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Bow Bling: The Hardware up Front

While walking the docks of the California Yacht Club, we couldn’t help noticing the jewels adorning the noses of the many boats in their slips. They range from simple to elegant, to fast and efficient. We didn’t meet the owners but guess the bling on the bow is a reflection of the owner and how they like to sail. We’re sharing some of our observations below, starting with the simple.

Simplicity rules on the bow of a catboat. Not much to worry about up here.
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Martin 242
The California Yacht Club has a sweet-looking fleet of dry-sailed Martin 242s. It’s all about speed.
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When uncovered, this elegant bow surely complements a stylin’ daysailer.
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Sporty but
Sporty looks with multiple sail options suggests a performance sailor, but a large plow anchor makes for a fast pace to some good cruising.
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The sleek and simple bow of the J/100 is for the pure pleasure of sailing.
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Cal 2-46
A California classic. Robust and ready to take you anywhere in comfort. Can you name it?
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Shapely and refined, this Hinckley with jib sheet bags forward was looking smart.
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Gehry at the helm, with Foggy's owner, Richard Cohen
Form and function. The stunning, fine-art bow of the Maine-built cold-molded sloop Foggy, according to Town & Country, is a stunning collaboration between renowned architect Frank Gehry and developer Richard Cohen. She’s a head-turner.
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There are dozens more variations on the theme, but from efficient sail handling to secure anchoring, a lot of important work gets done up there. We’d be happy to spend time sailing any one of these boats.



  1. Al Hughes 3 years ago

    Guessing it’s a Cal 46, no idea of actual name.

  2. Ken Haas 3 years ago

    The California classic….is it a Cal 2-46?

  3. Tom walchli 3 years ago

    Really nice cal 246

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