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I'm narrowing my boat search for a live-aboard/coastal cruising/offshore boat (I know that's a lot to ask) and would welcome comments and opionions about the Cal 39.
Which Cal 39, I or II?

They are completely different boats. If someone's comments above were to the other model, they then have no relevance to your interests.

IMHO both are lovely craft, but again very different. A II may likely cost twice as much as a I.

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Thanks for all the great input. I read Tom's blog and it IS amazing. I have sailed a Pearson 36 on Lake Champlain in VT.....cruised on it for a week plus other day sails, but it was pretty tame and I don't know how it would be in more weather on the coast. I'll try to find the others here in Maine. Still interested in any other comments!
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Re: Looking for comments on Cal 39

I am look at a cal 39. I just had a survey done on it. the surveyfound rudder wobble.
the broker says the rudder is held in place with a block of wood. that wore out and he will replace rather than fixing or paying for a bushing replacement. this sound like BS to me.
does any cal have a block of wood holding the rudder post.
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Re: Looking for comments on Cal 39

I wanted a cal 39 because they are a cheaper boat that will have the head room for a tall guy.
we need to get out of our house and we are planning to liveabord.
we made an offer on the one in merritt island. after I paid for the survey the seller not only didn't want to pay for anything, he was trying jury rig the rudder post with a block of wood. send us to sea in a boat that would fail. so I canceled my offor and so I am looking for a live aboard cruiser with the head room
I looked at the one in maryland but it has a wooden sliding hatch. does anyone know of a cal 39with a wooden sliding hatch?

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Re: Looking for comments on Cal 39

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I wanted a cal 39 because they are a cheaper boat that will have the head room for a tall guy.
we need to get out of our house and we are planning to liveabord.
we made an offer on the one in merritt island. after I paid for the survey the seller not only didn't want to pay for anything, he was trying jury rig the rudder post with a block of wood. send us to sea in a boat that would fail. so I canceled my offor and so I am looking for a live aboard cruiser with the head room
I looked at the one in maryland but it has a wooden sliding hatch. does anyone know of a cal 39with a wooden sliding hatch?
Don't know about Cals in particular, but wooden companionway hatches were pretty common back then. That was the era when the change to sliding acrylic was taking place. Nothing to be concerned about if it is properly built - it worked for many hundreds of years and still does.

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