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I've been looking at a couple of Cal 33-2's that are for sale. Seems like a nice boat. Is there an active owners group? One concern I have before pulling the trigger is having experienced owners to bounce issues off of. Any help would be appreciated. Also if anyone could share any particular concerns with the boat that would be appreciated.
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I don't know the Boat but a quick google search looks really good, I like the engine access and double aft berth reminds me of my boat
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I know the boat well, and looked at several of them.

Engine access is great, and they sail well. My biggest dislike is with the "U" shaped salon settee.


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I own one. It's a 1985, hull #35. I've owned it since 2009 and am the 4th owner. It's a great mid-sized racer/cruiser. Well made, excellent sailing boat, fast for her size and vintage (PHRF of 132), nice spacious interior. As was mentioned, engine access is excellent. Note there are two versions - deep keel and shoat keel. I have the shoal keel version (4'8") and am very happy with it. You give up surprisingly little upwind performance and has none of the potential problems of a keel-centerboard boat.

No unique issues to the boat that I am aware of. It is now a 30 year old boat, so all the age related problems can pop up. Deck is cored, but hull is solid glass. Chainplate design is great, with rods that tie into the structural grid. and easy to check U bolts that go through the deck.

And I actually like the U-shaped dinette. Remove the back cushions and it makes the best berth on the boat. If I was to do it all over, I would buy a Cal 33-2 again.

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Thanks for responses. Is anyone aware of an owner's association or usergroup?
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Thanks for responses. Is anyone aware of an owner's association or usergroup?

There is a CAL user group: [email protected]

I have a CAL 31. Encapsulated Keel, solid fiberglass hull, something other than wood core on the top (don't recall, but good stuff). CAL's, especially the later models seem especially well built.
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My dockmate has one. Nice boat, roomy below and sails well. Only negative the owner told me is that the bow tends to oilcan in a chop.
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How big a deal is oil canning? I assume boat it pretty unlikely to just shatter. Really just an annoyance or concern about impacting joints?
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How big a deal is oil canning? I assume boat it pretty unlikely to just shatter. Really just an annoyance or concern about impacting joints?
I've never experienced it. And I've been in some rough seas. The Cal 33-2 hull is pretty solid.

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How big a deal is oil canning? I assume boat it pretty unlikely to just shatter. Really just an annoyance or concern about impacting joints?
Bashing around South Cape Cod ... it was enough of an issue that I had my yard core the vberth topsides. It was in no danger of failing, but did show signs of stress cracking at the vberth / hull joint and definitely oil-canned in the slop.

Note that a Cal 33-2 did the 2016 Bermuda 1-2.

Things I don't like ...

- the oil-canning (fixed).

- the angular deck design has many sharp edges and corners that are more prone to voids, stress cracks, and hurt more when you run into them. Its a really dumb way to mold a deck.

- The U shaped starboard settee and fixed table. Would rather a straight berth, bulkhead hung table to get it out of the way, and a fore/aft nav table w/ seat.

- I've had wet balsa in the immediate vicinity of the all of the deck hatches and at least the forward legs of the pushpit. Not a lot of care taken by the builder to seal the core at the penetration points.

The pros

- great sailing boat. Shoal draft goes surprising well upwind. Sails well to its PHRF rating with a good bottom and sails.

- strong engine with great access.

- stout Isomat rig.

- good headroom.

- large vberth.

I've owned an 86 for nearly 20 years now. It still fits my requirements.
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