The Cal 2-46 was designed and built in the mid-1970’s as a comfortable, long-distance ocean cruiser. It’s cut-away fixed keel and spade rudder strike an unusual balance between modern performance and traditional sea-going comfort. The huge saloon and stand-up engine room separate the two cabins, each with it’s own head.
Bright Water was built in 1974 as a Ketch. We will probably remove the mizzen mast and convert her to a slightly under-powered sloop, then add an asymetrical spinnaker to make her into a reaching monster. If we ever want to sail to windward, we can later change to a slightly longer boom to match the factory sloop rig.
The 85 hp Perkins 4-236 engine and 230 gallon standard tanks give great performance under power and tremendous range – somewhere around 1500 miles under power.
The hull is solid fiberglass below the sheer, and the fiberglass deck is cored with plywood. There is very little teak on deck, but the interior below is mostly teak.
The huge saloon windows are unconventional and frighten most ocean cruisers. Having lost a boat windshield off the Oregon Coast, I get it. However, at least five of these boats have circumnavigated and many have sailed to and from Hawaii. The windows are fantastic at anchor.
Bright Water has the raised dinette in the saloon, instead of the more common settee. Sleeping at sea will be more problematic, but the dinette will be much better at anchor and in calm water. There is also a small dinette in the aft cabin.