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BOATOWNER’S BOAT REVIEW

1967 CAL 30 By Bob Centers Cover: Cal 30 under Sail. Photo by Bob Centers. The original Cal 30 was launched in 1964. The designer was Bill Lapworth, who came to the general public’s eye as designer of the 23-foot Dove, the boat that Robin Lee Graham took around the world at age 16, back in the ‘60s. The Cal 30 was originally marketed as a “low maintenance racer and family cruiser.”

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irst of all I need to come clean. I’m not the type who will throw off the dock lines and then come back in a year or two—at least, not yet! I’m not a racer—and not really a true sailor, I suppose, but I do love the sound of the wind, the waves hitting the hull and the gentle rock of the boat at anchor. Sometimes, at night, we’ll simply go up on deck, sit and stare at the moon, the stars and the reflection on the water—and again feel pleased with the purchase of our Cal. Her original name was Circle and she was first purchased to sail on Lake Michigan. She ended up down south where the second owner gave her to a close friend who spent the better part of two years restoring her. We finished the deck painting just before Thanksgiving of 2010. We changed her color from an old light blue to basic white—much cooler, which is important here in the South. The bottom was completely redone, along with a new head, rigging, custom spreaders, hand/grab rails—the list goes on and on. I had owned two sailboats previously—both Macgregor 26 trailer-sailers. We kept both docked and have always enjoyed our 1,200 square mile freshwater lake that borders Georgia and South Carolina. The original Cal 30 was launched in 1964. The designer was Bill Lapworth, who came to the general public’s eye as designer of the 23-foot Dove, the boat that Robin Lee Graham took around the world at age 16, back in the ‘60s. The Cal 30 was originally marketed as a “low maintenance racer and family cruiser.” We have hull #112 and try to spend as many weekends as we can on her. The Admiral (my wife of 30 years, Margaret) had a discussion with me, and we determined that it was time to look at something “bigger, but not too time-consuming.” We went shopping and quickly found we did not have the knowledge to determine what boats were low on mainte-

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October 2012

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