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CAL-39, MKII, 1981

  • Length: 39
  • Beam: 12
  • Draws: 5
  • Weight: 17,000


  • 1981 CAL-39
  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.” (Mark Twain)

    Have you ever sailed a boat that is perfectly “balanced”? If so, you know what a complete pleasure it is to let go of the tiller or wheel and have the boat stay right in the groove.

  • “She'll lie a point nearer the wind than a man has a right to expect of his own married wife…” (quote from Treasure Island)
  • That describes how this Cal-39 performs. She is such an absolute joy to sail!
  • The first time we laid eyes on her in the marina, we were captivated. Cal-39s were designed by C. William Lapworth. Her lines are gorgeous, and she is definitely a “looker”. Her hull is a dark, “midnight blue” with a very distinctive gold pinstripe design. She turns heads wherever she goes!
  • This Cal-39 has all the features that are expected in a well-equipped cruising sailboat – bringing performance and comfort into one package with a classic design. She sails fast and yet is comfortable with a lot of storage. This is an excellent live aboard boat, especially with three sources of heat (diesel “fireplace”, heat pump and electric).
  • This boat was inherited and the new owner does not wish to sail any longer. All serious offers will be considered.

    Technical information:

  • Maker: Cal
  • Model: Cal-39, MKII - Cutter rig mast
  • Year: 1981
  • Length: 39-foot
  • Breadth: 12-foot
  • Depth: Draws 5-foot
  • Weight: 17,000 pounds
  • Lead Ballast: 7,000 pounds
  • Keel: Fin
  • Steering: Wheel with 48” extendable control arm
  • Engine: Inboard 4-cylindar, 44 HP Volkswagen Pathfinder diesel (practically indestructible and like a Timex watch, she just keeps on tickin’!)
  • Engine Hours: Approximately 3,200 hours
  • Fuel Tank: 90 Gallons
  • Water Tanks: Two, 50-gallon fresh water tanks under settees in main saloon
  • New Raritan 6-gallon hot water heater that operates off 110 or engine heat exchanger

    Sails: North main, extra main, 150%, 130%, and 110%, “star-cut” asymmetrical 1.1 ounce, black, red, and white Spinnaker, Genoa with Harken roller furling, storm jib. “Granny bar” at the mast. Whisker pole; lazy jacks; Garhauer rigid boom vang; Adjustable jib sheet tracks; two new boat hooks;

  • New heat pump air conditioner and heater; low-voltage fans in v-berth, head, and two in main saloon
  • Berths: V-berth with closable teak doors for privacy (mattress measures 6’6” long by 6’6” wide, sleeps two in an enclosed cabin with dedicated heating/air conditioning duct), two thick foam, single (6’6”) long side berths (on settees in main saloon), and a large, single berth (in aft enclosed cabin with sink)
  • Folding dinette table, large refrigerator/freezer operating on 110 or battery, 3-burner propane stove with oven, microwave, double-basin stainless steel sink;
  • Beautiful teak and holly cabin sole;
  • Full head with hot shower, stainless steel sink with new faucet running both hot and cold water; linen locker, medicine cabinet with mirror door, large oval mirror, electric flush marine toilet, Raritan Lectra-San on-board electric waste treatment macerator (new in 2015); and new 14.5 Nauta brand flexible heavy duty “bladder” holding tank
  • The enclosed aft stateroom has a stainless-steel sink, vanity, and medicine cabinet.
  • Two cedar lined clothes hanging lockers (one each in the V-berth and aft stateroom); and abundant storage throughout to include three storage spaces filled with spare sailboat parts of all kinds;
  • Showers: Two: One shower in head and a second shower in cockpit
  • Two electric bilge pumps; BBQ grill;
  • Navico brand HP5000 Autopilot; beautiful diesel room heater with stove pipe exhaust chimney in main saloon; teak nav station; hanging brass lantern; solar vents, two SS-Dorade vents, boarding ladder, cockpit table, white cockpit cushions, hard bimini over companionway with canvas/plastic “spray” hood; soft bimini with stainless steel frame over steering wheel, full, canvas and plastic winter cockpit enclosure with insect screens;

  • Anchor chain and rode new in 2015; Anchor washdown pump in anchor well; Anchor winch in anchor well. Sea anchor; Spare anchor and rode in aft quarter berth
  • Three battery banks with 100-amp alternator, Balmar regulator, and new Link Pro battery monitoring instrument
  • Raytheon tri-data (wind speed, depth, wind direction, etc.), VHF Marine radio at nav station and two hand-held marine radios for cockpit; compass on wheel pedestal; 24-inch monitor/DVD player mounted over nav station;
  • Sony stereo with Bose speakers and cockpit speakers, inverter; iPad holder and clamp for steering pedestal.
  • Rifle holder with lock in v-berth closet and pistol holder with lock in aft stateroom.
  • Coast Guard safety equipment (fire extinguishers, PFD’s, ; shore power cords; electric outlet at nav station;

    A survey was performed by Peter W. Schacht, Marine Surveyor. The few items mentioned that needed to be repaired or replaced (i.e., the headliner, the port bulkhead, etc.) have been taken care of. I will be glad to forward a copy of this document to any serious buyers.

    The boat has very detailed documents of just about every purchase and service from the previous four owners for the past several decades. Every one of her owners has taken extremely good care of her. Overall, she is in excellent condition.

    In 2015, the boat was advertised for sale with an asking price of $49,900. We purchased her in March of 2015 for $47,400 - which was a steal! We were willing to pay much more for her. Since then, we have invested more than $35,000 to include the following improvements:

  • New (not rebuilt) ZF brand transmission
  • Max Prop brand 15-inch, three-blade feathering propeller;
  • New Domestic brand 16K BTU reverse cycle air conditioning/heating unit with Smart Start brand electrical circuit protection, new sea water pump, new control panel thermostat in main saloon; with new 5” duct system
  • Garhauer Rigid boom vang
  • Battery bank (6 batteries) new as of 6/13/18
  • Canvas – new mainsail cover, pedestal cover, and teak handrail covers.

    All major work has been performed by professional mechanics at the marina yard. Invoices supporting the above work will gladly be provided. She is a U. S. Coast Guard “documented” boat for which clear title may be proven. She has been winterized and maintained by the marina.

    Additional photos available at this link:

    She currently needs scrubbing on the outside. Arrangements have been made for the marina to sand and paint the bottom in the next few weeks.

    Serious offers only. A security deposit of 10% of the selling price will be required upon execution of a Purchase Agreement and prior to sea trials.

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