Fortunately, I'd come home to California, where good, cheap sailboats are readily available. During my final weeks abroad, I'd closely monitored Bay Area Craigslist postings and had already made a few appointments to look at boats, many of which were Cal yachts designed by Bill Lapworth. This wasn't coincidental, as I've always been drawn to Lapworth designs. I'd already owned two Cals, including Mongo, which had taken me all the way to New Zealand. By producing good boats cost-effectively, Jensen Marine, the builder of the Cal brand, had sold thousands upon thousands of boats during the fiberglass boatbuilding boom of the 1960s and 1970s. Cals have stood the test of time, are still in huge supply, and generally represent good value; they're the proverbial dime-a-dozen classic plastic production cruisers.