I had great experiences with two separate Cal 20's, one was mine and one was a friend's. Mine was a "beater" boat, ugly as hell and falling apart down below, but with sails
in nice shape and decent rigging
, a nice cooler that fit just right
, a trolling motor
to get out of the slip, and a homemade trailer
to get her out of the water
during the winter. I paid more for the trailer
than the boat- the boat was a $200 or $250 auction sale
, and the trailer was $450 from someone wanting to make some cash! The other Cal 20 was much nicer and was decked out below, with screens for windows and companionway
, a port-a-let, a REALLY nice bimini
, etc. We had great times on both. Mine was just for day sails
, but my buddy and I took the other out for weekends to Manteo and good anchorages
. I'd buy another one in a heartbeat right now!! Check out the deck
if you are looking to buy one, mine flexed a lot, but my friend's was nice and firm. Also make sure no one screwed with the keel
bulb, if I remember they weighed around 800 lbs, and some people apparently didn't like the weight. I liked it, it was very forgiving! It wasn't a sluggish boat either. Anyway, go for it and have fun! Great boat to learn on.
Now as for offshore- not me in that boat, but great for coastal "pocket cruising".