The boat for "the discriminating yachtsman who demands a high performance ocean racer, the man who would rather sail than maintain a boat and the sailing family which likes to cruise." Billed in the original literature as a light displacement vessel, the Cal 30 ballast to displacement ratio is 32 percent. She draws less than 5 feet and has nearly 2,600 pounds of lead ballast. The foam-filled rudder rests on a bronze post and the rudder placement is unique in that it is in front of and under the feathering propeller which came standard. This placement makes for no prop walk and easy backing.
The Cal 30 hull is hand-laid solid glass which is 1 inch to 1.5 inches thick in places. The deck is one piece molded glass with a marine plywood core. A through-bolted and glassed hull-to-deck joint holds it all together. The layout was designed to have a family of four cruise comfortably. A V-berth, a convertible settee with a fold down table and two quarter berths, port and starboard, provide sleeping arrangements for up to six people. Storage is good for a small boat and includes a hanging locker to starboard. Across to port is the enclosed head with a sink, a convertible vanity seat, and a hamper. The galley is in a straight line down the starboard side with an insulated ice box, a column of drawers and a two-burner pressure alcohol stove. Battery storage is under the settee aft of the saloon table.
The Cal 30 was relatively beamy for her day and at 10 feet. Her width afforded ample space below, her cabin top starts mid-foredeck and extends about two thirds of the way to the stern, leaving a large cockpit for a boat of this size, comfortable enough for six or seven people.
There are two sets of tracks, one on the caprail for the genoa sheets and one on the cabin, which was meant for a working jib. The chainplates are set inboard on the cabin trunk to make for a clear deck and a single lower shroud was used to allow latitude in sail trim.
Originally offered with 5 sails as optional equipment including a main, working jib, lapper, genoa and spinnaker. North and Baxter & Cicero were the brands of choice and none of the sails retailed for much more than $300. Bronze Merriman turnbuckles and toggles and bronze traditional South Coast winches completed the original deck hardware.
The Cal 30 has been described by owners as a well behaved vessel with good balance on all points of sail. She will do 6 to 6.5 knots in 12 to 15 knots of wind on a beam reach. Sheeting angles are tight for good upwind performance. Under power, the Cal 30 will travel about 5.5 knots at cruising speed.
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