Thanks SeaJoe. It is nice to read some history about Cal22's conception and turbulent early/only years.
Post a photo of your Cal sometime if you have a chance. I would be interested to see the gooseneck...I think mine is of questionable design and may not be the original.
Do you find the new traveler to be an advantage going to wind. I do see how the original is limiting to angle and a bit cumbersome to adjust on the move. I would not give up the cockpit space for your modification, as the admiral specifically requested "that thingy not be in the way" when we were searching for a boat to buy, but I would consider something easier to adjust.
I have also added a rigid vang...that is a great mod for the Cal22.
Thanks again....great post!