Re: Cal 29 beam rot
WOW "The Beam of Death"!
I have hull # 3 and have been very satisfied with the construction of the hull and deck. The glassed hull to deck joint and encapsulated keel were two big selling points for me. The "beam of death" was of no interest to me as I have some experience in materials science and in my opinion the beam could have been left out during construction and the fiberglass beam would have supported the mast compression load just fine. One strong point with the Cal design is keeping the compression post up high where it stays dry.
(Take a look at most other boats in this size range and the Cal 29 mast is very well supported. Most just come to the cabin sole liner or direct to the boat bottom.)