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First time on the water in our new (to us) boat
My wife and I recently got a Cal 2-27 and today was the first time we had a chance to get her out on the water. Both of us are more used to lighter, sportier, more responsive boats (no real experience in heavier pocket cruisers), but we were pleasantly surprised at how nimble it is under sail, also how little it heels.
We learned a few things about buying a used boat today though. First off, we are both used to outboards. This particular inboard has prop walk with a vengance. I literally had to lean standing on the tiller to keep on course at half throttle.
Secondly....dont go out and hoist sails on a used boat without carefully inspecting every part of the halyard shackles. Out jib shackle came loose (hanked jib, was fastened properly but I did not inspect it well, the keeper let loose and it came off.) Jib comes down on the deck in about 15 knots of wind, I am thinking the halyard came loose from the cleat but no, the halyard just let loose from the jib, and as it turns out now I have to go climb the mast on Sunday to get the wire halyard down from the masthead. I tried fishing it down with some tent poles but the mast is just too high.
Overall we are really happy with the boat, but we are both used to much smaller, lighter, racier boats, so this one is going to take some getting used to. It sails extremely well, and with both a 80% jib and full main up (being conservative first time out) it does quite well. we hit hull speed on a beam reach with this combination in about 10 kts of wind.