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Caliber 40
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Description: Caliber 40
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Mon February 24, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We just bought the boat but test sailed it in some rough conditions. It handled rough weather extremely well. This is our third Caliber. Whatever weaknesses the Calibers have (mostly light air performance) is far outweighed by their strength, heavy weather sailing ability and the quality of the service and attention prprovided by the fol
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Registered: May 2000
Location: Albuquerque, NM/Caribbean
Posts: 14
Review Date: Tue March 25, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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An exceptional family cruiser, very well built, our Dulcinea has surpassed our expectations in evry respect. The convertible cutter rig, coupled with a full battened mainsail, creates a comfortable sail plan for virtually all weather conditions except down wind in light airs. This singular performance flaw will be cured by the addition of an asymetrical spinaker to our sail inventory this summer. It would be hard to improve the boat for cruising....a solid sailor, well laid out for comfortable living for two adults and two children. After 2 and half years of heavy use, its solid construction has held up wonderfully, providing security and confidence in ugly weather.

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Review Date: Tue October 17, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Well built long distance boat. Very easily handled by a couple. The boat has a very comfortable and reassuring feel while sailing at sea. We have sailed her in 12' seas and 30 knot winds off the west coast of Vancouver Island and found the boat to be solid and seaworthy. When falling off 6' waves into the trough the boat does not pound but rather shoulders the water aside and settles gracefully.

The cutter rig allows great flexibility in getting just the right sail set. Sailing upwind in 30 knots with the staysail and double reefed main the boat makes an easy 7 knots while heeled at 20 degrees. Sailing downwind in the same conditions with a single reef in the main and a 100% jib the boat makes a steady 8.1 knots with good helm control. We have seen extended 9.5 knot bursts while surfing in a gale.

The interior is very well setup for a couple to live aboard. The forward head and large shower stall is great while at anchor and the aft head is perfect while offshore. The interior works very well offshore. There are three good seaberths and the galley is well planned for offshore work. The nav station is well located but the seating position is uncomfortable. There is a great deal of storage available throughout the boat.

We have noticed only a few weaknesses in about 4000 miles sailing. The most serious is the inability to maintain a windward course closer than 50 degrees to the wind. The other concern is that the refrigerator is too large. It is very well insulated but it is enormous. We have put food onboard for two people for six weeks and have not filled the fridge.

We have sailed our Caliber 40 in 55 knots and 6' seas and had no doubt about her strength and handling. She is a boat we plan on taking around the world.

UPDATE Oct 2000

During the summer of 2000 we sailed our Caliber 40 1400 nautical miles from Gig Harbor, Washington to San Diego. We spent 36 days on this trip. The boat performed magnificantly.

We added a 2.5 oz 165% light air reacher sail to the inventory. We can reach, or sail downwind, wing and wing at almost 80% of wind speed from 5 knots up to 10 knots. The big, light sail significantly improved the light air performance.

We sailed for 8 hours in 10' - 12' seas and 35 - 50 knot winds. The boat was very stable and easy to steer. With just a double reefed main and a 90% jib, or no jib, we were able to reach and run under perfect control.

We are even more enthusiastic about our Caliber 40 now than we were before we took her to San Diego. She is an excellent blue water boat for a couple to take anywhere.
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