View Full Version : Anyone know this story or this book?

02-13-2014, 12:24 AM
Is this an interesting read?


Black Feathers...TransPac in a Cal20.

02-13-2014, 01:12 AM
Dave, I read the copy in the Amazon link. It sounds like it might be a good read. It's GOTTA be more interesting than anything on TV!:D

02-13-2014, 08:35 AM
It'd be worth the price if only to learn what changes he made to turn a Cal 20 into a blue water worthy sailboat. Very ballsy.

Michael Wick
02-13-2014, 12:53 PM
I think there was a quite long article in a recent Small Craft Advisor?

02-14-2014, 12:24 AM
I don't own a TV. When I read about someone doing that in a Cal20 I have to conclude that the law of averages would kick in eventually. Maybe you make it five times, or twenty...

02-17-2014, 09:43 PM
There once was an article online by a man who had circumnavigated in a Cal 25, but I can no longer find it. It was most enlightening! On the first leg of his voyage, California to Mexico, he ran into heavy weather and was nearly killed. He limped into a Mexican port with his boat literally coming apart at the seams. The pop top was torn off, some of the aluminum framed deadlights (non openong ports) missing, and the main bulkhead comingl apart from the liner, to name just a few problems. He rebuilt the boat making many modifications, and then continued his circumnavigation successfully.

Please let us know how this adventure went. I'm sure you will enjoy the book. - John

02-17-2014, 11:47 PM
The Martins made numerous passages in a small Cal before having a family and moving up to a bigger boat: http://www.amazon.com/Into-Light-Familys-Epic-Journey/dp/1930086040

I bet they'd be happy to talk to you about the pluses and minuses of the Cals: http://setsail.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/itl_bio.pdf

02-24-2014, 02:16 AM
My wife is interested in circumnavigating. Or at least cruising to the Bahamas and back Out West. I would not do it in a Cal 20, and probably would not do it in a GRP boat, because I dislike them. But they are cheap...Every now and then a Cutter pops up that draws my attention...