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Anyone near Haverstraw, NY and familiar with Cal 29 "beam rot"?

I'm looking at a Cal 29 located in Haverstraw, NY (I'm located in Wisconsin) and the one huge issue that apparently many Cal 29's have (and other Cals from the 70s) is something called beam rot.

If you just google "cal 29 beam rot" you'll see plenty of threads from sailnet and other places. I think it's a beam that goes under a compression post? Something like that. And basically, if the beam needs replacing...well, better look for a different Cal. Seems to basically depend on if the original beam is stainless, or if it's been replaced with a stainless steel beam at some point in history.

Just thought I'd check if anyone in the area happens to be familiar with this, and how to check for it. I'd gladly pay for a fellow forum community user to check the particular boat for the dreaded beam rot.

For a $3k boat, not sure a full survey is worth it. But I've been eyeing up Cal 29s and this one seems to be in decent shape at a good price.

Here's the listing: 1973 Cal 29 sailboat for sale in New York

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Re: Anyone near Haverstraw, NY and familiar with Cal 29 "beam rot"?

Looks like a great boat at a very reasonable price. CAL beam rot is an overblown problem IMO. Worst case, you can install a new beam and it does not have to be pretty, only functional. It is a load transfer issue that can be fixed in more than one way.

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EDIT: The owner just told me they received an offer already. Oh well.

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Re: Anyone near Haverstraw, NY and familiar with Cal 29 "beam rot"?

Too bad. It was priced to sell.
We did stop in at Haverstraw Marina's fuel dock yesterday but I did not have time to look for the boat you are interested in. We took my friends boat to another marina in Stony Point (just north of Haverstraw) for over winter storage.

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Re: Anyone near Haverstraw, NY and familiar with Cal 29 "beam rot"?

Iíve had my Cal 29 since 1990 and I am just now looking into the mast pumpimg. I think this is caused by the mast compression post and support beam needing some attention.
My boat has always been in fresh water so the steel beam does not detereat as fast as if it were in a salt water envirment.
So I would look for a fresh water Cal.
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Re: Anyone near Haverstraw, NY and familiar with Cal 29 "beam rot"?

I'm directly across the river from Haverstraw. If it doesn't sell, lmk. I'm always looking for a reason to fire up the runabout.
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