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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW

1974 Cal 2-46 By Yvonne Anderson

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y husband said he wanted to move onto the boat. I knew that our Bavaria 37 was simply not going to cut it for me, so I set out to find the perfect liveaboard. I found a 1974 Cal 2-46 online and felt like she could be the one. Research showed that these boats have a solid following. Two months after we bought our Cal, we received a letter in the mail asking if we wanted to sell. Apparently, the interested party did a document search to find Cal owners. To understand a Cal 46 you must first understand the history of the Cal Sailboat. Originally, Cal was known as Jenson Marine, founded by Mr. Jack Jenson in 1956. Bill Lapworth was a groundbreaking naval architect with a penchant for designing racing boats, and he collaborated with Jenson to build an extremely well-received Jenson 24-footer (later called a California 24 and then eventually a Cal 24). They produced fast racing boats for many years, ranging from 21 feet to 46 feet. The most successful probably being the famed ocean racer and Transpac winner, the Cal 40. In fact, the Cal 40 was the inspiration for the Cal 46. Jack Jenson actually owned hull number 3 of this design and sailed over 110,000 miles with her. Reading the following headlines from several of the advertisements printed in the 1970s will provide a pretty clear idea of what the marketing message for this model had been: “Cal-2-46 The Most Completely Comfortable World Cruising Yacht in Production Today”…“The New Cal 46 Yacht—a Real Home Afloat”…and my personal favorite: “Because an Offshore Cruiser doesn’t have to sail like an Antique.” And sail like an antique she does not—even when compared to the lighter and beamier models of today. The Cal has a very narrow hull design with a beam of only 12’ 6” and an encapsulated full keel- shoal draft that draws a mere five feet. This shallow draft makes her a perfect boat for cruising places like the Bahamas and navigating the ICW. This girl loves to motor with her 85 HP Perkins engine as she cruises along at 8 knots under power at 2200 RPM all day long. Her speed is somewhat surprising as she weighs in at 36,000 pounds. Typical of the boats of the era—the fiberglass hull is built like a battleship and was advertised as “engineered for maximum impact strength.” We carry 270 gallons of fuel in our two tanks and she can motor about 1500 miles. She also has three water tanks—two made of fiberglass and one stainless—allowing us to carry 230 gallons of water. She was designed to be able

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