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Re: Cal 21 Owners
When the wind is blowing strong, the CAL 21 sails pretty good with just the mainsail, or with the main reefed and using a smaller jib (like the 110% "working jib". You may not point as high under just main, but sometimes laying off just a little (and retrimming the set of the sails) make it a lot more comfortable and boat often goes faster when nor over-canvassed! One thing that 38 years of CAL 21 sailing experience can teach you! <GRIN!> Oh, and a boom vang to help flatten the sail will also make it more comfortable in higher winds. With 360# of lead at the bottom of her keel, the CAL 21 is pretty stable, but seems to heel just so far..... then stiffens up. A quick gust may lay her over if she isn't moving fast enough to "shake it off", but letting go the sheets lets her come back upright easily. We did take a couple of water flooding the cockpit knockdowns over the years, but never had her go beyond that. Had water inside after one, but only because it flowed in through a vent that we had on the inside of the cockpit coaming, and even then it wasn't much. I was surprised to find that she heeled less with 2 persons aboard than with one...... surprised because that was even with the second person sitting on leeward side.
The 21 really won't plane, at least not like my current O'DAY Day Sailer (centerboard) but like most Lapworth-designed CALs, she will SURF! WOOOOW!
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1970 CAL 21 (sold 2008)
1979 O'DAY DS II
1969 O'DAY Widgeon
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