40's are awesome boats. I crew on one, and love it.
For an upside story, check out the restoration
of a Cal 40 on Youtube. Schaefer Marine
picked one up for free (you know the story) and they are doing a complete restoration
. Glassing the deck
seam, reinforcing under the deck for a baby stay, reinforcing the bilge
to reduce keel flex, fairing the hull
...lots of cool stuff.
It is now on the hard
, upside down resting on a wood frame (facilitates bottom work and glass work under the decks). I went to see the boat at the Berkeley Marina. It will take a lot of work and money
, but it is great to see a Cal 40 coming back to life. That boat will be spectacular.
I clearly remember sailing my El Toro over to see the first Cal 40 in our marina. I remember just how beautiful it was. They still are.
Check out the videos. I thin there are seven or so. Search for Cal 40 Sailboat Restoration Shaefer Marine