The CAL 2-46 yacht weighs 15 tons. Hefty for a coastwise cruiser. But light for an offshore boat. So she rises over massive ocean rollers like a modern ocean racer. Instead of wallowing in the troughs. Rides with a breaking storm wave. Instead of stopping dead in its path. Hand layed-up fiber-glass construction, generous structural bulkheads make her sinewy and tough. And Bill Lapworth's seakindly design makes her fast enough to run before a storm. The keel is extraordinarily long. To help her track. And it only draws five feet. Which is unusual for a 46-footer. A balanced spade rudder helps her answer surely to her helm. The CAL 2-46 yacht was built for distance. An 85hp Perkins diesel and tanks for 135 gallons of fuel provide a steady 8-knot cruising speed. A cruising range of 1,200 miles under power alone. The CAL 2-46 will also cruise at an honest 8 knots under sail.
CAL 2-46 LAYOUT
Her beamy hull and substantial deckhouse give the CAL 2-46 yacht remarkable room below. Even for a 46-footer. Not just room for guests (though she comfortably sleeps seven, in three private cabins), but space for an engine room you can walk around in; an enormous lazarette. Space for a chart table, two heads with showers, and a workbench. Space to stow the gear, supplies, and tools that make a cruiser into a self-sufficient passagemaker.