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09-26-2011 05:02 PM
b40Ibis Your talking about going to a 40'er later, the Cal 40 is going to be a good boat for you if you like the 30.
On second thought, You should skip the Cal 30, the are a couple Cal 40's on the left coast right now for around 50k, buyers market, offer a lot less...
09-26-2011 04:54 PM
JimsCAL 3+ year old thread!!
09-26-2011 02:36 PM
Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
Still mulling it over after almost 4 years?
lol...I cant believe this thread got dredged up. Wow, I was one of those newbies asking questions about a boat that was beyond my capabilities in tersm of fixing up.

The answer, obviously, is no. We passed on the Cal-30 and I dont know what happened to her. She was in rough shape, behind a house which ultimately went into foreclosure (a few people were working on the house trying to flip it and get rich quick). I suspect that she's in worse shape now than she was when I was evaluating her...sad, because it is a classic!

We ended up buying a brand new Beneteau 343 instead. A *LOT* more money, but we're out there sailing practically every chance we get rather than investing time and money in major boat projects.

Looking back, it was absolutely the right decision to pass on the project and get the boat that we could sail right away and afford within reason.
09-26-2011 01:27 PM
jameswilson29 Still mulling it over after almost 4 years?
09-26-2011 12:06 PM
Great little boat!

You won't be disappointed with this little boat. My Dad and I raced & cruised one for three years in SoCal. They are built hell for stout - before the builders realized how strong fiber glass really is and how light they could go. We beat the heck out of ours: racing it back & forth to Catalina against our nemisis "Bald Eagle" - another Cal 30 of the same vintage. Racing back from Catalina was always the most fun - we hit 13 knots on the meeter in Hurricane Gulch, got knocked down, and wrapped kelp around the mast head. The boat popped back up, found her legs, then took off like a scalded cat again. Way too much fun.

The only place they are lacking are creature features. Headroom is ok in the main salon. The head is only semi-inclosed & dated. My mom could never handle the 'yuck' factor.

We never had trouble with our 'Atomic Bomb' motor. Just remeber to vent the boat before starting & you're good to go.

02-10-2008 09:02 AM
mwrohde There is an active Yahoo group called Cal_Boats. I'm certain that any Cal specific questions you ask can be answered there.
02-10-2008 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by camaraderie View Post
Here's a '65 with a newer yanmar for $7500 that loks in very good shape.
Welcome to my neighborhood :-)

The guy lives 4 streets away from me in Lauderdale Isles, ha! I'm walking over to see the boat tomorrow.
02-10-2008 01:56 AM
camaraderie Here's a '65 with a newer yanmar for $7500 that loks in very good shape.
02-10-2008 01:15 AM
night0wl Thanks for the encouragement. What would be a fair price for this one? I know much depends on condition report, but just to baseline my expectations. I haven't seen much on yw or elsewhere for a 1966
02-10-2008 12:59 AM
camaraderie If it is a newer Yanmar...that is a good thing. The boat will be fine for the can get into just about anywhere....we did it with 6'. Go for it if she checks out.
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