I almost bought a boat recently...
Not, in fact, the project I have been hinting about but a boat that
simply seemed like a real good deal. I figured I could fix it up as part
of a book and DVD project then turn around and sell it for a small fair
Seemed like a plan!
As it happens, the boat in question was a very nice little CAL 27 which,
is a fairly interesting Bill Lapworth design. Well actually, the term
CAL 27 covers four different designs (CAL27, CAL 2-27, CAL 3-27, and the
T2) all pretty cool variations on a theme in the minimal blue water
cruising on a budget niche.
The first CAL27 is similar to the legendary CAL28, a flat top with a pop-top for added head room...
Not quite the boat that the CAL 28
is but it still has a lot of great points and, as it is not a "classic
CAL", is just perfect for someone who is not inhibited by the idea of
making some serious changes to stuff that might involve a Sawzall!
The CAL 2-27 & 3-27 are more normal in the CAL 29 and CAL34 mold... Good boats with no vices... What's not to like?
on the other hand, tends to be a little freaky at first but, in my
case, I found the modified for the half ton rule + cruising design
changes really grew on me. An odd look for sure but it just may be one
of the all time great pocket blue water cruisers that no one knows
Anyway, while I thought, pondered, and rethought the pros and cons of
buying the boat someone else who knew what they want when they see it
picked it up for a song. A reminder that life is short and excellent
opportunities don't hang around very long!