The New CAL Meter Edition 9.2 Yacht (1981)
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People have been asking "What's in a name?" since Og begat Fred Flintstone.
The name Ron Holland conjures up super-graphic images of lean and hungry Admiral's Cuppers, killer One and Two Tonners, and Hi-Tech custom racers. The name "Cal" evokes visions of strong, handsome, well-built, beautifully-finished crisp white yachts. So, what should you expect from a name like "The Cal/Ron Holland 9.2"? Easy. A fast, light, agile, good-looking thoroughbred. Sensational sailing. A dash of hard core competition. And, surprisingly, accommodations that will take you back in racing about 15 years.
If, at first blush, the CAL 9.2 looks to you like a 30' Ron Holland Half Tonner with a deckhouse, you've got a good eye for boats. Its origin is indeed a flat-out race-bred hull that beats, reaches and runs with ferocity. Two external keels bolt on– serious (4' 6") and more serious (5' 6").
The cockpit seats angle for rail sitting without furrows. The deck bristles with appropriate winches, tracks, blocks and go-fast. And the rig is, well, somewhat tall.
The aggressive good looks of all that seriousness above decks don't quite prepare you for the laissez-faire attitude below. The interior is suspiciously comfortable– and vainly handsome and embarrassingly complete. A few weight-saving details like the aircraft plastic headliner may be able to distract a nails-for-breakfast racer's attention from the teak door, table and finish, but sooner or later he'll catch on. The boat has been compromised for luxury cruising, and that's that.
A lot of people are going to wonder if this means the end of CAL as we all have known it for 20 years. Not at all. To our regular CAL line we're adding our special Meter Editions, and calling them by their length in meters to distinguish them from Bill Lapworth's fine are known by their length in feet.
Our motives are simple. It would be difficult for you to choose which style CAL you preferred if there never was a second choice.
We have prepared extensively detailed color brochures on the Bill Lapworth designed CAL 39, CAL 35, CAL 31, CAL 25 and for the Ron Holland designed ❑ CAL 9.2 Meter. Please write for this information, or see your CAL dealer.
Bangor Punta Marine,
P.O. Box 991, Fall River, MA 02722