I'm a big fan of the 30 foot Cals; the original Cal30, the 2-30 & 3-30.
The original Cal30 was a cut-away keel
, keel-hung rudder boat that was a competative racer
for it's time, but was built solid, to take one anywhere. The negatives, for me, are headroom
& that it is hard to find one in decent shape that the owner will part with.
The 2-30 I recently bought appeals to me because of it's thick, solid hull, it's better headroom
& the twin qtr. berth and (god help me) dinette version lay-out. I like the mainsheet traveller being mounted on the transom, and that my particular boat has a masthead rig, but the latter is a modification, as is the 3' higher mast
. But only time & a long journey will answer my own question as to whether it is comparable to my past 3-30, a very different animal. I don't care for the 2-30s backstay aft-transom-attachment design or deck-stepped mast
, nor it's lack of secured storage
area. to each, their own.
My last boat, the Cal 3-30, I consider comparable to, better than most, in her size range. Advertised disp/ballast was 47.6% and reality was probably not far off, allowing for ability to carry a fair bit of gear
and with the relative heftiness of the boat, without a noticeable difference in sailing performance. When I added a thru-hull, the plug
I removed was just shy of 2". Internal lead ballast, keel-stepped mast, knees to keel
base & heavily glassed in, thick mast & standing rigging
, solid deck equipment
& a dedicated nav station, were great points for me. The waterline length is 1.5' longer than the 2-30, she carries more beam, & slightly more headroom, if I remember correctly. I didn't like the bridge-deck mounted mainsheet traveller & would have preferred twin qtr. berths, instead of one, but you can only have so much in the interior of a 30' boat. I really had to work to bury the toe-rail, maybe winds of 22+knots(seemed like more), sheeted in, with full canvas
. Hard to keep the toe-rail buried for long.
Obviously, I'm biased. But I do not believe that I could have found a better performing boat in this size than the 3-30, especially when one considers the price category. I hope that by the time I've finished my upcoming trip I can say the same about the 2-30. I believe these Cal boats compare favourably to the Ericsons, Islanders & Pearsons in their size range, perhaps the Albergs & Spencers, as well. Once you move to 33 to 37 feet, however, the Ericsons, Pearsons, Albergs & Spencers are awfully attractive, but I'll leave comparisons to those who have owned the Cal 33, 34 & 36. Sorry to offend, but I don't think that the Catalina 30
30 - of any vintage - deserve to be discussed in the same breath as the afore-mentioned boats, they are(imho) so much "less than".