CAL 2-46' ketch in a knock down

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Light, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. LightB
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    LightB New Member

    Hi Cory,
    I haven't been on this thread for years...

    See did buy our Still Crazy Cal 2-46 Ketch in San Diego.

    She's a great boat... We updated all her systems and technology... put about 70K in her... Her interior - most everything was brand new from galley to the heads...

    After a few years, I got deathly I'll and we had to sell her. Last we heard she's in the Bay area (San Francisco). It took years, but I am doing really well.

    We miss our girl... ended up buying a 40ft land yacht...

    I bet Still Crazy was your family boat!

  2. JosephT
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    Here's the capsize ratio & other stats for a Cal2-46. It's rated at a 1.61, which isn't too bad. It's definitely a good practice to have loose items above & below decks secured well as a matter of course...especially when sea states increase. It's a good practice to keep heavy equipment and gear as low in the boat as possible (to keep center of gravity low). This helps maintain the capsize recovery values for the vessel. If you're modifying the boat and adding weight above the galley floor deck it may raise the center of gravity.

    boatName=Cal 2-46
    description=Capsize Ratio: A value less than 2 is considered to be relatively good; the boat should be relatively safe in bad conditions. The higher the number above 2 the more vulnerable the boat. This is just a rough figure of merit and controversial as to its use.

    Ref: Sail Calculator Pro v3.54 - 3200+ boats
  3. JosephT
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    One of the best (or worst) capsizes I recall this sailor from California several years ago. He sailed a steel hulled yacht from LA area and ventured down to attempt rounding Cape Horn (gulp!). He was below deck when a monster wave hit the beam of his vessel and it capsized, but returned to its upright position. The "knock down" did some major damage including:

    • Snapped his mast and damaged his rigging.
    • The wooden floor of the vessel (custom yacht) was not secured well. While rotating the floor came up and many items in the cabin flew all over the place.
    • He suffered personal injuries.
    • He put out a mayday and was luckily rescued by the Chilean Navy.
    Many news stories about it.

    Ref: Solo sailor's yacht is total loss - Yachting World

    Rounding the horn takes patience and good timing. His timing was bad to be sure.
  4. chuck brainerd
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    The question was raised about damage to the cabin top because of a dismasting. I was just aboard a 2-46 that had been dismasted on the way home from HI. Snapped it off right at the cabin top. They replaced it with a new stick that was 15' longer. I looked pretty closely and couldn't see any damage to the cabin top where the mast was. There was glass damage at the hull to deck joint that had been repaired. So, it appears that if you do lose the rig, the top stays where it is supposed to.

  5. sharpii2
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    Trashman was also lost because of an incompetent skipper who spent more time drinking than getting the boat ready for sea.

    The boat was also lost because the Coast Guard told the crew to travel in the trough of the waves in the storm in order to get to a cutter to get an injured crew member off the boat.

    The big windows may have merely been the first things to break.
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