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Cal 39-4 by Hunt

What an encyclopedic warehouse of wisdom this site represents! I''m searching for info on the Cal 39-4 (Hunt design not Lapworth). I have layout, dimension and displacement specs, but little else. How many were built? What construction details are known? What, if any, problems have been experienced? What are their strong and weak sailing attributes? Are they durable and reasonably suited for comfortable yet spirited solo and doublehanded offshore duty? Thanks in advance for your responses.

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Cal 39-4 by Hunt

The Cal 39 is to this day, a terrific boat. The first hulls came out of Jensen Marine in California. Then the boat was built in Newe England and in the mid 80''s, was redesigned by Hunt.
If you go to boat check here on sailnet, You will find numerous owner reviews. You can also contact some of these owners directly.

Again, it is a great boat. It is a bit on the heavy side with a displacement of over 19,000 pounds and a little slugish in light air. It loves a stiff breeze.

Let me know if I can provide specific assistance and I will be more than happy to at least attempt to answer your questions.

All the best.
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Cal 39-4 by Hunt

The ''88 Hunt version appears substantially different from earlier Cal 39''s usually spoken of. The cockpit and cabintop have been updated and the stepped transom seems wider, but I can''t be certain it''s not the original hull. J is reduced by 1.4'' while E is 1.75'' longer. I wonder if the keel has been revised or the balance diminished? I wonder if quality control was improved at pan / bulkhead / hull junctures? I wonder about the FRP layup specs and blister experience? I guess I''ll have to take a closer look for it must be a rare bird. Thanks, Blues.

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