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Hull type: Fin keel with rudder
Rig type: sloop (cutter)
Draft: 6.50 / 5.50
Displacement: 25,300 pounds
Ballast: 10,300 pounds
Designer: Raymond Hunt &
Builder: Bangor Punta
First built: 1984
Total built: 21
Water: 200 gal.
Fuel: 80 gal.
Auxiliary power: Westerbeke
diesel 58 hp.
Sail dimensions: I:
I like the raised cabin salon. The side ports are
not exactly pilothouse height but they are still high
enough to offer a good view of your surroundings. When
in the salon, we do not have the feeling of being buried
deep within the bowels of the boat. The
high cabintop also provides a larger companionway and a
shorter ladder into the main salon. It also offers
better protection from spray.
The ballast is an
external 10,300 pound "Cal type" lead casting,
bolted to the hull with large stainless steel bolts. The
rudder is protected and supported with a full skeg. See
line drawing above.
The Westerbeke 58
hp engine located under the salon sole provides a nearly
horizontal prop shaft. This shaft arrangement offers
more useable engine power and better fuel economy than a
downward angled shaft. The extremely low location of the
engine lowers the center of gravity of the hull.
There is also room under the salon sole for a hot water
heater and genset.
All in all, it
looks to me like Raymond Hunt designed a great sailing
I received this email from a Cal 44 owner . . .
Thanks for adding the CAL 44 to your web site. Your
summary comments are very good. There are a couple areas
that you should correct, if you have time. They are
highlighted in red in your text.
One of my criteria in selecting the CAL 44 was that it
had to have good visibility from the helm over the cabin
top for shorter folks (near 5’ tall). My wife is 5’3”
and she easily sees lobster pots and low objects
floating on the water ahead. Note that the cockpit sole
is about 2’ above the DWL, which is one reason the
forward visibility is good. There’s a dedicated life
raft compartment below the cockpit sole which we really
like, so there is no life raft on the cabin top to
The 12 gallon Hot water tank is in the port, aft locker.
Some other good photos can be found on the Yachtworld's
web site or Google “CAL 44 sailboat for sale”, which
gets to that site.
Take care, Wallie
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This page last updated on
September 23, 2014.