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Old 16-01-2015, 10:48   #1
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1983 Cal 35 opinions please

I am currently in the market for a sailboat, this will be our 5th sailboat, and I'm a Boatwright, so I'm not a novice. Our last boat was a Union 36 cutter which we took down the coast from WA to warmer waters. What we're now searching for is a moderate displacement, more modern cruiser in the same size range. Something we can take back down to Mexico in a few years from our cruising grounds here in WA. Our budget is $50K, and, since I refit boats for a living, performing repairs/upgrades is a no-brainer, and affordable.
So... I am scheduled to look at a 1983 Cal 35 Mk II this weekend. Not the motorsailing Cal Cruising 35, but the actual low-cabin sloop model. The Cals I have worked on in the past have struck me as well-built, suitable for coastal and mild offshore work. I'm aware of the Cal "beam" problems, as well as some rudder de-lams. What I would like is to hear from someone with personal experience with these particular boats, any found weaknesses, etc..

Thanks to all!
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