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Old 05-11-2010, 22:54   #1
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My wife and I recently bought a Cal 30. It has been taken good care of but needs some work.
We are planning to move aboard next spring or summer and do some long distance cruising the next year.
I grew up in a boat shop where the family built 50' wood fishing boats.
We built boats in the winter and fished in the summer.
I have spent a good deal of my life at sea so it is not new to me but my wife (Vala) has only limited sea experience. So far she is looking forward to it. . We have a 22' day sailor that we have been sailing this summer. She is soaking up sailing lore like crazy. We will start out with short easy trips so she can build experience and grow more comfortable and confidant she is doing very well and is excited about it.Way cool, I am verry proud of her.
So far so good.
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Old 05-11-2010, 23:03   #2
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Welcome to the forum Daniel, and congratulations on the new boat.
Have you any old pictures of the boats your family built?
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Old 05-11-2010, 23:43   #3
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I have some some place I will see if I can find them.
hhhm, try this.

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Old 06-11-2010, 02:13   #4
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Awesome photos!

Over the years I worked on a few very solid wood trawlers. As such I can’t understand why so many sailors are adverse to wood boats. (Not wanting to open the old debate – just nice to see the heritage pics that bring back memories).
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they are gorgeous trawlers--- beautiful-- hand made wood boats like those are works of art.



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they are gorgeous trawlers--- !
ahhhhhh, those look like TROLLERS, not trawlers. Big difference in the world/culture of commercial fishing.

But beautiful, yes.
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ok corrected--i am a sailorette--i dunno difference--is artwork to me--functional art.
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ahhhhhh, those look like TROLLERS, not trawlers. Big difference in the world/culture of commercial fishing.

But beautiful, yes.
Ok – they have no boards, other trawling gear or even sorting table. Maybe they are used for trolling or some sort of line fishing? I have read a bit about the various American fisheries and am interested so please feel free to elaborate.

At any rate, they are a very similar boat to the typical East Coast Australian prawn/fish trawlers and I am sure they are just as solid.
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Maybe they are used for trolling or some sort of line fishing?
Exactly. Trolling is a form of line fishing (the lines are deployed off the long poles visible in the photos that are stored in the vertical position when in port). Very different from trawling (also called "dragging") which involves dragging a net over the bottom (in the case of bottom trawling) where the doors/boards are used to spread the mouth of the net open. The outriggers on trawlers are much heavier construction than the poles on a troller. The boats in question look like the salmon trollers once common to the entire west coast of N. A. and still common to parts of CA, OR, WA and especially BC and Alaska. Perhaps the OP will tell us where these photos were taken?

The cultural distinction between trollers and trawlers is huge--sort of like, say, between mono and multi-hullers... oops, new (old) thread....
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Thanks Cal30...they are awesome pictures!
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the pix are awesome but the product pictured is the artwork.....
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Welcome aboard. Beautiful pictures, I always love trollers my uncle had a salmon troller out of Bodega bay for awile (25ft fiberglass). Now where near as pretty (or sea worthy) as those.
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Aloha and welcome aboard!
I helped crew on a Cal 2-30 here in the islands doing some channel crossings. Is yours the Cal 30 which is a bit different?
Congratulations and thanks for the old photos. I love wood boats but they don't last long in the tropics and need constant maintenance.
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Exactly. Trolling is a form of line fishing (the lines are deployed off the long poles visible in the photos that are stored in the vertical position when in port). .
Thanks - It sounds like a bit of a cross between the tuna poling and long lining done over here. I have only worked on a smaller line fishing boat and the two similar looking 50’ boats I have been on were both trawlers.
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Go to the head of the class. That is how they are set up and used.
Although all wood boat construction is related there are differences between work boat construction and how sail boats are put together. Sail boats are much more lightly built.
I am finding that I have to learn some aspects of construction all over again. As in the windows for my Cal 30. I do not know how strong the aluminum frames rely are. I am finding it is sometimes hard to find out the kind of information I need now that I have taken up sailing.
Still learning.
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