1977 Cal 2-27 "MONGO"



MONGO sailing to a surf break in Western Fiji


MONGO is Cal 2-27 hull #463, built in February of 1977 by Jensen Marine in Southern California. From humble beginnings, I purchased her (as "Sirena Gorda") in Tacoma, Washington in September 2012 where she was a well-used and well-loved day sailer and weekend boat. By the time that she reached San Francisco four months later, she was a formidable coastal cruiser with solar power, autopilot and self-steering wind vane. As of this writing (November 2014), MONGO has been transofrmed into a well proven and well equipped bluewater cruiser with approximately 10,000 miles under her keel, having sailed down the US West Coast and onto Hawaii, Fiji and New Zealand.



Just before leaving San Francisco headed south. September 2013.


Cal 2-27's are dime-a-dozen cruising boats that, for some reason, are off of many sailor's radar. The venerable Bill Lapworth design has proven itself in racing circles for decades, cruised the South Pacific, and stood the test of time on both coasts. With glassed-in lead keels, thick and sturdy construction, a beefy mast, tremendous interior volume and a well-performing fin-keel/ spade rudder underbody, I feel that the Cal 2-27 is one of the best small cruising boats out there. And the value is incredible. After an initial investment of $4,000, I sold off the inboard and outboard engine for $1,650, bringing my actual purchase price down to $2,350. By the time that I left Calfironia for Hawaii, MONGO represented approximately a $10,000 investment after a thorough re-fit and safety gear. After 10,000 miles of sailing the boat has held up remarkable well, sustaining no structural damage, though she did dismast in Hawaii as a result of a new and defective rigging component. The fact that she has sailed engineless since California is a true testament to the capabilities of a Cal 2-27. Whether sailing upwind through big breeze and seas, knocking out miles in the trades, ghosting along in light breeze or weathering a gale, MONGO has proven herself in a variety of conditions. 


MONGO. The simple man's yacht. A small, engineless pocket cruiser that has proven she can go almost anywhere.


Specs on MONGO


LOA: 26.58'

LWL: 22.08'

Beam: 9.25'

Displacement: 6,700 lbs stock - approximately 500 lbs for diesel engine removal.

Draft: 4.25'

Ballast: 3,100 lbs internal lead (keel is glassed in)

Sail Area: 375 sq feet


MONGO set-up and equipment


Sails- Triple-reefed mainsail, spare double-reefed mainsail, 130% genoa, 110% working jib (x2), 80% working jib, 60% storm jib, Santa Cruz 27 spinnaker.


Mast - stock rig is under water on windward side of the island of Maui. New rig is a Morgan 27 rig that was thoroughly re-fit and adapted to fit MONGO. Custom mast-step, new chainplates, very thorough $7,000 re-rig in Maui with all new halyards, wiring, rigging, lights, etc.


Under body - Stock keel and hull with newer-design rudder from Foss Foam in So Cal. Rudder is essentially a scaled down version of a Carl Schumacher designed Cal 40 rudder from the 90's.


Deck layout- Spin pole and whisker pole stored on deck. All halyards led from mast back to cockpit. Mainsheet and traveler on bridgedeck aft of companionway. Two winches and 4 clutches added on cabintop. Two 2-speed primary winches added to cockpit coaming. Stock 1-speed winches as secondaries. Lots of new deck hardware added throughout.


Self-steering: Navik windvane "Francois" (named in honor of 2012-13 Vendée Globe winner Francois Gabart) and 2 Raymarine ST2000 tiller pilots.


Charging system: 80-watt solar panel in front of companionway. 50-watt solar panel mounted on stern pulpit. Charges two 105-amp hour batteries in one bank. Victron battery monitor and simple on/off battery switch.


Electronics: VHF/ AIS radio, Garmin 76 GPS, handheld radio back-up, Anchor light/ tri-color light with LED bubls installed, Fusion stereo with 2 speakers inside and 2 in cockpit, interior lighting with LED's in salon, depth sounder, foredeck light. Pressurized water in galley and vanity sink.


Auxilary Power: Two 13 foot long "Concept 2" carbon-fiber racing oars with custom oar locks. Can row boat at 2 knots. Oars stored along cieling from v-berth to salon.


Safety gear - 4-man Viking liferaft, EPIRB, handheld VHF, all required flares, PFD's, etc.


Tender- Two-man West Marine inflatable kayak with two paddles.


Recreation gear - 4 surf boards, kite boad with 2 kites, skate board


Cooking/  food/  water storage/ etc: 2-burner Origo Alcohol Stove, no refridgeration, food locker, under berth food storage, hanging food hammocks. Drinking water is carried in  plastic water jugs. Head forward.




MONGO at anchor in Hanalei Bay, Kauai

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