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Cal 27 T/2

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I was wondering if I could get some insight on my boat. I have a 1973 cal T/2. I bought this boat because it was cheap and something good to learn on. As im getting better I'm wanting to sail further and further. For example the keys and Bahamas. Should I look for an upgrade or is my boat ok for this? My draft is 4.5', beam is 9', LOA is 27'
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Re: Cal 27 T/2

The Cal is a good rugged little boat, I'm sure you'd be totally fine for the Keys, and with a good weather window hopping to the Bahamas seems do-able.. though I'd expect that if you get a rough crossing of the stream that would be less uncomfortable on something more substantial. (Caveat: Keep in mind I'm a West Coaster so have no direct experience with that)

As long as the boat is well found and the rigging in good shape, I think this is one of those cases where it's more about the sailor than the boat..

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Ok thanks for the input sir
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Hey guys.
I was wondering if I could get some insight on my boat. I have a 1973 cal T/2. I bought this boat because it was cheap and something good to learn on. As im getting better I'm wanting to sail further and further. For example the keys and Bahamas. Should I look for an upgrade or is my boat ok for this? My draft is 4.5', beam is 9', LOA is 27'
You eventually will be the first and best judge of that. When you and the boat are ready, you'll know you're ready. When you're asking strangers, you're not.
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I really don't care what happens to myself or the boat. I have life jackets and good insurance. Lol J/k however I want to know my limitations. For example wave height my boat can handle with the right person on the helm, max wind rating.
Those are two I can think of. I don't want to be worried about the unknown. If I know my parameters then obviously I'll stay within them. Thanks
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Re: Cal 27 T/2

I used to ask these very same questions. After only 12 months of experience on the Atlantic, I can tell you that Jackdaw is 100% correct. People have sailed across the Atlantic in a 12' dinghy....only you will know your boat (and more importantly, its condition) and your abilities. Your confidence will tell you when you are ready. Good to stretch the limits, but do so in a way that you can return and learn from them.

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All right sounds like a plan, just wing it lol!
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Re: Cal 27 T/2

The T2 has the same hull as the Cal 27 and 2-27. The 2-27 has been used up and down the west coast and even around the world. You might want to look into upgrading the rigging if you havent already. Here is a couple great articles on the 2-27 rigging, much of which applies to the T2.

Seal's Spars and Rigging: The Cal 2-27
Seal's Spars and Rigging: Cal 2-27's and Spar Losses


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Hey Capt. Sandbar, did you retrieve your halyard and replace the shroud? How did that all work out, did someone have to go up the mast? Hope you are enjoying your new digs in SC.
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Yeah I got everything settled. The shroud just popped off the spreader and yes I went up to get my main halyard.
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