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Re: "New" Cal Boats Made in USA?
That 43 footer is a lovely design. I think you are getting to the point that I was trying to make. Those older designs have many virtues that extend beyond the aesthetic. But as you know better than any of us amateurs, there is also a lot that can be done in terms of hull form, and rig proportion to improve motion comfort, ease of handling, liveability, and performance.
I doubt that the original Cal molds or plugs were stored in a manner that they can be used without a major restoration, and so instead of pouring that money into an out of date design, it would make a lot more sense to produce a hybrid that has the aesthetics and virtues of the old Cal's, but which takes advantage of the 40 years of progress that has occurred since they were originally designed.
I suspect that if Bill Lapworth were still with us, he would be the first to agree.
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