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Old 13-03-2009, 09:45   #1
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Cal 34 in Washington, NC

Hello all,
Was given this site as a wonderful place to go for info and to meet new sailing folks from the guy on the boat next to me...and already it been great. Thanks. As of last Sunday, I am the new owner of a 1969 CAL 34, which is where I sit and type this message. Thank God for wireless marinas. Anyway, just wanted to say thanks ahead of time for all the questions I will be asking along the way.
"Skylark" has a sound hull, engine and set of sails, so I figure I can manage the TLC below, and I will say, she needs it. But, who doesn't need a project that requires all of you time, energy and money. Looking forward to it actually. I am an IT PM for a large HR outsouring firm and haven't left my desk much in the last 4 years. Had to sell my first boat, a 27 Coronado I had on the lower Chesapeake Bay, to take the new position and of course have been thinking about my next boat ever since.
Really excited about getting her into shape and out on the bay in the next few months.
Looking forward to chatting with you on the boards.
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Old 13-03-2009, 09:53   #2
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Jim;

You must be at McCotters. We had our boat there for the first 6 months we owned her - a good DIY Marina. We have since moved her to NW Creek Marina in New Bern. You will enjoy sailing here - lots of good places to visit. Bath is a nice 1/2 day sail, with a town dock and good pizza a 2 minute walk. Watch your depths, as it is mostly shallower than the Bay.

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Old 13-03-2009, 10:17   #3
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Chris,
Thats exactly where we are. The people here are fantastic and helped me out more on the first day than most would have at my last marina after 3 years. Looking forward to getting out as soon as I replace the running rigging and a few other odds and ends.
Still trying to get used to the the concept of a "wind tide" but the depths around the river are certainly thin. Especially with a 5 ft draft...
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Old 13-03-2009, 14:24   #4
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welcome aboard hows the cleat holding?....jt
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Old 13-03-2009, 16:41   #5
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Hi Jim,

Welcome to the board and the area....
As Chris said..... watch your depth and get the unlimited towing package.

We bounced our Cal 2-46 from Va. to SC. Did all the Sounds.
It has a 5'draft and a flat bottomed keel.... go slow when the water gets thin.
It is easy to back out. Soft bottoms every where.
Good holding too.
Get a good dink thats dependable and quick.
There are many beautiful areas that a 5' draft will not allow you to reach.
We carried kayaks to go where our dinks couldn't .

When you get to Beaufort, NC let me know....we'll show you all the Pirate hangouts.....

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Old 13-03-2009, 17:16   #6
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Welcome-

A 1969 Cal, well that reminds me of the day,

( here we go another story) I'll try to keep it short, haha

I was young and crazy and living on my boat a 26' wooden Seabird Yawl

When someone sugested taking a small boat outside in severe storm conditions and try to knock her down. sounded like a good plan at the time.
4 of us surfers put on our wetsuits and figured we would stay just outside the surf line so we could swim into the beach after she knocked down and sank of whatever.

The Coast guard stopped up on the way out of the marina and we somewhow talked our way past them and set full sail in screaming winds and big seas, preparing for the worst.

Well, to our suprise the little boat just healed over and seemed to smooth out the surface and sailed along perfactly! we did get lots of spray and what felt like buckets of water in the face and when we came in a crowd gathered and wanted to know what kind of boat it was.

I remember the owner saying it was a Cal-20 with an Iron Keel
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Old 13-03-2009, 17:47   #7
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Aloha Jim,
Welcome aboard! Good to have you here I don't know what an IT PM in an HR is but it sounds really important. Hope you get lots of money doing it. If you have a boat you'll need it. : )
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Old 13-03-2009, 18:13   #8
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I went last weekend to look at a couple of the boats at McCotters and the one I really wanted to see, the CAL 34, was sold! From what I could tell on the website it looked like a lot of boat for the price. Congrats.
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Aloha Jim...The Cal 34 is a great boat. I have seen a few here in Hawaii so obviously people are taking them offshore. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 13-03-2009, 18:53   #10
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I'm actually in the marina next to you, "Broad Creek". Welcome to the neighborhood,

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Little Washington!! There are some folks down here from Wichard's Beach. Welcome to the forum.
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Hello from Beaufort...
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Old 14-03-2009, 06:47   #13
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Aloha Jim,
Welcome aboard! Good to have you here I don't know what an IT PM in an HR is but it sounds really important. Hope you get lots of money doing it. If you have a boat you'll need it. : )
Kind regards,
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Oh, John...it is so not important. If I spelled it all out, the drool would fall from your lips from complete boredom after reading it... But, in case you are interested, I am an Information Technology Project Manager for a Human Resource outsourcing firm. Just typing it makes me want to smack my head against the wall.
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Old 14-03-2009, 07:07   #14
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Thanks to all who responded. Very happy to be here and look forward to seeing you all "out there".
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Little Washington!! There are some folks down here from Wichard's Beach. Welcome to the forum.

Thanks! Tell the folks from wichards I'll trade them some Bills Hot Dogs for some SUN.
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