Nice boats. A friend of mine has one and I did a fair bit of sailing on it.
Which model do you have, 1 or 2?
The mark1 model has a mild to moderate weather helm
problem. The Mark 2 & 3 solved
this by using a taller mast
and shortening the boom. Despite the decrease in sail area they have a better PHRF rating.
For those with the Mark1 model the normal way of dealing with the problem is to reef a little early. My friend had to find a new main for his boat and turns out the Baba30 has the same hoist but is shorter on the foot, which cured the problem for my friend.
The other cure I have seen is to add a short to moderate bow sprit (24-36"). The change in center of effort for the head
sail cured the problem. Also increase the area of the foretriangle.
The other issue to look for, which is common to most Cals, not just the 34, is the steel
beam in the way of the mast
. Between the main cabin
and the head
compartment there is a 8-15" sill to step over molded into the liner pan. Hidden inside this sill is a steel
beam. Some were manufactured in stainless, but I believe most were mild steel. Depending on upkeep practices by previous owners this beam many be rusting out. a different friend of mine with a Cal 40 has screw-in inspection ports
in the sill put there by the previous owner to allow inspection
Here is a link to one owner's fix for a Cal 29
: Wilkie's Sailboat Page
I thought I had an original drawing for the beam dimensions somewhere but can't find it.
Of note about the Cal34-1, rudder
will spin 360 (tiller models) , makes backing a lot easier.
If you make it down to San Diego
let me know, we can get together.