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post #37 of Old 03-06-2012
Mark S.
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Re: Cal 31

Off of Point Loma, where it blows an apparently consistent 15-20 knots, this boat feels more tender, especially as compared to a Catalina 30.But the Cal 31 has the best feel at the helm of any boat I've sailed (in my somewhat limited experience) so far.

In my limited experience (Sunfish, Venture 21', West Wight Potter 19', plus sailing clubs with some 30" Newport/Catalina experience), after having sailed this one boat just twice, it handled well enough so that I could easily, with a consistent enough wind, get the boat to sail itself by setting the sails.. Throw a reef in it, adjust the furling genoa, and just have fun. Again, this is one nice handling boat and feels comfortable even though a bit more responsive/nimble feeling, thus quicker to heel, than a Catalina 30' (1983-1988 I've sailed).
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