Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 01-03-2013, 15:19   #1
Registered User
 
campuscab's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit
Boat: CAL 20
Posts: 111
Well after months of watching Craigslist and Ebay, driving to marinas, I finally bought a boat. I started out with a $5,000 budget. After paying bills, buying the wife a car my budget was way less. Then I had to store, slip the boat, etc. I had almost gave up and put the dream away for another year until I saw an ad. Boats starting at $1,000. Well that sounded like me so. I called. The guy and his wife turned out to be great. They had a small marina on the Detroit river and had a couple if dozen boats between 1 and 5k. I settled on a cal 20. Good for my budget, easy to handle, can tow if needed, and I think they look pretty cool. He had a couple that were very nice in th 25ft range and 2-3k range. The one was raced so the rigging was pretty complicated and intimadating. The Cal looked friendly. I have done my sare of sailing centerboard daysailers, had a laser, sunfish, oday. So this did not seem to be a far jump. There are a few I would love to have that were bigger but this one called out to me. "It's good enough". (that's the name of the boat.) I looked at 24 boats atleast today and many,were bigger, cleaner, nicer but she called to me. I don't know why but as soon as,I saw her I knew that, was my boat. I got a slip on the the river for 750. The couple were awesome. Telling me stories about bahamas trips in a 16 ft boat,local races, the pet goat. This is sailing at its best. There are too many people that think you need a crew of 8 and 250,000 to sail. So I will keep everyone posted. Now I am patiently awaiting the ice to melt. We are betting April first.
__________________

__________________
campuscab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 11:44   #2
Registered User
 
OldPelican's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Boat: Watkins 27
Posts: 61
Re: Cal 20

the Cal 20 is a great boat with a fine history. I've seen a few that required immense strength of will not to buy. if I were even twenty years younger I'd go for one in a heartbeat; however, at my age a camping boat is a little short of the creature comforts these old bones require now
__________________

__________________
OldPelican is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 12:02   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,949
Re: Cal 20

I used to own a Cal20. Sailed her from Newport all over the Buzzards Bay/Nantucket area. The nice thing about them is they are such sweet sailors that you really sail everywhere. Many times we would be ghosting along at a nice pace watching all the cruising boats motoring, and in any decent wind they move right out.
__________________
Kettlewell Cruising
Kettlewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 16:51   #4
Registered User
 
campuscab's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit
Boat: CAL 20
Posts: 111
It was frozen still not melted maybe next week. There were a dozen people at the marina today. The water is great for bringing people together. This,is going to be,a great summer

Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130303_184846.jpg
Views:	87
Size:	102.3 KB
ID:	56090
__________________
campuscab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 17:12   #5
Registered User
 
GeoPowers's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Gulfport, MS
Boat: Beneteau 393
Posts: 947
Images: 27
Re: Cal 20

I loved my Cal 20. You'll have a great time for sure.

Frank
GeoPowers is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 19:53   #6
Registered User
 
islander20's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 70
Ive had my Cal 20 for about 8 months now and love it. Its a lot of fun to sail, feels a lot faster than it is. I had mine up to 7.5 kts. surfing on a broad reach. Read stories about guys getting them up to 15 kts. with the spinnaker. Really responsive too. Having a tarp tied over the boom is really nice in the sun and in the rain. Have fun!
__________________
islander20 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2013, 19:59   #7
Registered User
 
campuscab's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Detroit
Boat: CAL 20
Posts: 111
The couple I bought it from made a boom tent on theirs. He owns dozens of boats and still takes ot the smaller ones like the Cals
__________________

__________________
campuscab is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cal 20

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 06:08.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.