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This week I am going to look at two 1979 Cal 2-25 boats. One is in very good condition, so I am told, and the other needs a "little TLC", whatever that means. They are both powered by outboards, one four stroke and one two stroke.

I'm not real familiar with the Cal 2-25 but I have seen a few at our marina. What I would like to know is what should I look out for as far as trouble spots, known issues or any other inside information? In looking at the rigging of one I saw a few weeks ago, it looked like it has a pretty sturdy top side, plus, given it's beam it looks to have a pretty roomy cabin.

I tried to so a search on here for any additional info, but I kept getting no results, so I must be doing something wrong. Anyway any insight that can be given will be appreciated. BTW, I'm pretty much a inland lake and limited coastal cruiser and certainly no racer.

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There is a Cal section that way V

I would say Cals in general sail well but the build quality is nothing special in that there any better or worse built than say Catalina of the same era

The big deal killer is wet decks on boats of this age

I would sure pick the boat that does NOT need the TLC

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Thanks for the input. I did look at both boats but was completely underwhelmed with both of them. I liked the actual boat, but the one that needed some TLC should have been advertised as a "rebuilder", that would have been more accurate. The other boat was all fluffed up, but once you looked beneath the surface, it had too many problems, soft spots, hidden rot and a mast that looked like Swiss cheese. At some point that boat must have had a lot of stuff attached to the mast.

Like I said, I like the actual boat and I will keep it on my short list of candidates, but these two were just not what I want right now. I'll keep looking. Next up is a Catalina 27.

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