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Cal Yachts
One of my favorite sailboats. I've owned a Cal 2-27 for over 20 years. I've owned larger, newer boats but the cal 27 remains my favorite sailboats for the Great Lakes especially Lake Erie.

fun sailboats
My humble opinion on several older sailboats that were popular on the Great Lakes during the '70s

Firewood facts
Interesting information on burning firewood as a home heating aid.

Our wood stove
We've backed up our home's heating furnace with a firewood woodstove for over 40 years.

Herbal cures
Our ancestors used many different items to cure their ills. Hundreds of these items, or herbs, as people called them were developed into the medicines that we use today. Note: For information only. We do not sell or promote herbs here.

Muzzle Loading
Muzzle loading ballistic tables from my son and my experiences with Ohio muzzle loading deer hunting.

my Family History
This web page contains a complete Dalrymple family line from Andrew Dalrymple, born in Scotland about 1682, all the way down to my grandson, Brian.

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This chart compares the 1974 Cal 2-27 with the 1974 and 1996 Catalina 27s. Catalina Yachts introduced their 27 in 1971 but completely re-designed it in 1992. Notice how the new Catalina leaned toward the old Cal 2-27 in their re-design.

NOTE 1: One field that went backward was the DISPLACEMENT. The new Catalina was lightened considerably by reducing hull weight and reducing ballast. Myself, I don't consider this a desirable feature. I'll take the older thick hulls any day. Reducing displacement makes an easier driven (faster) boat but gives a harsher or less-friendly ride. Reducing hull/ballast weight also makes a boat cheaper to build. When ballast is reduced, sail area, mast height and aspect ratio must also be reduced. The old style Catalina has sailed around the world but I consider the new style a beefed-up daysailer due to this hull/ballast weight reduction.

NOTE 2: The waterline length was increased dramatically on the new model Catalina thus giving it a faster hull speed. Waterline length does not help hull speed in light air. This brings to my mind a ride on a Catalina 36 last summer. We entered a half mile channel, going wing and wing downwind, with a Catalina 27. We were both flying a main and a 155 jenny. We were both making about 3 knots and the 27 slowly walked away from us. Our captain remarked "he shouldn't be able to do that, we have a longer waterline length!". Actually, the LWL meant nothing at 3 knots. As soon as we made the turn in the channel, came up to a nice broad reach and reached our hull speed, we dusted the 27...

Make Catalina 27 Cal 27 Catalina 27 Favored Cal?
Year old style 1974 2-27 new style .
LOA 26' 10" 26' 7" 27' 0" .
LWL 21' 9" 22' 1" 23' 9" favored Cal
BEAM 8' 10" 9' 4" 9' 10" favored Cal
DRAFT 4' 4' 6" 5' favored Cal
DISP (FIN KEEL) 6550 6700 6240 #1 above
BALLAST (FIN) 2700 3100 1840 #1 above
SAIL AREA 340 371 316 #1 above
I 34' 5" 36' 0" 33' 4" #1 above
J 11' 25" 12' 0" 9' 3" #1 above
P 29' ?" 30' 8" 28' 3" #1 above
E 10' 5" 12' 3" 11' 6" #1 above
TYPE HULL ** Racer/cruiser Racer/cruiser Cruiser/racer more cruiser
CAP/RATIO ** 1.73 1.99 1.98 favored Cal
HULL SPD ** 6.3 6.3 6.6 #2 above
SA/DISP ** 15.54 16.7 14.91 #1 above
DISP/LWL ** 278 277 204 favored Cal
LWL/BEAM ** 2.704 2.351 2.626 favored Cal
COMFORT ** 26.77 22.15 20.37 LESS comfort

** Explanation of catagories . . . LOA: Length Over All: Total length of the yacht, including bowsprit if the yacht has one . . . LWL: Length at Water Line: Hull length at the waterline, the longer, the better. . .TYPE HULL: Sailing Category: The four categories are racer, racer/cruiser, cruiser/racer, and cruiser in order of descending performance . . . CAP/RATIO: Capsize Ratio: A value less than 2 is considered to be relatively good; the boat should be relatively safe in bad conditions. The higher the number above 2 the more vulnerable the boat. This is just a rough figure of merit and controversial as to its use. . . HULL SPD: Hull Speed: This is the maximum speed of a displacement hull. Some racers and lighter boats are able to achieve greater speed by lifting over the bow wave and riding on top of the water,that is, planing. . . SA/DISP: Sail Area To Displacement: The sail area is the total of the main sail and the area of the front triangle. I cannot be sure that this datum was entered correctly for each listed boat. A racing boat typically has large sail area and low displacement. A number less than 13 probably indicates that the boat is a motorsailer. High performance boats would be around 18 or higher. . . DISP/LWL: Displacement To LWL: A medium value would be 200. 300 would be high (Heavy Cruising Boat) and 100 would be low (Ultra Light Displacement-ULDB). Boats with low numbers are probably uncomfortable and difficult to sail. . . LWL/BEAM: LengthWaterLineToBeam: A medium value would be 2.7. 3.0 would be high and 2.3 would be low. A higher number is better (long and skinny is better). . . COMFORT: MotionComfort: Range will be from 5 to 60+ with a Whitby 42 at the mid 30's. The higher the number the more comfort in a sea. This figure of merit was developed by the Yacht designer Ted Brewer. This text covers most of the above catagories, the ones not covered are self explanatory.

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