.

There is an Owner/Driver Rule for National Regattas with the
driving owner owning at least a one third share of the boat.
A skipper must have sailed in at least three local Regattas/Series to be eligible to sail in a National Regatta.

One Design Class Rules emphasive keeping the modifications, improvements, etc. COSTS down and within reason: so one really can't "buy" one's way to a top place finnish.
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Review Date: Wed September 1, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This is a great little boat, very simple, tough, forgiving, and fast. Not much room below unless you're a hobbit. Enough room for two good friends. Fixed, heavy keel + a clean, simple deck make this a great way to get on the water without extra distractions. Throw a portti potti, camp stove, and cooler and you are all set. Mine had no electric and no through hulls so I could concentrate on having a good time w/o a lot of maintenance. It's a smaller boat so replacing a block or line doesn't break the bank.
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