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I'm a new owner of a 1987 Cal 28-2 and haven't been able to find much as far as an owners group for this model. I'm having her relocated from Lake Lanier outside Atlanta to Lake Norman, just north of Charlotte, NC.

Most of the posts I've found through Google are old and/or dead. eMail addresses are no longer good, links are dead, etc.

My new boat is the shoal draft version of the C-28. I'd be interested in any facts, opinions, or otherwise on the performance differences between the two. I haven't seen that there's any difference in either PHRF or Portsmouth ratings based on the draft. Not sure if that means that the shallow draft makes up for time on the downwind legs or if there just weren't enough made to justify a rating.

At any rate, I'd be interested in hearing from other owners of this model.
 

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Don't know much about shoal draft version. Do you race yours? I'm racing mine this weekend in the PHRF New England Championships.

Have you ever rebedded the stanchions? Need ideas on how to do this since there's no access to stanchion bolts. Hole saw?

Chris Foley
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Cal 28-2
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Chris - there's an access panel behind the setee cushions on my boat to get to the stanchions. I haven't looked at the plate but would think you'd be able to rebed them without having to take the stanchions loose. My last boat just had a stainless cover that went over and around the base where the bolt pierced the deck. I just had to unscrew that and lift it up, clean all the old sealant off, and rebed it. Hopefully it's that easy on the Cal.

I haven't raced her yet. Just got her this summer and had to wait until mid July to get the mast stepped and rigged up. Our fall series is starting next month so I'll be interested to see how she does on the upwind legs. Had her out two weeks ago and hit 7.0 on the knot meter on a broad reach - so she will get up and go off the wind.

Good luck in your race and on your maintenance.

Bob Nolen
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The Cal 28-2 is a nice package, a smaller version of the 33 which was runnerup on my last buying list.

PHRFNE doesn't have a Cal 28 SD rating, but the allowance for the 33 SD is 6 seconds, and I bet it would be the same. Not too many folks race the SD versions of boats if they can get ahold of a deep keel as credit allowances like six seconds don't come close to the actual perfoamance loss...

PS - Chris, I'll look you up tomorrow night, I'm doing mainsheet on the Henderson 30 Wild Thing...
 

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Chris - how did you do in your first race? So far I've been pleasantly surprised by the shoal draft performance. I've done two races on her and took 4th (out of 19) and 1st out of 13. She pointed as high as a J-24 last weekend, although I lost a bit more leeway than the J - but was parallel to the J's tack.
How did the deep draft do? Were you able to take care of the stanchions? I haven't had any problem with leaks (yet) so would like to know if you found the source and fixed it.
Love the boat! Perfect mix of performance and space for the family. We've done a couple of overnights as well, which we never could do on our old boat.
Good luck!
 

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I was looking for information on our new (to us) 1986 Cal 28 (deep draft) and came across your posts. Any links, information etc. on the boat would be appreciated. We sail out of Kent Island on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay across from Annapolis.

Thanks!

Greg
 

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Greg - I've been really pleased with my 28 all around. I was concerned initially about the shoal draft and how it would effect performance, but in my little PHRF club, I posted a 1st, two 2nds, and a 5th (first race with the new boat).

The deep draft probably points a degree higher than I can and doesn't slip off as much to leeward. But I've gotten to 7's on the knot meter on a close reach. Playing the traveller helps with the weather helm and I haven't had any spin outs from rounding up in a gust. Lake sailing here in NC you get a bit of every type of wind - often in the same outing.

I've only found one link that's good for the 28-2. There's a lot out there on the 28 but the Mk2 was a short run and I'm not even sure how many they produced before they went BK.

Here's a link to the measurements for the sail plan. Cal 28 Sailboat Cal Boats Jensen Marine Cal 28 Bill Lathrop Jack Jensen Good Old Boat
It's got all the Cal's in there so be sure you pull up the 28-2.

How are you liking your new boat so far?
 

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Cal 28-2

Hi Gang, I'm another Cal 28-2 owner. I'm located in Connecticut and sail Long Island Sound and points east.. My racing days are mostly in the past, back when I was a partner on a Santana 30 that we raced extensively. I've had my 1896 Cal, Nauti-Dog, for 3 years now and I'm very happy with her performance.

One thing she's missing though is a backstay adjuster. I'm getting ready to add one before the boat goes in the water in a few weeks. Anyone have any recommendations? (I wish there were more of us out there... I used to have a Tanzer 22 that had a HUGH owners group.)

Anyhow, I'm leaning towards a Sailtec model 10 hydraulic unit (or maybe a model 8, have to go down to the yard and measure the pin dia tomorrow); or perhaps a simple Wichard non-hydraulic model which is not much more than a big turnbuckle with a wheel to adjust things on the fly.

Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks.
 

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Cal Boats Info

The following site might be of interest to you Cal owners:

CAL SAILBOATS

FWIW...

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Cal 28-2 water heater

Hi. I'm trying to replace the water heater for my Cal 28-2 "Morning Star." You'd save my life if you know the brand and model # of the original.

Many thanks!

Chris Foley
Cal 28-2
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Water heater for Cal 28-2

Chris, I'm sorry to say I don't know the original make/model. I need to replace mine this year too. If I work up the energy to pull the old one before Spring, I may be able to find that info. Maybe next weekend.. If you find out from someone else, please let me know. Thanks
 

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Hi. I'm trying to replace the water heater for my Cal 28-2 "Morning Star." You'd save my life if you know the brand and model # of the original.

Many thanks!

Chris Foley
Cal 28-2
Morning Star
Marblehead, MA
Chris,

We just bought ours and I went through the previous owner's literature. I can't confirm if this is original since the PO insulated it and I haven't had a close look at it yet. He had a manual from Atwood Water Heaters (4750 Hiawatha Drive Rockford, IL 61103 815-877-7461). Inside it lists Heat Exchange Models (GH-3 and GH6-4E) and Electric Water Heaters (models EHM6-SM and EHM11-SM). It also lists gas water heaters, but I don't think that applies here. I can scan the manual in and send it to you if you'd like. It may be too big as an attachment for Sailnet, so if there's another address you use, let me know.
 

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Hi Guys,

I bought one of these boats mid season (here in Maryland) and am pretty sure that my H2O heater is original (at least it looks so.) I don't know what the brand is at the moment but have plans to go to the boat this weekend and would be more than happy to snap a picture of the installation and info plate for you.

Mike

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Hi. I'm trying to replace the water heater for my Cal 28-2 "Morning Star." You'd save my life if you know the brand and model # of the original.

Many thanks!

Chris Foley
Cal 28-2
Morning Star
Marblehead, MA
Hi Chris,

If you are still looking, it appears that the heater in my 1988 is a Atwood EHM6-SM. I snapped a few pictures, but most were either over or underexposed (due to the flash at close range). Hope this helps.

Mike
1988Cal 28-2
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