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solman55 05-31-2010 11:37 PM

1969 cal 30
Hey guys i may have the opportunity to get a cal 30 for free. But it is missing engine, sails, mast and boom so Im wondering if it would even be worth it. How much could I get that for? It need the interior to be redone which really is not major for me as I can do that work but the hull/deck seam is a bit busted up so i would have to do something with that not sure what to do there. So any ideas on if it would be worth doing and where I could find used parts and such for this boat? I like the size of it and interior is good size Im afraid that she may need a bit to much work but the hull is solid as a rock.
Thanks for any help

sailingfool 06-01-2010 08:16 AM

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Originally Posted by solman55 (Post 608767)
Hey guys i may have the opportunity to get a cal 30 for free. But it is missing engine, sails, mast and boom ...

I would say you could pick these up used for about $10-15K, new equipment would be about twice that much. The best and quickest way to get these used parts as a bundle is to buy a decent Cal 30 that has a working engine, full rig, and sails, for about $10-15K. After paying for it, you can immediately go sailing...A hull without so many essential and expensive parts is worth only the negative value of the cost of cutting it up.

solman55 06-01-2010 09:06 AM

Thats the answer I was looking for, I was thinking the same thing. The cal is a nice boat but i have found a catalina 27 for 8k thats in great shape so I think Im going to go that route. Thanks

RNC725 08-18-2010 10:15 PM

did you get the Cal 30?
just curious, we just bought a 1967 that was mostly restored, and love her, the Cat is a fine vessel as well


bobby centers
s/v True North
Augusta, GA

brianhess 08-20-2010 02:20 AM

I just acquired a '61 Cal 30 for "free" (more just paying for the taxes to get her registered and tagged in my name as salvor). I need an engine for mine and need to rewire her. It needs new steering and some much needed painting, maintenance and interior decor work. All in all she's pretty sound and has LOTS of teek. I just saw online a Cal 30 of the same vintage going for $30,000.

Sailboats are a real toss-up when it comes to the market vs "sweat equity." by the time you would have all the work done to her to make her a seaworth vessel again, you could have bought three boats of comparable value. However, it really matters where your heart lies. If you have the time to invest your blood sweat and tears, and of course the money, you can save yourself thousands by doing the work yourself.

I have restored an AMI 7.5 fractional sloop and it took me two years to get her in the water. The sacrifice was definitely worth it, but I also own a Ranger 20, so I was already sailing while working on the larger vessel. The Cal 30 is my third vessel, and will be my live aboard sometime next spring, once I have made her livable again.

Good luck with the Catalina, if you procurred it. You will have an easier time finding parts for it, as Cal 30s and other such Jensen Marine vessels are hard to find replacement parts (factory) and you need to be a bit more inventive to make the modifications to modernize them.

But on the other hand, I LOVE the lines of the Cal 30. They are a beautifully configured and designed vessel, and have that early fiberglass sailboat charm as you see with 1950s and 60s designs.


PS. A 1969 Cal 2-30 would be the model of that vessel if the year is right. If it was a Cal 30, it is an every increasingly rare find, as only 123 of them were manufactured between 1961 and 1967.

solman55 08-20-2010 07:38 AM

Hmm well I actually went with a 27 watkins and the cal for me was just to much work, I would love to have done it but im in college and have a toy race car to take care of so I wasnt looking for a full rebuild.

brianhess 08-20-2010 02:55 PM

That's cool. What are you studying in college? I was a music major at Pacific Lutheran University. Now I run and own my own tattoo parlor.:o

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