Thanks for sharing on this interesting thread.
Next March we will have had our Cal 46
for 33 years. Here name is "SATORI"
Why that name? First the owner/builder Jack Jensen named all of the Cal
boats he built for himself SATORI. When we bought her from Jack's estate, there was no way the name would change after having been a student of Zen for many years. She is enlightened.
Of course, as with all Cal
Boats she was designed by the genius Bill Lapworth, as a matter of fact he was bidding against me for SATORI, but I won. Like all of his boats, she is fast, sea kindly, easy handling and perfectly functional for two people to live aboard and cruise
. We cruised full time from May 1988 to December 2002, but had to swallow the anchor
to care for aging family
members. I could go on for pages describing our SATORI, but the OP asked
"Do you really know your boat?"
Yes! We do in many ways. After two yers in Mexico
and Central America
we came through the Panama Canal
15 May 1990, piddled around exploring Panama
then realized we were not in California
season was approaching, so we headed for Mobile, Alabama
. The trade
winds had moved a bit south and were averaging 15 knots, so a #3 jib
and one reef in the main we broad reached non-stop from Panama
averaging 6.7 Knots, only running the engine
when in the lee of Cuba
, by the Yucatan
We had planned on short stops at several places along the way, but when I asked the Admiral she said, "No, this is too sweet." SATORI loves to broad reach, the winds were right and the Saye's Rig did most of the steering
I did run the genset so the ice cream would be firm and beer
cold, but that too is part of the dream. Since then we have had other notable passages that were enlightened, like Puerto Rico
to Key West
, dead down wind
in the trades. Two jibs poled out with a reefed mainsail
dead amidships to reduce rolling, she was singing to us.
Enough, I could go on and on but.... the dream is over as age and health
issues preclude anymore cruising. SATORI is at our dock
behind our house on Bayou Chico, still loved and well maintained. We both cry when we discuss letting her go, but I guess we should.