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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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Cal 44


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Hull type: Fin keel with rudder on skeg               Rig type: sloop (cutter)

LOA: 43.50           LWL: 36.25              Beam: 13.50        Draft: 6.50 / 5.50

Displacement: 25,300 pounds             Ballast: 10,300 pounds (lead)

Designer: Raymond Hunt & Associates       Builder: Bangor Punta Marine

First built: 1984       Total built: 21       Water: 200 gal.       Fuel: 80 gal.

Construction: Fiberglass       Auxiliary power:  Westerbeke diesel 58 hp.

Sail dimensions:        I: 54.00          J: 16.75         P: 48.00         E: 17.00

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 yacht.

     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 obstruct views.

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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Dan Dalrymple, Wooster, Ohio

This page last updated on September 23, 2014.