My boat was delivered a ketch
, later converted to a sloop
, however the mainsail
sizes between the ketch and sloop were considerably different so the po had to replace the main boom and main when he converted to a sloop. My main boom extends beyond where the mizzen mast
was, to give you some idea.
The Cal 46
isn't really a motorsailer
by definition, it has enough sail area to actually sail, but as SkiprJohn mentioned a nice blow doesn't hurt
We sailed about 90% of the 400+ plus we covered on this last trip to the bahamas
in winds from 8 to 20 knots, I don't reef until 30 knots. In an 8 knot
reach we did about 5 knots, by no means hauling butt, but is was a comfortable speed. I can haul butt under engine power, can easily do 8 to 10 knots, but the fuel consumption
at the higher rpms is a killer, we usually cruise
about 1600 rpm
which is anywhere from 6 to 8 knots depending on current
Our previous boat was a c30, I sailed alot on smaller boats and a little on my father in laws 42 foot motorsailer
, everytime we take a good trip with our cal I am impressed at her sailing characteristics and have had many people aboard who were also impressed. For their size they aren't beamy 12'6" and that may be part of it, I dunno, I just know she sails
quite well and having been in some decent weather
i can say we always feel very safe and comfortable.
Sailing magazine had a great article on the Cal 40 some time ago called "The boat the changed everything", I can't remember where I found it, but it's worth a read. At one point in time I had found an Sail Magazine article that reviewed the Cal 2-46 and talked heavily of the sailing qualities, but that was a while ago, there was also a Cal 46 owner's organization in California
, I have some paperwork from a PO, but they don't seem to be active any longer.