We bought our Cal 46
thirty three years ago, sailed SoCal waters until 1988, retired and sailed away, 2 years in Mexican waters, Central & South America
, Chesapeake, Cuba
,+. We lived aboard from 1988 to 2002. We are both seasoned sailors, healthy, active and loved it. We bought a home by Bayou Chico, Pensacola
, FL so MIL could live close and we still lived aboard at our dock
behind our house.
We had no problem handling our boat in any conditions. Of course we have SSB
, HAM, Weather
Fax and avoid real nasty weather
. If you are caught in a storm offshore
, you deserve it.
A lot depends on what you want the boat to do for you. In my seminars on selecting your cruising boat, I start by telling you nor to fall in love with a boat because it looks pretty, but to make a list, objectively listing what you intend to do, go, comforts desired and on.
There are many other considerations, like I am 6'3" and want adequate headroom
, my wife likes to cook, so wants an adequate galley
. When Mr. Bill Lapworth designed our boat, his parameters included being able to motor
through known light air parts
of the seas, so we have enough diesel fuel
over 2,000 miles. While we have not crossed oceans on our boat, (we crossed the Atlantic on a friend's boat in 1985), we have made several non-stop coastal voyages. We sailed from southeast of the Panama Canal
to Mobile, Alabama
averaging 6.7 knots, broad reaching only motoring in the lee of Cuba
I can list additional options we wanted, on request. We are currently doing a refit
of our boat and will be putting it on the market :-( as we are too old, with too many health
issues. How many folks do you know who have had the same boat 33 years?
Tom & Bobbie Vandiver, Cal 46