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Looking at Cal 2-27
The Cal 2-27 is quite a lot of boat for it''s LOA. The stand up headroom and +9'' beam in the main salon is a bonus. As for holding tanks, I believe they orginally came with a flexible bladder for the holding tank. Our retrofit of a poly tank cost about $400. It is located in the bow with a deck pump out and a three way for direct discharge. As far as the standing rigging, the lower shroud is highly loaded and a shroud with a broken strand should be replaced. More importantly you should determine the age of the standing rigging and have a thorough inspection of the chainplates, clevises shackles and turnbuckles. A warm marina climate such as Florida can corrode stainless steel fairly rapidly. Also, some debate about the original rigging design has taken place over the years. Go to http://www.sealsspars.com/cal2-27sparlosses.html for a discussion on this matter.
The Atomic 4 or any auxiliary of this vintage will put you at the mercy of previous owner''s maintenance and use habits. The original design is the epitome of KISS (keep it simple stupid). But it is more likely, raw water cooled, and has been subject to corrosion for 25 years. Hard to say on this one. And, access is limited!!
A lot of age related issues come up on 25 year old boats. At any suggested purchase price, (even free!) a survey (about $400) would be a wise choice.
The 2-27 is a good sailing boat with an easily driven hull. The sail controls, in their original form (single set of primaries, end of boom mainsheet w/o traveler) were very simple and good for learning. With it''s interior volume and shallow draft (4''-3") it would be a good Florida coastal cruiser and well prepared trips across the Gulf Stream. With the short LOA, it cheats the harbormaster, too!