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Fun, light and G-rated pages from Dan's family tree, sailing the Great lakes in old Cal Yachts, burning Ohio firewood, herbal cures, my humble opinions on several '70s Great Lakes sailboats, and muzzle loading ballistic charts .

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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 27 Mark III. Page down for photos . . .

The last Cal 27 that was designed was the Mark III (sometimes called the 3-27). The name was later changed to simply "Cal 27". This all new 27 foot Cal was designed in 1982, launched in 1983 and was produced until the Federal Excise Tax forced Cal Yachts out of business in the late 80s. The photos below are the magnificent Cal 27 Mark III "Liberty" owned by Mr. Doug McCance. Mr. McCance has donated a wealth of essential data to this webpage.

Here are the specs for the Cal 27 Mark III.

  • LOA = 26' 8"
  • LWL = 23' 3"
  • Beam = 9' 0"
  • Draft (fin keel) = 5' 6"
  • Ballast (fin keel) = 2000 pounds
  • Displacement Fin = 5200 pounds
  • Engine = Inboard diesel
  • Sail area = 335.5 Sq. Ft
  • I=33', J=11', P=28', E=11'
  • Designer = Bill Lapworth

Note: Compared to the previous design, the 2-27, the Mark III was lightened by 1500 pounds, narrowed by 3 inches, the waterline was increased, the sail area reduced. This allows the Mark III to rate better in racing and sail faster. The Mark III is a very quick 27 footer to this day.


Getting ready for another winter.

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Ready for a sail. Nice day, nice marina. Who can ask for more.

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Lots of nice blue canvas. These are the touches that make the boat.

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Here's what it's all about, great day, great sail.

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Winter dosen't seem quite so bad if your boat can stay right here at the dock!

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We hope that the rest of the boats in the race can see this exact view.

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Bill Lapworth sure could design a pretty hull. . .

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Snug, tucked in, and ready for an Indiana winter.

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Editor's note: I received an e-mail from Doug in early 1999. Doug is going to sell "Liberty". The McCance's will spend more time in their motorhome, traveling the US and Canada. Here's a copy of the ad that Doug placed in the local paper:

FOR SALE/TRADE: CAL 27 Mark III; RF w/ 150 Genoa; Edson Wheel; Yanmar Diesel Inboard; Winter & Summer covers; Bimini; 4' Draft; Instruments; Sailcare '97 & '98; Stands; $10k+ in recent Upgrades/Accessories; only Fresh Water sailed; Cream w/Blue Trim;

In another email 8/3/1999:

Dear Dan: I sold my 1983 CAL 27 recently. While working on the marina yard I caught wind a good buy on a Com Pac 23 needing some TLC which I purchased with trailer & Mercury Outboard 7.5 hp. I'm working on it now; so, I'm not totally out of sailing and since it is trailerable, I'm not as reliant on the marina and their annual contracts & numerous charges.

Thanks for all your help with the work on the CAL page. I referred every prospective buyer to it and I also got a lot of quieries about my experience with the CAL 27.

The new owners are John & Nora Teipen. Thanks again and best wishes. Doug McCance

And good luck to the new owners of "Liberty" John and Nora Tiepen. I'm sure that you'll enjoy your Cal 27 Mark III, "Liberty". It's a beautiful sailboat, the last of an era. Dan Dalrymple, editor Old Cal Yachts website

Old Cal Yachts webpage. A webpage, edited by Dan Dalrymple, and dedicated to one of the greatest Sailboat designers in the world, Bill Lapworth, who designed the Cal 40 in 1963. The Cal 40 remains a great sailboat design to this very day. Someday I'm gonna own one. Dan Dalrymple

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