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Old 06-10-2015, 08:01   #1
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Which Cal 34?

I just bought a 1976 Cal 34 and would love to know the difference between the 34, 34-2, and 34-3? Why did they make these changes? How can you tell which Cal is which?
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Old 06-10-2015, 08:17   #2
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Re: Which Cal 34?

A friend went through this on a Cal39.

For info start here....
CAL 34 sailboat specifications and details on sailboatdata.com

Then notice lower on the page links to the other models.

I'm going back there now to have a look.
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Re: Which Cal 34?

If yours is a 76 model it should be a mark2. The first model ended in 75 and the third began in 77.

Assuming the data is correct of course.

They all share the same hull, the later two have a higher aspect rig and other small changes. The third has a cockpit redesign and standard wheel steering.
I think I noticed the mark3 has a higher ballast/displacement ratio.

Now some actual owners can chime in with better input.
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The tall mast/short boom conversion was made due to perceived problems with weather helm. Mine has been converted which also allows midboom sheeting with a traveler on the coachroof. The original chainplates and rigging were weak. Most have been strengthened. The very long tiller required the helmsman to sit forward in the cockpit with a somewhat obstructed view, mine has been changed to Edson wheel steering but the tiller hardware is intact for emergency use.

I believe the companionway height was raised somewhat and coaming boards were not required to keep water from entering the cockpit. The companionway slides became better designed.

Most of the early models had side galleys and a large dinette, later aft galleys and twin settees.

The woodwork is a little nicer on early models. Not sure about the propulsion but likely early models had Atomic 4's.
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