LOL, wrote this yesterday, but forgot to hit the send button
Hylyte, thanks for the info. I'm pretty much set on the Cal at this point, but it's still nice to know it'll be the steadier of the two. Looking forward to the summer winds on the bay
James, I'm not really expecting to win any races, especially singlehanded, I just find that a healthy amount of competition keeps my interest level up and provides a useful checkpoint on how I'm progressing. The point is to improve, not necessarily win (although that would be the icing on the cake of course
There's the Singlehanded Sailing Society on the SF Bay that runs several races each year and I intend to take part in some of the shorter ones next year. All sorts of boats compete there, from Olsons to Tritons, including 3 other Cal 2-27s, so I should be in good company.
Thanks for the vote for the Pearson (nice video!). I've been oscillating between it and the Cal, but conditioning and hardware, and the fact that Pearson is longer and heavier for the same PHRF rating (NCPHRF has both at 198, it's on YRA site, can't post links yet), made the difference.
I hear you on the inboard. In fact I've heard many similar opinions. To that end, I've decided to go for the electric conversion, so the outboard is just an interim measure. I'm a techie, so I'm reasonably sure I'll be able to do a good job of it.