Re: Cal 2-29 vs Cal 2-27 (Crown 28, actually...)
I have a Cal 2-27, I have some very limited experience with the Cal 2-29, and I've never seen a Crown 28 "in the flesh". The 2-29 does feel a bit bigger than the 2-27. In that size range two feet really makes a bit of difference, and the added waterline will five you a bit more speed. In fact, the guy I bought my bought from moved up to a 2-29, mainly for the additional space. However, both are very nice sailing boats, well built, and plenty solid enough for coastal sailing. The designer, Bill Lapworth, was supposedly a pretty tall guy himself; so most of the boats he drew have "human sized" berths (about 6'6" in my boat). And those quarter berths on the 2-29 would come in handy. However, I prefer the "dueling settees" of the 2-27 to the dinette of the 2-29, even if it does limit the galley space on the 2-27 somewhat.
Looking at the line drawings of the Crown 28 it does look similar to the 2-27. However, the underwater lines are a bit different. The keel, for one, doesn't quite look like the classic long, stubby, "Cal keel" of the 2-27, and the hull looks a bit flatter in the forefoot. In fact, the Crown's UW lines look a bit closer to those of the Cal 3-27, than to those of the 2-27. I think Lapworth/Cal used such deeper/shorter-root keels after the "2-series" designs were retired, so it may be that the Crown 28 reflects this transition. The Crown does look (from drawing and pictures) like it has a bit more interior room than the 2-27, but the head compartment seems a bit pinched. The head compartment on the 2-27 is HUGE for a 27-foot boat (one can actually pull up ones pants without banging around against all the bulkheads/doors/fixtures!!!!), and you would be amazed how much more "livable" that makes it feel.
Hope my ramblings help.
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