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Old 21-07-2009, 11:38   #1
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Comparison: Cal 35 vs Cal 39

We are looking at purchasing a Cal 39 for extened cruising in Caribbean with capability of bluewater. Have seen Cal 35 and was wondering if anyone would offer comments/comparisons. I believe the39 is better but I know nothing about the 35's.Also looking at the Bayfield 36. I know no comparison but beautiful boat. I hear it is very slow, but for cruising the caribbean how important is speed?? Thanks
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Old 21-07-2009, 12:42   #2
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They are completely different boats, as shown at this site:

Introducing the CAL 35 Yacht (1974 Print Advertisement)

(click on the Cal 39 at the right for a brief view of that boat)

The 35 is strictly a cruising boat while the 39 is a typical 70's racer cruiser. The 39 will be much faster and more agile with its fin keel, but has more draft that will limit you in the Bahamas for example. The 35 probably has more room below despite being 4 feet shorter and is designed to be a cruising boat.

Also there is a rather technical discussion of the 39 here:

I chartered a 39 in the BVI's many years ago. At the time, it was a fun, fast boat but if I had one and wanted to cruise on her I would make a lot of modifications. As I recall there were a couple of different interior plans. It probably has enough displacement to be a decent cruiser for a couple with occasional guests.

If you like the 35, I would suggest doing some research on the Freeport 36 built by Islander and designed by Robert Perry... it's a much better boat IMO. Here's a nice one that apparantly changed hands recently:

Islander Freeport 36
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Old 21-07-2009, 14:49   #3
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There are 3 versions of the Cal 35, the second mark is a fin keeled boat, I don't know how the 3rd is different.

The Cal 39 has two completely different cabin layouts and has a variant that has a deep keel.

At some point Hunt marine took over and some Cals were given the same name, but were completely different designs by a different NA. I'm not sure, but I think the 39 is one of those, so you need to know what year.

There's a Cal group on Yahoo, they're pretty knowledgeable. They could probably pin things down if you know at what year you're looking.

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