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Re: looking for past or present owners of 1970 through 73 cal 27s
a short update, if anyone is interested.
one of the free sails i got from the marina is going to work great for my jib. it must be pretty new. the sail cloth still has that paper crispness. it is a lapper. hoister to the masthead, it will clear my stanchions and life lines completely. that will also give better visibility than if it was a deck sweeper.
it was totally free. but, it will end up costing me something. i want to use a furler and it's hank on. i need to find a loft that is good and would do the modifications at a reasonable, fair price. i don't think bacon is a good choice for that. i have spoken to them about modifying a jib for furling and they seem reluctant to do it; pushing me to buy a new sail instead.
anyhow, in 7 to 9 kt winds (loosely tied up to the dock) it is not hard to sheet in. my girlfriend was able to do it with one hand (without using a winch). so, i don't think it will prove unmanageable for her. i figure, in stiffer winds, a few turns around a winch should be good. she probably won't often need the winch handle.
and, yes, it was mildly exciting to see her (the boat not my girlfriend) trying to sail. if i had undone the docklines....so bloody tempting. lol
anyhow, i came on a hobie 18 sail, in great shape, for a pitance, a month ago. it has a bolt rope luff so i will be sewing on sliders. sailrite sells them. i am also going to sew on one set of reefpoints, for now. it fits within the available space, nicely. before doing the boom kicker, i am going to test sail it
with this sail, to make sure i like the way it handles. no good setting the boom kicker up for this sail and then i don't like it.
that's all the important stuff, for right now. the rest is general restoration work. nothing very exciting, unless you are the one doing it. then, every step forards is exciting.
The only rules that really matter are these: what a man can do and what a man can't do.---Captain Jack Sparrow
1971 Cal 27
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