In the mid 90s I delivered a Cal
35(dash 2, or maybe dash 3) from Hawaii
to SF. It had been raced over in a cruising class. About 4 hours out of Honolulu I turned around and went back because the rudder
post was flexing so bad that I thought something major was wrong. I had a surveyor
come to the boat, and he said "They all do that, dont worry about it". At the time, I was used to sailing larger boats, and any flexing felt weird, and the Hawaiian channels are some of the roughest sailing in the Pacific. I left again the next morning, and it was still flexing, but I trusted the surveyor
, and continued on. A day out and conditions calmed enough that I never felt it flex after that. Had a really nice delivery
, and the boat sailed very well, and seemed to be well built other than the rudder
post. If I owned one, I would do some kind of stiffening to that area, but. Most people can sail a lifetime and not get beat up as much as one can in the Hawaiian channels, so maybe it is not necessary to beef it up, but I would. Overall, a very nice sailing boat. Just my 2 cents worth. _______Grant.