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"New" Cal Boats Made in USA?

As a former importer, long time Dealer and broker, I have been playing with the idea of bringing back "Cal Boats", built to the integrity and exquisite sailing standard of the original Lapworth designs, primarily the Cal 39, 34 and 2-27.

I have been a Dealer for several high quality respected brands and also importer for a very long time. I owned a Cal among others. The [Cal] boat even to modern day standards in my opinion, remains one of the finest vessels of its time. Gotta love the Cal 39 and would gladly take it just about anywhere on the globe right now and can say without doubt, that I would make good time doing it.

Can you imagine going to a Boat show and seeing big Cal Boats banners flying again? What do you think? It is doable.. All of these imports are also driving me crazy, even though I made part of my living by doing just that. I think "we" should do this.
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I like the idea, so are you using the molds (own them) and setting up production? The "Classic" market would be there for sure but Im not a marketing guy so who knows the demand with the dwindling Boat market today and the 'Newer" designs available maybe a DIY market for Hull/deck components.
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Re: "New" Cal Boats Made in USA?

Not to rain on your parade, because I would LOVE to see them reintroduced, however, this was tried before with the Cal-Pearson 31, 33, 35, 38 and 39. I believe that they lasted for about one year (1997).

I would love a Cal-Pearson 38, powered by a Beta Marine Beta 35... I can't afford the $200K that it will cost.


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I like the idea. But I think one to bring back would be the good old Cal 29. One of the best all around 30 footers made, IMHO.
And it seems the 30' market is sorely lacking these days (other than raceboats).
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I think it would be a really good way to make a very Small Fortune after starting with a very large one
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I am curious who you think the market would be for a 40-50 year old design? What would the price be? Would it be the same price as a brand new Catalina? If so, why wouldn't I just buy a Catalina?

If you had your mind set on an old full keel design like a Perry or a Crealock, I suspect you might be able to find investors and buyers. But a Cal? I don't get it.
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..... It is doable......
Is this nostalgia talking? US labor and compliance costs to build a dated design to compete with modern foreign imports. You'll need a pretty good pitch to get real investors, but I suspect this is just dock talk.
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How about refurbishing existing Cal boats to 'like new' standard? There are a lot of older Cal boats on the market and it would be cheaper to refurbish them than build them from scratch. That way you could also refurbish only the boats you have a buyer for. Less risk IMO.

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How about refurbishing existing Cal boats to 'like new' standard? There are a lot of older Cal boats on the market and it would be cheaper to refurbish them than build them from scratch. That way you could also refurbish only the boats you have a buyer for. Less risk IMO.
Bingo! I think this makes a lot more sense. You could expand your reach and use your skills to produce refurbished boats of whatever brand a buyer might want. People spend huge dollars to keep Hinckleys in as-new condition, I think there would be a (small, but viable) market for other brands too.
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There are folks doing this now. Check out Tim Lackey at lackeysailing dot com.
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