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Old 15-09-2008, 14:14   #1
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Bow thuster in a Cal 3-46

Looking for information from any one who as had a bow thruster put in a Cal 3-46?
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Old 15-09-2008, 16:35   #2
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Are you a 3-46 owner? Only met one other! Considering there were only 25 made I dunno that you will run across anyone else with a 3-46. anyhow I don't have a bow thruster in my 3-46, don't really know why you would want one to be honest, if you do make sure you get something that closes up so you don't have a lot of extra drag.

I've docked her in 25 knot winds and had no need for a bow thruster. The prop is Left hand rotation so it will walk to port a little in reverse, even more so if you have a feathering prop.

You already own the boat or looking to buy?
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Old 24-09-2008, 18:17   #3
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Cal 3-46

With plans to sail her single handed at times, have been looking into all options to make the job easier/safer. Was told a bow thuster was a good option, especially when trying to maneuver in Marinas with strong crosswinds.
I suppose the install would be similar in a 2-46 since the hull is the same. We really like the layout of the 3-46 and finding one was just pure luck.
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Old 25-09-2008, 03:46   #4
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An interesting History of the Cal 46: < cal46.org/hist.htm >
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You might ask others at the CAL46 Owners Association:
< cal46.org >
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I suspect you'll find it's a highly unusual modification.
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Old 25-09-2008, 07:46   #5
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I've tried to get in touch with them I don't thin they are still very active, but worth a try.
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FWIW, while I don't have a 3-46, I had a thruster installed on our Jeanneau 40 a little over a year ago. We love it. I opted for a Vetus. Whether docking or picking up a mooring, it makes life so much easier. I can see no noticeable loss of sailing performance either.
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Greetings.

I'm new to this group and joined because I'm in the market for a boat to live aboard and actively cruise. I suspect the Cal 46, in one of its configurations, may be a good choice for my wife and I. I'd like to hear from someone(s) about their experiences with the Cal 46 and any Cal 46 specific issues I should know about or plan to deal with as part of a refit to bring it up to cruising standards. If anyone could point me to diagrams of the interior layouts of each configuration that would be helpful as well. As a final question, I'm 6' 7". What does anyone have to say about headroom in the salon, galley, and under a bimini? Do all the configurations have the same headroom?

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I think finding a sailboat with as much head room as the Cal 2-46/3-46 in the same size or even bigger would be nearly impossible... At least that is what I have found. Now as far as 6' 7" I'm thinking I have more like 6' 6" headroom on the main salon, about 6' 8" in the galley and 6' 10" in the engine room. If you google cal 46 you can find a lot more info and diagrams. Only two layouts that I'm aware of , the 2-46 an 3-46. Happy Hunting... they are few and far between to find.
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