I purchased a 1989 CAL 33-2 earlier this summer. It has spent its entire life on Lake Ontario
and has been very well maintained. It is a deep keel, 6'2" and sails
extremely well to wind
. I have seen no oil canning in the hull even in 6-8 foot seas. (By the way the waves are much closer together on Lake Ontario
than they are in a typical ocean environment
Some of the things I really like about the boat:
- Sails extremely well. I often leave similar sized boats far behind.
- Wide side decks for easy movement forward
- Excellent motion even in very rough seas. No pounding.
- Secure cockpit with high and very functional bridge deck. Definitely designed to take a broaching wave and stand up. Also well sized cockpit drains.
- Significant rudder and tiller control for smooth control even in following seas
- Lots of interior room. It is usually confused with a 36' boat
- Kitchen access is out of the way for anyone moving from the front to the back of the boat.
- Kitchen feels secure underway and well laid out. My wife prefers the layout over our home kitchen.
- Lots of room in the head
- Outstanding engine access under a shell just below the ladder
- Tons of storage space.
- Outstanding access to the stuffing box, batteries, tankage etc.
- The boat came with a Kiwi prop that provide great thrust forward and back with little propwalk
- We have had 12 people on the boat in the cockpit and below for diner and drinks. It was tight but everyone fit. I actually like the central table layout below. Both my wife and I have worked (laptop and phone) on our boat with lots of room to spare. And we routinely fit 6+ people around the table.
- 2 Excellent propane storage lockers. I just replaced a tank while underway last weekend with no drama or difficulty.
- I have a hydraulic back-stay. Also the mast is tapered. The combination makes putting a bend and reducing weather helm very easy.
I have not found any significant issues yet. Mostly just regular maintenance
stuff, and I want to install solar panels
. One last thing to note, the previous owner installed a larger holding tank
under the v-berth. That and the foam he installed around the tank likely reinforced the bow of the boat and reduced any oil canning.
I wouldn't take her off shore for a ocean crossing
but we have done 50-60 mile days on the lake with relative ease so I would be confident island hopping. The best thing I can say about the boat is that my wife who is relatively new to sailing loves taking her out on a rough day and sailing it with the rail down. She feels very confident on the Cal 33-2.
If you are looking at a CAL 33-2 or already own one I would be more than happy to hear from you.