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buying a Cal 27 mk3

I looked at a Cal 27 mk3 today that was in great shape. I can't find much on these boats online as they were only made for a few years I think. I believe it draws 4'8" and weighs 5000 lbs or so. Does anyone have any feedback on how these boats sail? I sail Tampa Bay and would prefer a shallower draft boat but I've sailed a lot around here with a Ranger 22 with a 4'3" draft and never met the bottom....yet
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The great question on Cals is did this model use a steel mast step ?

IF yes than its condition is a must know before going futher

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Mast step

It's a deck stepped mast. This design is very different than the other two Cal 27s which is why there isn't much info on these boats. The boat is in great shape with solid decks, new standing rigging, great gel, nice bottom, motor runs well, nice sails,etc. I'm wondering if anyone has ever sailed one.
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With a deck stepped mast there will be a compression post and support in the bilge of some sort and this has proven to be an issue on Cals. Worth a good look.

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Cal 2-27

These are good boats, strong & quite well built, fairly stiff. However, after sailing Ranger 22's, the Cal is going to feel like a slug. Decent head room in the Cal, prices all over the map, not trailerable like the Ranger. Unless you need the extra room and cruising capability, a real coin flipper. Don't forget berthing fees.
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Cal 27 mk3

Thanks for the input. I had the Ranger in a slip so I'm used to the fees. I'm in a 28' and under slip so the cost won't be different. The St. Pete Municiple Marina is the place to be on TB. I'll be doing mostly day sails and cocktail hour. We go on weekend trips here and there but we hope to do more now with a bigger boat. I don't see us going any longer than a week on the boat.
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I love my ancient Cal 2 27, solid as a rock, faster then lots of others espcially in low winds.
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It's a deck stepped mast. This design is very different than the other two Cal 27s which is why there isn't much info on these boats. The boat is in great shape with solid decks, new standing rigging, great gel, nice bottom, motor runs well, nice sails,etc. I'm wondering if anyone has ever sailed one.
Yes, but the keel has a compression post in the cabin to transfer the load down to the keel, between the cabin liner and the keel there is a steel crossmember, check that. (if it has it)


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I looked at your steel crossmember pictures and you scared me .. Now how do I see it without cutting into the cabin sole? How would I know if I have "it" or not? manufacture dates? and if not steel, what??
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