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01-19-2013 09:05 PM
Re: Cal 33-2 Tender?

I apologize for not replying sooner. PO and the owner of a later Cal told me That the 85's masts were two feet taller. This spring, I'll measure it out just to make sure.
12-28-2012 10:41 AM
Re: Cal 33-2 Tender?

Originally Posted by RichardM View Post
I own a 1985 Cal 33. Later 33's had a mast about two feet shorter than the one on mine. ...
I've sailed 33-2's now and then over 20 years, and looked at several for purchase and thought they all have the same rig, so this is surprising news. Can you explain the source?
12-27-2012 08:10 PM
Re: Cal 33-2 Tender?

Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't consider calling any cruising sailboat tender. If you reef and furl according to the conditions, then you can sail comfortably in anything up to 25 knots. And if you don't reef and furl, then you're tender. I made a funny.
12-24-2012 09:28 AM
Re: Cal 33-2 Tender?

I own a 1985 Cal 33. Later 33's had a mast about two feet shorter than the one on mine. She is not particularly tender, the PO told me he never had the rail in the water, and I never have. The earlier posts concerning using a 130% or less jib are good advice. I have a 150 and above 15 knots this will overpower the boat.
10-15-2012 11:49 PM
Re: Cal 33-2 Tender?

33-2 SD here. Just finished long uphill slug in 25 knots. 100 and single reef main, boat did well.
07-22-2012 04:06 AM
Mark S.
Re: Cal 33-2 Tender?

As per the Cal mystique, their inherent quality speaks for the boat's quality of workmanship & sturdiness. They cross oceans regularly (properly equipped, of course); Seasters, the 1979 31' I have (31'6" LOA) recently performed quite well in 20+ knots while we dodged thunderstorms (some in San Diego and others towards L.A.) with only a light sprinkling along the latter part of a 7 hours sail on the way back from Catalina. When the wind started exceeding 15 knots, simply reduce the main (and I completely furled the 100% jib) for about the last 1 hour for a much more relaxing sail on a run back to Dana Point harbor in great control. Sure, a lighter boat with almost 500 sq. ft. of sail will be both tender and more responsive, leans more but slices through the waves as compared to more of a pounding feel with a stiffer/flatter sailboat. Tried a boom preventer using the boom vang for the first time leaving Avalon on the port side. Set it back in the middle later (carefully not dropping any parts I didn't have in certainty the back up part for). Had a bit of drama resulting from the boom vang line not being cleated resulting in an auto gybe (luckily in light weather, and a lesson Well Learned). These boats can handle like a champ and are easily pointed (meaning a well-balanced sailboat I've been told by my neighbor, a top racer) within a small degree without the use of auto pilot or locking/hold down screw.

A good surveyor, of course find one of the best, reputable person you can find, and he or she can tell you if the boat you are looking at is good or not. It is pretty straightforward, and try to get one that never had (or will get, I'm told) hull blistering from the osmotic scientific stuff. My neighbor's hull looks like a golf ball and mine has 1 (from the mfg/mold process at the keel separation).

I'm just another person who now (just this year got one) knows, so the rest is just what you like, really; other brands out there, both old & new, I'm sure I'd like to score next, like Shannon or Pac Seacraft. Benneteau's are less pricey but I've read somewhat are heavier duty than some other modern boats I've heard. Have fun!
11-06-2010 01:45 AM
ashmun The Cal 33-2 has a sail area/displacement ratio of I believe 18.08, so consider using a working jib (i.e. something under 100%) to start. Putting one reefing the main is okay but might be challenging if you do not have a reefing system or not used to reefing. I’m assuming you don’t have a furling system. I’ve owned two Cals (2-30 and T/4 designed by Lapworth) and found them both to be a lot of fun. I single handed by T/4 (24’) for twenty years before moving up to the 30’ which I owned for 7 years before deciding to move up to a 38’.
11-05-2010 08:20 PM
deniseO30 wow. I only said it "seems" to be the same boat!
11-05-2010 08:07 PM
Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
With all due respect to Denise, it is NOT the same as a Pearson 33-2.
I believe the Pearson is a Shaw design and the Cal is a Hunt.
Their designs do use similar, and very practical, hull forms.
11-05-2010 11:28 AM
eherlihy The CAL 33-2 is a nice boat. I looked at, and sailed a few of them. They should be fine in 15 kts, but you will soon be thinking about reefing. Someone already pointed out that the physics dictate that, all other things equal, a shoal draft boat will heel more than a deep fin keel.

With all due respect to Denise, it is NOT the same as a Pearson 33-2. The interior layout is very different (ex. Galley to Port on the CAL, Starboard on the Pearson, Head to aft on the Pearson, no aft cabin on the CAL), the drafts are different, the keel options are different...

Here, I'll show you;
CAL 33-2

Pearson 33-2
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