Art and Scott Melendres are now the proud owners of the elusive and coveted Cal 25 Hull #1.
For years now I have heard the rumor that the Cal 25 bearing the distinction of being Hull #1 has been moored in the Naples community of Long Beach, CA. I never checked it out but recently my son Scott found it listed for sale on Craig’s List. He and our crewman Pat Graham verified that it was, indeed Hull #1. The boat’s history shows that it was originally registered in 1964. The current owner had purchased it a few years ago with the intent of restoring it. The restoration never occurred and thus she put it up for sale. We made the purchase for the sum of $600.00.
The boat is in surprisingly sound condition. The deck is solid, the fiberglass is in fair condition, and the standing rigging appears to be good. The boom was broken and the cost of replacement will probably match the cost of purchase. There is a “huge” air vent on the front deck, the purpose of which I have no idea. The vents life span is short however; it probably doesn’t know it yet.
The primary issues with the boat appear to be “cosmetic.” It is in need of a large dose of “TLC” which I am positive it will receive. I’ll keep you tuned in on how this restoration project will develop. The bottom line here is that the very first Cal 25 off the production line is found, sound and is destined to once again be “proud.”
— Art Melendres