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Old 11-18-2021, 05:40 PM   #1
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1989 Californian 48 CPMY

After much looking, the Admiral and I finally closed the deal on our new, to us, 48 CPMY with Cat 3208TAs (375 HP). We love it and it's quite the change from the 36 ft Uniflite we previously owned for 15 years. The trip from Georgetown, Maine to Poquoson, VA was uneventful and we are very please at how the boat performed.

I've read, with interest, the history of the Califonian brand as it changed from the Marshall family to Wellcraft and then Carver, particularly where the boats were built and changes made along the way. I have a copy of the documentation history since the boat was first built in 1988. According to the that paperwork, she is a Tustin, CA built boat and we are the 5th owner.

Still trying to decipher the HIN (CDRJB006K889). I've seen the discussions about the early HINs and have read that historical records no longer exist for the later Californian models. Any help with our HIN is greatly appreciated as is any help with obtaining wiring schematics.
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Old 11-18-2021, 06:37 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new boat. Glad the delivery went well. How about some photos of it?
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Old 11-18-2021, 07:52 PM   #3
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Old 11-18-2021, 07:54 PM   #4
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Old 12-02-2021, 07:50 AM   #5
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I am searching for my first trawler, and a 1987 Californian 48 is one of the candidates. I know very little about the pros and cons of the Californian hull, seaworthyness, performance, shortcomings, etc. Are there particularly good sources + resources for that kind of information that I should explore? Thanks
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Old 12-02-2021, 08:02 AM   #6
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Talk to Mike Webster here: https://hansenyachtsales.com/

They were dealers and he brokers quite a few every year.
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Welcome to TF. Very nice boat!
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Old 12-09-2021, 03:28 PM   #8
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I am searching for my first trawler, and a 1987 Californian 48 is one of the candidates. I know very little about the pros and cons of the Californian hull, seaworthyness, performance, shortcomings, etc. Are there particularly good sources + resources for that kind of information that I should explore? Thanks
Sorry for not replying sooner, I've had some medical appointments. Bglad provides good advice to get with someone familiar with the brand as suggested. Having said that, we are happy with ours. She is in great shape for her age and handled rough water well when we hit some big seas on our trip down from Maine to Virgina. She also handles well and is responsive in docking situations. We like the layout and fit and finish has held up over the years. Good luck with your search!
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Lots of luck on a wiring schematic. We bought our 1988 Californian late last year, and over the past year we have installed all new electronics, a bow and stern thruster as well as a new windlass. As part of this, I was forever chasing old wires, runs, etc. We found a couple circuits that were not protected with breakers, butt splices in areas that were impossible to see unless you were pulling that wire, you name it.

Essential tools included a circuit tracer, bore scope, and a limber neck (and probably a 6-pack of beer).

The main routing from down below to the upper helm is down to the port side of the engine room and then up through an area above the small hanging locker as you go into the aft berth. The larger hanging locker/closet in the aft berth has a number of wires behind the back panel in the closet. Go ahead and PM me if you want more details and pics.
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