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Considering Cal 33 -- Opinions?
I owned a 1985 Cal 28,a smaller version of the 33, for 5 years. I loved the boat, it was great looking,had a great design ,was fast and very spacious. The boat does some limitations. The hull thickness is very thin. I found this out after the boat was implaled on a piling during a hurricane. The deck layout is very good but the gelcoat had some voids and stress cracks, especially in sharp corners. I bought my boat brand new and after the first year I sent it back to the factory to have numumerous gelcoat chips and spider cracks filled and fixed. The boat sails well in light winds and well in moderate winds with a reef in the main, but it is not well suited for heavy winds in my opinion. I also found that the cabin top traveler was inconvient for single handling. This may have only been the 28 when you had to leave the helm to make an adjustment and your weight was a factor in the trim.
Would I buy a 33, surprisingly I have condemplated buying one. The layout is super. The looks great and it is fast, so the answer is maybe.