Cal 2-27 "Sirena Gorda" 



From humble beginnings... Day of purchase - September 2012 Tacoma, WA


"Sirena Gorda" is a 1977 Cal 2-27. I purchased her in Tacoma, WA in September 2012 for $4,000 when she was just a modest day sailor. By the time that she reached San Francisco four months later, she was a formidable coastal cruiser with solar power and self-steering wind vane. And as of this writing, (October '13), she has been transformed into a well-equipped, completely engineless pocket cruiser well capable of carrying me across oceans.



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 people's radars. 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 keels, 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 she crosses into Mexican waters, she will represent approximatel a $7,000 investment.



Specs on "Sirena Gorda"


LOA: 26.58'

LWL: 22.08'

Beam: 9.25'

Displacement: 6,700 lbs

Draft: 4.25'

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

Sail Area: 375 sq feet


Set up on "Sirena Gorda" - Almost all of this has changed since i've owned the boat.


Sails- Triple-reefed mainsail, old genoa, newer North working jib, two crappy old storm jibs, tired working jib, spinnaker off of Santa Cruz 27.


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 3 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 90-amp 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, Sony 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 12.5 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.


Additional transportation/ recreation: 7'6" surfboard, 6'10" surfboard, kite board and full rig, skate board, full size road bike.


Cooking/ food/ water storage: 2-burner Origo Alcohol Stove, no refridgeration, food locker, under berth food storage, hanging food hammocks. Drinking water is carried in 7-gallon plastic water jugs.




Favorite part fo the boat. This is where the engine used to be. Now 2 surfboards, skate board, kite board... 

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