CAL 35 for sale

Middle River, MD, United States

Listed price $34,000 USD

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General information
CAL 35
Used sail boat for sale
£24,736 GBP | Listed price $34,000 USD
Length overall
10.67 metres
3.51 metres
1.52 metres
5,897 kg
Fin Keel
Middle River, MD, United States

About this CAL 35


Jensen Marine built this C. William Lapworth design Cal 35 in 1985 and Cal boats are still winning races today. "Leading Lady" is not however beaten up from her racing days and has always been treated as a cruising lady and more like a day sailor than a racer.  

Owners Comments:

We have owned her since 1992.  The previous owner bought her late in his sailing life and only used the boat a couple of days a year. He then had her demasted and shrunk wrapped. When we bought her, she had never been slept on, the stove had never been used. We actually had to remove labels as if she were brand new. We since have sailed her a lot, mostly in the Chesapeake Bay (greatest place to sail!). We have sailed her to the Carolinas and New England. As happens to some sailors, we now have moved onto a Trawler. It is time to find a new home for our Leading Lady. She is a family member and we want her to be enjoyed. We have not sailed her much the last few years…

Practical Sailor "By Darrell Nicholson -Published:January 29, 2003Updated:November 6, 2019"

In creating the 35, Jensen Marine stuck with the formula that served it well from the Cal 40 forward: “moderately light displacement, waterlines on the longish side, fin keel, and high-efficiency rudder.” To suit the boat to the times, the publicist adds, “In all candor, however, the new Cal 35 is weighted toward high-performance cruising—real sailors’ cruising.”

While she never won much as a racer, she succeeded in fulfilling that “fast-cruising” formula. That is what has kept her alive on the used-boat market, and why sailors might do worse than to look at her as a couple’s cruiser.

“You can’t please everyone.” Almost 100 Cal 35s were built in the early ’80s, however, and as a designer friend of ours says, “Those stodgy traditional looks seem to get better and better the more time goes by.” She’s well-built, sails well, and seems in many ways to justify the premium price that’s attached to the Cal name.

“I sailed the hell out of mine for 18 years and I’ve never had a boat that I loved more,” one owner told us.


The “Mark II” version is more standard. The 6’4″ headroom hasn’t changed, but the floorplan has. The Mark II setup offers a quarter berth aft, two settee berths in the saloon, and a substantial platform double in the forepeak. The arrangement showcases a truly well-designed head/shower with maximum elbow room, light, and ventilation. It is sited in the “traditional” spot forward of the saloon. Double sinks on the centerline are another good addition.


While there is variation from fleet to fleet, the Cal 35 rates around 160 under PHRF. Neither a “sleeper” like some re-vamped ’80s boats, nor a rocket like the original 40, capable of running away from her competitors no matter what the rating, the Cal 35’s racing success has been middling at best. However, in terms of efficient, mannerly, seakindly sailing of the sort that makes for superlative cruising, this old boat delivers the goods. While her relatively bluff bow puts her at a disadvantage in light air with waves, her full entry helps the boat ride high and dry, especially while surfing down waves. Flat sections forward of the keel can cause pounding, but they are also a key to the boat’s crisp and surprisingly fluid motion. Chopped off at the transom she maxes out her waterline; high-sided forward she is dry on deck.


The good things about buying into a racing family seem to us to include the satisfaction that your boat is, in at least one sense, pedigreed for performance. There comes an association with people who are at the top of the sport, and no company exemplifies the halcyon days of the racer/cruiser (or cruiser/racer, whichever you prefer) than Cal.

Quick description and walk around the deck

There were several versions of a Cal 35 built over the years. There is a Cal 35 Cruise (Sloop or Ketch rig) and there is a Cal 35 Mark I.

"Leading Lady" is a Cal 35 Mark II which is a classic Cruiser/Racer sloop rig typical of the 1980's generation of popular fiberglass sailboats with large Genoas, fin keels, and a large balanced spade rudder for great control, Today she would best be qualified as a "Performance Cruiser", not really being that successful in the racing circuit. 

Starting with the transom, she has a swim ladder easily deployed off the stern from a stern pulpit gate or pulled up to complete the pulpit. The bimini can be wrapped up in the stern or opened over the helm station. (there is also a connection panel to connect with the dodger). On the stern pulpit is an emergency horseshoe within easy reach from the helm station. 

At the Helm Station is the steering pedestal with throttle and shifter, compass, cupholder and bracket for the Garmin Echo GPS, and the engine gauges and control panel. A compartment on port for the Propane and a compartment on starboard for storage. 2 outside speakers face forward from the helm station to set the mood or for after hours entertainment.

In the cockpit are large lockers on Starboard and Port for fenders, dock lines, hoses, shore power cord etc.  On port, is the refrigeration compressor, hot water heater, and access to the engine, transmission, and the dripless stuffing box. The starboard locker is shallower (because below it is the quarterberth). On the starboard side bulkhead forward of the cockpit are 3 gauges (wind speed, direction, and depth)

The Bimini and dodger, mainsail cover and Genoa sunscreen are all Blue. Just forward of the dodger (completely out of the cockpit area) is the traveler. The aluminum toe rail allows full flexibility for locating turning blocks or attaching to lines from bow to stern on either side. Genoa tracks extend back to the cockpit. and the handrails go the length of the cabin top in front of the dodger. The mainsheet is trimmed under the dodger on the starboard side. Just forward of the traveler are chrome dorades and dorade boxes venting into the main cabin. The center hatch is in the middle of the cabin top aft of the mast. 

Forward of the mast are a small hatch on starboard (over the head) and a small hatch on port and 2 dorade boxes (dorades currently not installed). In the center of the foredeck is the large forward hatch. A bow cleat on starboard and port, anchor locker, anchor chain and rode are stored in the anchor locker and the plow anchor rests on an anchor platform in the bow. The Genoa is furled in a Schafer Roller furler. 


Walk around tour below

Walking down the companionway steps to the main cabin feels surprisingly open with the galley on the port side; a "U" shaped Galley with double sink, with 3 spigots, pressure water faucet, hand pump  fresh and sea water. A dry storage locker outside forward in the "U". On the port side is a 3 burner Hillerange Stove with a good size oven. Aft in the "U" is a good size refrigerated double opening Isotherm freezer ice box. Cabinet space above the counters and a shelf along the port side for storage. The stereo system is also controlled from the galley (I guess the galley slave rules the tune selections).

At the Nav Station, the Data Marine Log clicks off the log, The Horizon VHF keeps you in touch with the world, and the Raytheon Radar can be swiveled into the companionway to help guide you safely through the night from below or in the cockpit. 

The large and comfortable Quarter Berth is aft of the Nav station on the starboard side.

The main electric panel is behind the companionway steps with fuel gauge, hour meter 12 volt power and shore power outlets

Moving forward to the main salon, the sofas on either side are covered with an attractive blue fabric in good condition and there are storage shelves behind each. Along the centerline is a table with fold down leaves on either side with the typical liquor locker in the center. Moving forward on starboard is the head with manual toilet and full size shower stall with a seat and storage lockers. Opposite the head on port is a hanging locker and shelf leading to the forward cabin

In the forward cabin is a cedar closet with drawers and a Vee berth and shelf for personal gear. The large forward hatch supplies a lot of natural light and ventilation.

NPYS Disclaimer12

The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Depthsounder, Log, speedometer, Plotter , Compass, GPS , VHF , Radar , Radio , CD player , Shore power inlet

Inside Equipment

Electric bilge pump, Battery charger , Hot water, Oven, Marine head, Deep freezer

Outside Equipment

Cockpit cushions, Cockpit table, Swimming ladder, Bimini Top, Mainsail cover, Spray hood

Other Equipment

Leading Lady, Navigation center, Simrad (Not installed), Garmin EchoMap CV, Horizon, Raymarine, Sony, Sony, Battened mainsail, Furling genoa, Steering wheel, Charger 5000 series, isotherm

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Fuel capacity
106 litres
Maximum speed
15 kph
Cruising speed
11 kph
Number of cabins
Number of berths
Drinking water capacity
341 litres
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Broker/Dealer Information

North Point Yacht Sales

Owner Ken Comerford
7330 Edgewood Road
United States
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