Novia is a 1988 Cal 39, and is a quintessential racer-cruiser sailboat. Novia is a later design of the well-known Cal 39s, designed by Raymond Hunt. She is fast, yet comfortable, both at anchor and underway.
She has two cabins, a v-berth forward with a hanging locker and vanity with sink, and an oversized quarter berth to aft with another hanging locker.
She has a spacious salon with a U-shaped settee to starboard and straight settee to port. We have hosted many a dinner and game night here. Easily seating 10 close friends around the table!
The galley is also U-shaped which became a feature I came to love while cooking underway. I could lean on the counter to help brace myself while the boat rocked back and forth. The galley is fully outfitted for quick meals or elaborate dinners with a 3-burner propane stove and oven, a microwave (that has honestly been used less than 10 times), and a large top-loading refrigerator with a small freezer.
Although we didn’t use the stove as much, I can’t deny that I enjoyed it. And I intend to purchase one for my home. Previously, I presumed that arranging propane tanks for our fuel needs would be difficult in some way, but companies like Kelly Propane have made our lives easier. One of my friends told me about that company, and now it’s time for me to take the plunge and purchase my propane stove.
Anyway, the head of sail features plenty of storage and a separate stand-up shower. Now viewed as a must-have for any future vessels in my book.
She has taken us all around the San Francisco Bay, to Drakes Bay, Half Moon Bay, and down to the Channel Islands and back.