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3 Days Ago 06:32 PM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?


I understand why you would want to upgrade the traveler. Among other deficiencies, it will not bring the boom above the center line....maybe not even to the center line. It will not allow you to efficiently control twist in the sail. Its a great little boat, but the traveler is a weak point.
3 Days Ago 03:11 PM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

When used in conjunction with a boom vang, a traveler doesn't need to be very long, especially on a smaller boat. The traveler changes the sail's angle of attack without changing the sail's shape, and only needs to be long enough to take the pressure off the sail in the gusts, thereby reducing tiller pressure. If the gust is so strong that the traveler is insufficient to do that, then easing the mainsheet will do it. The boom vang will keep the boom from rising when you ease the mainsheet, preserving the shape of the sail.
3 Days Ago 01:48 PM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

It's a pin stop style traveler on a short curved track. There are no control lines to extend. The pin stop is tough to move efficiently if you are doing any racing.

But leaving where it is might work if you could fit a new system in there. New, longer straight track. I think I looked at doing that once and the stern rail post restricts the track length. If you move the track a little forward of the stern rail I suspect the lockers will not clear when opening. I center the traveler and work the mainsheet hard when I'm playing racer on the lake. I did add a garhauer rigid vang years ago.

I have a Laser 28 to race now, so the Cal is the casual cruiser now.

3 Days Ago 10:43 AM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

Instead of moving the traveler, have you considered the possibility of leaving it where it is and re-locating the traveler's controls? You could put much longer control lines on the traveler, and use turning blocks and deadeyes to lead the lines forward to wherever you sit in the cockpit. The line could be terminated, on each side of the cockpit, at a deadeye and a cleat. Then, while seated forward, near the companionway, you could adjust or play the traveler without having to reach back to the transom.

But, as an alternative suggestion, I had a 25' boat with a transom mounted traveler similar to yours and was able to use it very efficiently simply by developing some techniques that made it easier for me. Lots of boats have transom mounted travelers, and people learn to use them. One of their advantages is that, if people sit forward in the cockpit, they don't have to worry about being clotheslined by the mainsheet when you gybe.
3 Days Ago 09:31 AM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

Are you planning to race? Do you have a fin keel version?

There is no doubt that the the traveler is poorly positioned for fluently, or efficiently, getting the boom on the center line. You might try googling for photos of Cal 22's.....I believe I recall seeing a traveler that had been moved/modified as you suggest. You would have to get it in front of the lockers. I think cabin top would be disruptive to the companionway, and probably too far forward on the boom. In my opinion, part of the great functionality of the Cal 22 is large cockpit for boat of this size. Moving the traveler in there is going to disrupt that design. But its all about what you are doing with the boat. Strictly racing with 1 or 2 could probably make the boat faster by modifying the traveler. Casual sailing...juice isn't worth the squeeze.

I sit, with tiller extension in hand, as far forward as possible. I get my weight up, lean against the lifelines when necessary. Thats usually where I need to be to see my foresail telltales. I can work the mainsheet and the jib sheets from that position just fine. I sail by myself most of the time.
3 Days Ago 08:09 PM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

Thanks Ron,
I am looking to move my traveler forward. I not sure where you are sitting in the cockpit. Is it possible to have a cabin top traveler and be able to comfortably reach it with a tiller extension. The other option is mid boom in the cockpit .
4 Days Ago 08:57 AM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

I'm still sailing my Cal on the local lake here in Kentucky. Happy to answer anything I can.

4 Days Ago 07:40 AM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

Hello folks, I just purchased a Cal-22 and plan to do a complete project upgrade. I would like reopen this thread because of the great input I gathered from reading it. My list continues to grow. Look forward to getting current owner's feedback.

This my third sailboat. I started with a Catalina 30 and move up to a Beneteau 343. Now it is time to down size and play a little.

Let me know who is out there. I have questions about traveler location, mast & boom rebuild and outboard aux power for starters.
02-24-2014 03:29 PM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?


So this is looking astern on the port side seat back cushion. The outboard side of the horizontal wood is cut to the form of the hull. The inboard side is straight, and this is where you attach the backrest. It appears to me that the backrest itself was connected to the horizontal board before the fabric was put on, because it screws from inside the backrest to the edge of the horizontal piece....which is a poor method. One end of mine is weak where the screw has stripped out of the wood edge. The outboard side of horizontal piece screws directly down to the ledge formed by the hull. You can see a couple of those screws on the right side in the photo. There are two vertical braces. (one pictured)One in the middle and one on the aft end. You want to keep the height in mind when you attach the backrest....there should be enough room for your shoulder to slip under the rest when laying down as this is supposedly a berth too. Run some wire through to port below the never know when you might want to have some 12 v forward. Water pressure for instance.

Hope this helps,

02-19-2014 12:18 PM
Re: Any Cal 22 Owners?

It was 5th corrected, lots of 40+ footers racing, probably more like 25 the at the line. To be honest, I was pretty clueless, it was a learning session for me. First time I have ever raced anything with a keel except maybe a Star.
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