Cal Yachts

Cal Yachts are some of the most sought after, preeminent racing yachts found anywhere in the world.  Considering the fact that these boats, manufactured by Jensen Marine in California, have been out of production since the late 1980’s, their continued popularity is a testament to innovative, ahead of its time design and construction practices that emphasized high-quality materials, expert craftsmanship, and wonderful attention to detail.

Built for performance, Cal Yachts were among the first mass-produced lines to feature all-fiberglass hulls, with an eye to ocean racing and cruising.
Jack Jensen, Cal Yachts founder, learned shipbuilding from old school artisans, and was inspired to explore speed sailboats by ocean racing legends like George Griffith. However, his approach once he began building his namesake products was to add some new school blueprint imageideas to his solid foundation. Jensen brought design guru Bill Lapworth on board as chief architect, with Willis Boyd helming the lofting duties. The results were sleek, elegantly contoured racing vessels that featured an innovative fin keel design, among other modernizations.

Cal Yachts most impressive early model was the Cal 40, a ship that took the ocean sailboat racing world by storm, and a design that continues to prove very competitive in racing competitions around the globe. A win in the 2008 Newport-Bermuda race showed that Cal Yachts have not lost their edge, holding their own and beating most sailboat designs that have come in their wake.

Today, Cal Yachts are still making waves. They continue to have a large presence wherever competitive racing is done, from the Atlantic, around to the Pacific, and in between, with a large fleet still active in the Great Lakes region. Sales of popular models like the Cal 25 and Cal 40 are brisk. While many Cal Yachts still privately owned, some have been turned into luxury cruisers which can be chartered out of California, Hawaii, the Bahamas, and other gorgeous port settings where the waters are easy and the weather is spectacular.

Vacationers leave all the work to the crews and take it easy sailing along for pure pleasure in some of the world’s finest waters. Other sailing enthusiasts consider it the experience of a lifetime to hire Cal Yachts complete with crew for some lively ocean sailing at full speed. They join the crew, do their part, and come away with memories that last a lifetime.

5 thoughts on “Cal Yachts

  1. Bob Gerecke

    I’m selling my 1971 Cal Cruising 36, which I’ve owned since 1993. Asking $25,000. It’s in San Pedro, CA. Raised dinette, diesel, Avon, hydraulic steering forward of usual position, tiller steering available, roller furling, 3 anchors, lots of gear. If anyone is interested, please call me at 909-626-2858 or email me at Thanks.

  2. Jamie

    I am retiring a 1974 Cal 2-29 and trying to find the best way to contact current owners who might be in need of original parts. Is there an option with this group? Thanks

  3. Rolen

    I have a 27 foot Cal sailboat I’ve wanted to rebuild but am now going to sell as my circumstances have changed. It’ll make a great restore project for someone. It has a volvo penta diesel engine, is very solid and structurally great, just needs lots of TLC. The first $2k gets it. Email me at

  4. Richard Rathgeber

    I’m not certain who to address this to but I’m writing this to you in hopes that you could point me in the right direction. I am a ship model builder and a physician who works for Patient First which is run by Dr. Pete Sowers MD. In 1982 he started Patient First by selling his boat which was a Cal 33 which he had named Cotten. I would love to make a model for him of a Cal 33 but I’m running into difficulty finding a set of plans. As I understand it it was a design by Mr. Hunt and built approximately 1974. Unfortunately the company has gone out of business and I have been unable to contact anyone who could help me with finding a set of plans for the ship. I obviously don’t want to infringe on privileged information but any help you could provide me would be greatly appreciated. I have discovered the advertisements which give a profile and deck pattern but they are rather crude. I am the past president of the Philadelphia ship model society and none of my colleagues have been able to turn up any information. Let me thank you in advance for any help you may be able to provide.
    Richard Rathgeber D.O.
    4233 Old York Rd. PO Box 395
    Buckingham PA 18912-0395

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