Originally Posted by evm1024
I lived on my Cal
2-29 for 4 years and sailed her for 8. (surfed her at 12kts in 18' seas and 45 kt winds too!).
These are Baby Cal
40's more or less and track very well. The 29 is the only boat
that I have owned that would back down straight and could be manuvered in reverse.
There is something wrong with the boat. Is there a bent prop, prop shaft, strut, keel
? Let me change than there is a bent prop, prop shaft, strut, keel
or some combination of the above.
As an example of what you should expect from the Cal 29
I once got the boat going straight and locked the wheel in place. Then I went up on the foredeck and steered the boat by simply moving my weight from one side of the foredeck to the other. I did this for about 45 minutes going up the Columbia
They track straight.
Been sailing My Cal 2-29 for 24 years so far
I think there is some tendency for the prop which is close to the rudder to make the rudder want to swing under power. I noticed it more going from the Farymann
and fixed 2 blade
to a Yanmar 2GM
and a 3 blade
Under sail it is balanced. In flat seas I can trim the sails
and leave the wheel free and the boat will sail on a straight track. I had lunch and sailed almost a mile before a wake made me correct it.
But there are issues.
I had to rebuild
. I was going to write up the work
for Cruising World or Practical Sailor. The old Edson steering
was a full aluminum
disk that clamped to the stainless rudder post. The aluminum
tabs that extended down below the disk served 2 purposes. One was to support the rudder (really dumb) and the other was to provide a spot for the bolts to tension the steering cable to attach to. The problem is having a SS shaft, Aluminum tabs riding on a plastic bearing surface (Micarta) sitting on top of a bronze
stuffing box means that sooner or later your aluminum supports will corrode. My new arrangement uses the new Edson
disc which is more conical and the tension screws mount through a portion of the top of the disc. This leaves room below to mount a stainless shaft collar, which sits on a UHMWPE disc to replace the worn Micarta one. The rudder is now smoother than it probably was when new. Still sailing my 1976 Cal 2-29 in the summer time.