Bill Lapworth designs another winner

Cal Cabin Sailboat

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

20' 0" 21' 6" 18' 0" 3' 4" 26' 9"

outboard 3 to 6 hp 46%

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

C. William Lapworth

Cal Boats

1961-1977

portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 3,000 lbs.

Bill Lapworth, whose Cal 40 made history as a fast design in the early days of fiberglass, also created the Cal 20. A popular club racer and weekend cruiser right from the start, and serially produced until 1977, she is durable enough to still warrant several active class fleets (mostly in California) and a national association with a presence on the Internet. Best features: She is fast and easy to sail. A 46% B/D ratio, with a bulb keel concentrating her ballast low, gives her good stability. An outboard well located in the cockpit keeps the engine under the helmsman's control. And for those looking for camaraderie, the big network of Cal 20 fleets (largely on the West Coast) will be attractive. Worst features: Fin keel with bulb makes the boat a chore to launch at shallow ramps. Also, the boats are among the oldest fiberglass boats around, and most will require more strenuous than ordinary maintenance to keep in top condition. The keel (made of iron, which rusts), keel bolts, and surrounding fiberglass are common causes of concern.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr

Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Cal 20

20' 0"

7' 0"

3' 4"

1,950

900

20.1

149

276

5.7

11.8

244

4

3' 11"

Islander 21

20' 10"

7' 10"

3' 4"

1,950

1,000

21.3

149

282

5.7

10.2

280

4

3' 9"

Ranger 22 (21)

21' 4"

7' 10"

4' 3"

2,182

900

19.8

182

222

5.6

11.4

306

4

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