Louise is the darling vessel Katie and I lived on for two years while cruising America’s Great Loop. She is living proof of simplicity at sea, and the ability to travel far in small spaces, on small budgets.
Make: 1979 CAL 2-27
Designer: Bill Lapworth
Rig: Masthead Sloop
Engine: Universal, Diesel 11hp
Sleeps 4 uncomfortably, 2, a dog, and possibly a kitten – just lovely.
“The Cal 2-27 is a reliable day or weekend cruiser. Best suited for winds in the low to mid-teens, the Cal 2-27 won’t dazzle with record speeds but offers enjoyable cruising with the comfort of the good old days. She prefers flat water, but will put up with ocean swells to. This boat has a unique charm; it’s weakness can be corrected with reasonable financial effort.”
INTERIOR: The interior is sided with teak, four generously sized berths, a small galley and a head. We have a two burner alcohol stove, a grill to go on the stern pulpit, ice box, and room to store food. Two sinks (1 in the galley, 1 in the head) are connected to one 18 gallon water tank. The head is connected to a 5 gallon bladder, which we must pump out along the way. We decided to save the original plaid 1979 cushions. After taking them to get deep cleaned, the old school pattern looks good as new.
Katie and I sold Louise for the same price we bought her a month after we returned home. She took us farther than we ever expected. She remains locally in my hometown, and rests on a mooring ball in my back yard, neighboring the my fathers Pearson,