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Cal 1-28
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Description: Cal 1-28
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Review Date: Sun September 5, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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One of the first 4 designs by Willaim Lapworth built by Jensen Marine in the early 60's. She was a very competative racer in her day and I've heard she can still provided a respectable showing even against newer boats. A "Flat Top" design like the Cal 25 she has limited headroom below (5'10" max) but makes up for it in beam (9') Dispalcement is 6000lbs and sail area with a 150% genoa is around 400 sq. feet. She has a very solid feel for a 28 footer and handles rough conditions with confidence. Still feeling her out as I've just had her for a couple of months, but am pleased so far. Have a look at her at http://marina.fortunecity.com/caledonia/230/cal28.html
If there are any other Old CAl 28 owners out there please drop me a line.
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Sun June 11, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I'm looking at buying a "project" boat. The owner has lost the papers and he says it's a Cal 28, early 70s he thinks. I think it's late 60s (by the portholes). It's in tough shape cosmetically, the hull seems to be sound but there is one problem. When I walk on the deck above the cabin on the port side, it "oilcans". Can someone tell me if this is a major problem or is it repairable without major structural work. Can anyone shed any light on what I should look for for other potential problem areas. Any help would be appreciated.
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Registered: February 2006
Location: Phoenix
Posts: 5
Review Date: Thu September 6, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Perfect size. Big enough to have plenty of room and sail anywhere, and small enough to take out every day. Tons of boat for the money and built when no one knew how much fiberglass and resin to use. The solid hull is built like a tank. Very solid boat
Cons: To achieve flush deck, interior cabin height is limited to 5'10." I am 6'2." No problem with the companionway open, but I usually bang my head on way to head and vberth.

I bought this boat over a year and a half ago. I can truthfully say this boat changed my life in a very positive way. I look forward to my next sail always. I raced smaller Mobjacks on the Chesapeake Bay in high school, and we owned a Sharpie in Brazil when I was a kid. Nothing like it around anymore, except it looked a lot like a Lighting [with a gaff-rig]. Sailing a Cal 28 requires a lot more strength than I remember the smaller boats needing, but the ample two speed winches make handling even the 155 genoa a breeze. So easy that my wife can handle the jibs without any problems. [COLOR="Red"]You can check her out here: www.stirlinglaw.com/cal28[/COLOR]

We sail in the San Diego Bay and in the Pacific Ocean. We regularly take on much larger and newer boats and find we can walk away from many of them, much to their dismay. We've had many fine adventures and will continue to have more. She came with everything you could expect in a 28 footer, refrigerator, microwave, radio, sleeping room for six (6), barbecue stove, and a cockpit the size equal to many 40 footers. She's really too big to put on trailer, but I ordered one built anyway. I could use new sails, and sometime soon I'll replace the rigging out of an abundance of caution. The boat is over 40 years old, but so far, she's been a real trooper and done everything asked of her without any problem that wasn't of our own making. I love this boat!
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