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Cal 2-27
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Description: Cal 2-27
Keywords: Cal 2-27



Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1887
Review Date: Thu July 20, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Great Boat. This Cal2-27 has a heavy self-furling Genoa that provides a lot of gusto to this Lapworth Racer Cruiser. We have just about buried the rail on many occasion. The boat provides a fun and exciting ride. It does get overpowerded easily with the 150 foresail in wind speeds in excess 18 knots. Okay, but work. We also have a 110% genoa. The Boat has a Ferryman "One lunger" diesel engine that vibrates the heck out of the whole vessel.. Would change engines for sure. The interior is very well thoughtout even by today's standards. No aft quater berth so the galley runs all the way across. Very comfortable V- berth with storage under, also storage under mail salon setees. Anchor Locker forward of the "V", Sometimes a pain to have to go below to get the anchor and chain... Main Salon has a setee that easily converts to a nice double to port and and to starboard a wide single. We do not have pressure water and we don't have an auto bildge pump or shore power.. (I would get all of these things if We were to do it again). We do have two sinks one in the galley one in the head. Head has holding tank and Y valve for overboard discharge where applicable by law. ( we don't use it regardless). Galley has keyon two burner alcohol stove and 90 pound capacity ice chest.

Boat has a "Stern Twin Stay" self furling. Need a winch to get the 150 in a lot of the time. Single handing in this condition is tricky but fun. I installed a toping lift. (suggest that you do same if not so equipped).

The Cal 2-27 is fast, responsive and overall a great time. In light air it moves real well all things considered. We pass right by everybody. In heavy air, it points great heels about 15-20 degrees and settles right in for a great sail. Worst tack is dead downwind. (still good by most standards). I highly recommend the boat.

Next boat (soon)..another Lapworth design Cal-39!
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Review Date: Fri January 5, 2001 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 


Cal's are great boats. The 2-27 really shimes in terms of quality and execution of design. Usually boats that compromise to try to do two things do each equally poorly. The Cal 2-27 is a fast and fun racer and a pleasure to weekend on with the family. She is dry. (There is dust in the engine compartment!) I have the aftermarket Kubota deisel as reliable as the dawn. Hank on sails with the 90, 110, 140, 165 and asymetrical spinakker. She points great with the 165 and buries the rail with the 140 and a stiff wind. The half keel really digs in, great ride.

The only way I would trade her off is if somebody made me an offer on a Cal 40 I couldn't refuse, until that sad day though, I am a very happy Captain. (And I'd have to think long and hard abnout it too...)
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