Re: New Member from California
bbremer10, Welcome from your neighbor in NorCal. I just need to ask this question, do you think cruising might be in your future? If the answer is yes, and you want for cruising a great and fast cruiser, consider the Cal 40. I owned one 20 years ago, that was 20 years old when I bought it. Have you ever "thought outside the box" on a major purchase, and had a grand satisfaction from what you bought? That was the feeling I experienced on the Cal 40. My knowledge going into the Cal 40 was minimal, with only sailing experience on a Flying Junior and later a Rhodes 19, so as you can see, a big step. I have enjoyed reading Steve and Linda Dashew's books and knew he spoke highly of old race boats being re-fitted for cruising, and mentioned the Cal 40 on numerous occasions. I found a nice one in Long Beach for $16K, retired race boat, and then in the re-fit matched the purchase price. What I would up with for $32K was a fun, very fast cruiser that just loved to rip down hill. Soloed Long Beach to Muluge, about 1600 nm, and it was very first off shore passage. It was a sled run to Cabo, and all my first experiences of my new purchase was WOW, such a nice motion pushing the low teens. By the time I set the hook in Sanispac, I was full of myself over the fact that this fine, refitted for cruising, fast boat was mine, I felt like I really fell into it, just so lucky. Got with my cruising friends that got started cruising before me, and I was bragging about my boat like a new father. They patted me on the back and said "ya done good", then told me if I wasn't too tired, they were going to do a day sail around the islands, and show us how your new boat sails. Slept great that night, looking forward to showing off my lucky purchase the next day. We as a group of 3 boats, raised the hooks after breakfast for a day sail that I figured to shine. One boat, a Prout Snowgoose, I could stay ahead on most points of sail, the other was a Santa Cruz 50, and after all my bragging the night before, man did I feel sheepish! He got his hook up last, slipped by both of us, and circled the island before the two of us even reached it.
The moral of this long story, once you get started, there will always be a "next" boat. By jumping up to the Cal 40, you just might delay the desire for the "next" boat. If your into class racing, SoCal has a very active Cal 40 race program.
WL7GS Whiskey Lima 7 Gone Sailing
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Last edited by deckofficer; 03-23-2012 at 10:49 PM.