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Reklobe 04-12-2010 02:07 PM

Advice on Cal 34 MK III Purchase
Hello all. I'm new to the board but not to sailing. Grew up sailing on my family's 40ft-ish boats, mostly coastal cruising.

I'm ready to take the next step and buy my own boat. I want something for coastal cruising, and perhaps someday offshore. Not interested in racing; mainly just taking it easy and exploring.

I am looking at a 1978 Cal 34 mk III. It looks to be in good shape for a boat of its vintage. Has new AP, GPS, chartplotter, and transmission. 24 HP Westerbeke engine with around 1300 hours. The sellers have sailed the West Coast on it (several thousand mile trip) recently.

The asking price is $29,000. That seems higher than a lot of other Cal 34s I've seen online, but it does have brand-new electronics and transmission.

Any input on the price, the boat, etc? All comments are appreciated!


sailingdog 04-12-2010 03:02 PM

What kind of shape is the boat you're looking at compared to the others. If it is in significantly better maintained shape, it may be worth the price difference. I'd highly recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether this boat is worth looking at further.

sailingfool 04-12-2010 03:27 PM

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I think you are starting at the right place - a boat well above the average asking price. If you can establish that it is worth a premium, IMHO you are far more likely to end up adead of the cost curve, than if you were bottom feeding. Don't be afraid to spend the extra dollars for a premium boat, the seller probably is still taking a hosing.

Reklobe 04-12-2010 03:33 PM

Thanks for the replies so far. It's in pretty nice condition. Paint looks good, wood on the deck could use some work and the inside looks clean and well-maintained. The VHF is ancient, and the stove is alcohol (no oven, like I've seen online on some of them) but other than that it looks in good condition. The engine is spotless.

puddinlegs 04-12-2010 04:00 PM

remember to look at the sails. A new genoa, main, storm jib, and spin, will cost about half the asking price of the boat you're looking at. Maybe more, maybe a little less depending on material, etc...

tommays 04-13-2010 02:40 PM

Hows the rusty steel mast beam as that issue follows them right up to the Cal 40

saltybob2 05-04-2010 12:59 PM

Cal 34 steel beam

Originally Posted by tommays (Post 592597)
Hows the rusty steel mast beam as that issue follows them right up to the Cal 40

The 34 does NOT have the steel beam. I own one.

L124C 01-10-2012 01:34 PM


Originally Posted by saltybob2 (Post 600562)
The 34 does NOT have the steel beam. I own one.

If your still around....How IS the compression post stepped? The one I looked at sits on raised fiberglass. What lurks beneath?

Is the keel encapsulated?

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