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1978 CAL 34

SEK  259.535*
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Beautifully refit and open to all reasonable offers!

Enkel / diesel
Belägen i:
Crownsville, MD
Nuvarande pris:
US$ 27.900 (SEK  259.535) 
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Price reduced to $27,900 on 5/3/2020. Call or text Central Agent John Kaiser for history and details about this beautiful refit! MUST SEE!!

Every once in a while, a really special boat comes to market to find an owner that will love their boat as much as the current one has, Here is her story:

The History of “Little Boat”

1978 Cal 34: 

My adventure with this Cal 34 sailboat, First Light, started after the sale of my larger boat. I was looking for a smaller boat that was able to be “single-handed.” A friend of mine, who was a yacht broker, knew about my interest and located a lightly used Cal 34 Day/Racer at Oak Harbor Marina i78 Cal 34n Pasadena, MD. The boat had been raced but seldom cruised, so there were few amenities. The owner was interested in selling to someone who wanted to refit the Cal and sail it extensively or cruise the world.

Upon purchasing the boat in May of 2012, I had an extensive survey done to determine if there were any critical structural or mechanical issues. No issues were found, the hull and rudder were free of defects and moisture, and the Westerbeke engine hour meter had only 850 hours, which led us to believe that it wasn’t working, but in fact it was. I left the boat at Oak Harbor for about 3 months and started to do a “deep clean.” When my broker friend visited, I told him that my intent was to gut the inside of the Cal and rebuild her for cruising. In the next few weeks, working nights and weekends, I removed most of the interior except for the outline of the V-berth and head. I removed every piece of wiring, hoses, belts, gauges, and electronics.

While still at Oak Harbor, I began marking out the new interior configuration and installed new bronze thru-hulls for the relocated galley sink and the water supply for future heat & AC. At that time, I also hand-stripped the hull below the waterline and applied several coats of barrier paint. Then I applied three coats of Pettit Hydrocoat. I also began framing the new galley and constructed the super-insulated frig/freezer compartment. Once those items were completed, I decided to move the boat to my slip in the Inner Harbor. The Westerbeke engine started immediately and has never once smoked or hesitated to start. My maiden voyage was an absolute thrill.

After arriving in Baltimore, I began living on a friend’s Hatteras 53, which was docked directly across from my Cal 34. Over the next 2+ years, I completely dedicated my life to bringing the “little boat” back to life. Whether it is was summer or winter, 90° or 20°, you would find all sorts of equipment on the dock for cutting, fitting, staining, or painting the new boat parts. During that time, the Cal 34 affectionately became known as “Little Boat,” and all my friends felt First Light should be renamed “Little Boat.” Now the boat is continually referred to as “Little Boat” (“LB” for short).

At the end of the rebuild time, I decided that both LB and I were ready to head out on our “next adventure.” In October of 2014, I untied LB and pointed her bow south toward Florida. Unfortunately, the only thing that had not been extensively checked was the transmission, and it gave out at the Francis Scott Key Bridge. I limped into the boat’s old home, Oak Harbor Marina, and learned that the transmission needed a major overhaul. After 5 weeks and several thousand dollars, LB and I decided to head south again, so 1 week before Thanksgiving we left in what would become the first of four nor’easters before reaching Norfolk, VA. The Westerbeke diesel easily pushes LB at 7+ knots hour after hour and burns less than 3 quarts of fuel an hour.

In our adventure to Florida, “Little Boat” proved herself far more seaworthy than her captain. On the very first day out, we found the Chesapeake had been whipped into a dangerous waterway. The wind was at our back and the waves were running 3 to 4 feet. It was 25° and raining, and the wind was at about 20 knots; almost every wave cycle would raise LB off the top of a wave and she would crash into the next wave and almost bury the anchors. This went on for hours until we were finally forced to seek protection and drop anchor. There were so many times in that winter travel down the ICW that this amazing, powerful “Little Boat” proved herself to be my protector and refuge in time of trouble.

I am confident that the next owner will see the beauty and the strength of this boat. The hull is solid fiberglass of 1/2- to 5/8-inch thickness and the cabin top is strong enough to withstand any boarding waves.

My intent was to cruise “Little Boat” in the Caribbean, but plans change and so do we. Be safe and enjoy your “next adventure.”



Gary Armstrong



Water: Standard 60 gals in the Bow, added 24 gals in the stern. Both Plastic

    Holding: New 24 gal. Ronco Plastic tank

    Diesel: 37 gal. Alum. Fuel and Tank were 'scrubbed' in 2013

    Water Heater: New 14 gal. Electric/Engine

    Engine: Westerbeke 30 hp, 4 cylinder Diesel - Hours 1,780

    Transmission: Total Rebuilt 2014 - Paragon V Drive

    Prop: 2 Blade Bronze

    Outboard Engine Hoist on Stern

    Heat & A/C: Mermaid 16,000 BTU, new 2013

    Electrical: all new using Marine Grade Parts

        Shore Power: (2) 30 amp Circuits (1) Heat/AC (1) House

        Panels: (3) Blue Seas, breakers with lights

    VHF: New Standard Horizon w/Remote MIC at Helm

    Handheld VHF: Lowrance with GPS linked to Standard Horizon

    Battery Charger: Xantrex 40 amp. w/ LinkLite

    New Shower Pump

    New Anchor Wash System


    Refrigeration: Adler Barbour Air-Cooled 2014

    TV w/BlueRay

    New Force10 Two Burner Stove

    New Deck Hardware: for single handing - Garhauer 2014

    New Traveler Bridge by Garhauer 2014

    New US Stainless Steel Life Lines and Fittings 2014

    New US Stainless Steel Standing Rigging and Fittings 2018

    New Running Rigging made by West Marine Rigging Loft 2018 

    New LED Navigation lights on Mast 2018

    New Sunbrella Dodger, Bimini and Connector and S.S. Frames 2014

For immediate email contact: or text me @ 443-223-7864 cell for service and showing instructions on any of my listings *** "To make an offer on any of my beautiful listings, please call me to have an electronic Yacht Purchase and Sale Agreement emailed to you immediately" My customers & clients will tell you I am direct, honest and fair. I love to sell previously owned yachts that are very well maintained and priced fairly. I look forward to working with you! Please email your questions directly to me for a quick response. All questions answered asap!

All email offers encouraged with follow up signed yacht purchase and sale agreement and 10% deposit to be held in Escrow. Yacht View is a 50/50 corresponding brokerage.

Please contact John Kaiser for her complete history details and to arrange your personal inspection. I can be always be reached @ 443-223-7864 cell anytime or email to

Thank you for considering my professional Brokerage service. I work equally helping you either sell or purchase your yacht.

If you would like to be pre-qualified for marine financing, please contact each of the following Marine finance representatives for a competitive quote. All lenders are locally based in the Annapolis area and offer slightly different programs and rates based on your specific needs and credit history. Remember, many boats qualify as second home mortgage deductions and many times you may incorporate your state's "Use Tax" into the loan! 

I would highly recommend the following lenders: Laurie Kiser @ 443-223-8425, Dave Trostle @ 410.268.1545, Jane Tayman @ (888) 386-3121 (These professionals will pre-qualify your financing needs to prepare your budget for your yacht purchase. Be certain to let them know I referred you!) 

For your Marine Insurance I would highly recommend Al Golden, President & Agent @ 800-541-4647

Feel free to interview these local Marine Surveyors I have worked with for many years: Mike Previti of 410-610-8761, Todd Taylor Marine Surveyor, 410-725-1641 Reno Panico, Atlantic Seaboard Marine Surveyors, 301-807-7593, Tarn Kelsey, Kelsey Marine Survey, 410-353-3822, Jim McGlincy of Bay Shore Marine Surveys @ 410-808-3849. Also contact for a complete list of SAMS or for NAMS surveyors nationwide. Always interview your surveyor and ask them for sample reports!

Local Yacht Detailing and management: Williams Yacht Management Company @ Email: 410-268-1634

Local Mobile Interior and Cushion Cleaning: Annapolis ChemDry, "Josh" @ 410-255-8200. 

Local Marine Service on Systems, electronic and general repair: Steve Catz @ 410-231-3191 or his web site @ or Patrick at Marine Electric Systems @ 443-790-5783 or

Local Marina: Smiths Marina, Crownsville, MD. 35T travel lift, excellent service including fiberglass repair, bottom service and land/water storage. Contact Rick or Valerie Smith, 410-923-3444.

Local Marine Mechanics, both gas and diesel: Ken Navis/Severn River Marine Services @ 410-923-1373, Jeff Leitch/Kim Starr/Bay Shore Marine Engine Service/ @ 410-263-8370

And remember....."Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So...throw off your bowlines...Sail away from the safe harbor...Catch the trade winds in your sails.....Explore! Dream! Discover!" (Mark Twain)

*Yacht View Brokerage LLC is always interested in very well maintained yachts to list, market & sell. Call John Kaiser for a detailed current market appraisal of your yachts market value @ 443-223-7864 anytime!

Please contact John Kaiser at 4432237864

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