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FlyWright Posted - Nov 30 2008 : 02:41:26
Are there any fellow Wellcraft Californian owners out there?
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Flutterby Posted - Jul 14 2011 : 02:15:21
Originally posted by Blues Cat

I've got a question for ya. The wood backing the raw water through hulls is saturated and needs replacing. Do I want to have the replaced wood glassed in or should it be exposed (as it is now) without fiberglass?

I believe having it thoroughly glassed in would be the best protection to prevent future saturation problems.
FlyWright Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 23:34:09
vonemster, I'd love to see your boat sometime when I'm in Monterey. Never saw a 35 Cal up close and personal. I travel to MRY periodically on my job. Was flying over the bay 2 weeks ago and spotted 15-20 whales in about 10 minutes...we lost count. They are sure there in numbers!!

Email me if you'd like to show it off sometime. Likewise, if you ever get to the delta, let me know and I'll take you out on my 34.

flywright34 at gmail dot com
vonemster Posted - Jul 13 2011 : 23:25:04
I have a '85 Wellcraft Californian (35'). Great deep V hull. Low maintainence. I repowered with new 5.7 Crusaiders and props 4 years ago (was over proped). Cruises at 14 knots. Top end is 19 knots (WOT) at 4,500 rpms. That is with a fairly heavy hardshell dingy on davits above the swim step and twin 125 gal tanks. Take it whale watching and crabbing in Monterey Bay (CA). Solid, heavy boat, but stabile and tracks well.
fighterpilot Posted - Apr 23 2011 : 16:49:27
Anyone with a 1985 35 foot californian convertible which was built 1985-1987. Trying to find out how it really performs. Owner says 12 knots, papar work says cruise 17. Before I buy it would like to resolve this. Can have it hauled and check props to see if over propped. What should props be on that boat? Thanks
FlyWright Posted - Mar 14 2011 : 16:19:44
My initial post was a bit misleading as I now read it. Mine is a Marshall Boats model from the first year of production. The reason I asked about Wellcraft owners is b/c this is the Wellcraft Owners Forum.
chc Posted - Apr 02 2010 : 21:37:23
We left NC 1/11/2010, and headed for the Keys. Arrived in Marathon mid March. Now headed back to the Chesapeake via Charleston, SC and othwer points North. Scooter, our Californian 34 has been great; a real workhorse.
KiDa Posted - Feb 23 2010 : 12:39:29
I love the Califorinian series. Wish I had one.
Solidus Posted - Feb 23 2010 : 11:10:53
1984 Californian 38 in Charleston, SC. Love it! Twin 454's. First post here, btw.
Blues Cat Posted - Feb 17 2009 : 08:06:39
It's good to see someone else with a Californian. Mine is a 1981, 34' with twin 85 hp Perkins. That makes it a Wellcraft. It makes a great liveaboard. I'd take it out more often, but in post Ike Galveston Bay it's a bit like tiptoeing around your kid's room barefoot in the dark.
I've got a question for ya. The wood backing the raw water through hulls is saturated and needs replacing. Do I want to have the replaced wood glassed in or should it be exposed (as it is now) without fiberglass?
Ghost Posted - Feb 03 2009 : 02:09:30
Why limit to just the Wellcraft Californian's? Why not include the Marshall's too? After all, they started the line! I think they were the best ones, but ours was one of the first under the Wellcraft baner.

My FIL used to own a 34 with twin Perkins. Prior to that he had the 3rd 30 off the original line.

Great boats.

The 34 is now living its latest life in Hawaii.

chc Posted - Feb 02 2009 : 20:24:55
Guess there aren't too many of us around. Mine's on the Chesapeake Bay. 1984 4 LRC w/twin Detroit's. Slowly rebuilding it; hard to get it apart 'caiuse it is so heavily built. Great boat.

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