40′ Passage North – Cal 40
The Passage North is a 40 foot sloop with two sails, a full cabin and a bathroom. She has white decks and has a Kingston Gray hull which captures different hues in varied light. If the sky is dark the hull darkens, bright days lightens the color significantly and during restoration it sat next to a wheat field and actually took on a khaki color. The boat received all new hardware, a new diesel engine and new sails in a recent upgrade.
The Passage North is a 1966 "Cal 40" originally called a California 40. The boat was built in Costa Mesa, California and designed by Bill Lapworth. The boat which is forty feet in length, was designed to compete in the Transpacific Race between California and Hawaii. Known then as the "Freak" the Cal 40 was revolutionary in design due to a fin keel that was not attached to the boat's rudder. Old timers of the era said the boat would never meet the demands of the open ocean and the boat which was built for speed shouldn't venture offshore. Over 40 years later Cal 40′s now have their own class in the Transpacific Race and are crossing oceans all over the world. Not only was the boat tough and safe, it won race after race throughout the United States and beyond.
The Cal 40 is now in the Design Hall of Fame for sailboats. Ted Turner and Gary Jobson, ESPN's voice of sailing, sailed a Cal 40 called Vamp X and repeatedly won highly competitive races throughout the United States. More information is available on the internet by searching for "Cal 40".
Schedule a great Door County Cruise aboard the Passage North 40' boat.