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Caliber 40 LRC
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Description: Caliber 40 LRC
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Thu September 12, 1996 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

Medium displacement bluewater cruiser.
"LRC" means "Long Range Cruiser", refers to the 230-gallon fuel and 190-gallon water tanks, located under the cabin sole.
Convertible cutter rig, long fin keel with skeg-hung rudder.
Strengths: Rugged construction, good performance, good interior design, handles heavy weather very well.
Weaknesses: Mediocre performance in light winds due to weight.
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Review Date: Thu January 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

* A sloop with a convertible cutter rig, fairly heavy displacement, aft cockpit, fairly shallow draft (5'4")
* All water and fuel tankage is below the cabin floor; two water and two fuel tanks. These are made of fiberglass but the layer in contact with the fluids uses a special resin that is approved by EPA for fuel storage and by FDA for water. Holding tank is under the anchor locker.
* Strengths: For a heavy boat performs very well except in the very lightest winds. Nice interior layout and beautiful cabinetry. Steps from cockpit into cabin are not steep. Good compromise of livability and off-shore features.
* Weaknesses: Mostly minor items, such as no engine hour meter, no fuel gagues, difficulty in accessing fuel and water lines.
* Overall, very satisfied with the boat. After years of looking, this boat provides the best value for the money. The boat will be used in some off-shore cruising.
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Review Date: Thu January 9, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons:

* A sloop with a convertible cutter rig, fairly heavy displacement, aft cockpit, fairly shallow draft (5'4")
* All water and fuel tankage is below the cabin floor; two water and two fuel tanks. These are made of fiberglass but the layer in contact with the fluids uses a special resin that is approved by EPA for fuel storage and by FDA for water. Holding tank is under the anchor locker.
* Strengths: For a heavy boat performs very well except in the very lightest winds. Nice interior layout and beautiful cabinetry. Steps from cockpit into cabin are not steep. Good compromise of livability and off-shore features.
* Weaknesses: Mostly minor items, such as no engine hour meter, no fuel gagues, difficulty in accessing fuel and water lines.
* Overall, very satisfied with the boat. After years of looking, this boat provides the best value for the money. The boat will be used in some off-shore cruising.
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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 recently purchased our Caliber 40, having traded a Caliber 33. (we previous to that owned a Caliber 28.) Our test sail was in 25-30 knot winds and six foot seas on Lake Michigan. The boat handled the rough weather extremely well. And we didn't use the detachable cutter and staysail. Because of its weight and hull configuration, I suspect that its light air performance (6 knots and below) is not that of a J Boat. That was our experience with our Caliber 33. But its feeling of saftey, its cruising comfort and the quality service we have received for the past 11 years from the folks at Caliber Yachts makes us happy we've stuck with Calibers for all these years.

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Review Date: Sun July 23, 2000 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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As mentioned in other owners' reviews, the boat is solidly built and handles well in all but light air and does not respond to close reaching. Interior lay-out is better than most with its pullman berth in the owner's cabin. The vanity there is useless, however, and the space could be much better utilized. Nav station is uncomfortable to sit at. Ample storage space below. It is brighter and more airy than many boats with its 7 hatches and 14 ports.
Our boat sustained a fractured masthead after 4 years and neither Caliber nor Zspar (the masthead manufacturer) would contribute to the cost of replacing it. In fact, Caliber did nothing to support us during the 4 months that elapsed before it was replaced. For this lack of support we would never buy another Caliber.
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Review Date: Tue January 2, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: solid, seaworthy, well balanced, can sail off the hard in three feet of water (twice)
Cons: None yet

Getting used to fixed keel, new crew and new sailing area, left me on the hard twice in 12 knots of wind. The boat took the soft bottom and used a two foot sea to sail off on a reach twice with assistance from the auxiliary. Not recommended but good experience to have under one's belt. This tells you something about the construction of the underhull. It didn't dig in nor damage the rudder (skeg hung). Backs well using the manuever I posted on the Caliber discussion site. Sails very well in most all weather and the light air problems related above may be of sail trim rather than design or weight. I suspect the roller furling easy sailing features reduce the shape of the sails for light air. One needs a deeper luff and battens for the main in light air not available in mast furling. I noticed the boat sailed as well or better with the staysail than the furling jib. Try tightening the leach lines. I wonder if using both in light air would improve performance. I added a skipper's seat over the emergency tiller well, a wisker pole from stock twenty foot pole from zspar, an emergency start battery to number two single D battery and fuel prefilter and 500 micron top loading dual fuel filters interchangeable with either fuel tank, and truck diesel priming fuel pump rather than original smaller bottom loading filters with smaller priming pump and no prefilter. So far this with additives has solved inherited poor fuel problems. Range of 1500 miles on 200 gallons of fuel is a problem with keeping fuel fresh. Haven't used new installed airconditioning. Would say it is not necessary. This is a solid boat design good for any condition.
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Tropiccafe
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Registered: September 2006
Posts: 18
Review Date: Tue February 20, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7 

 
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I have been trying to understand the many aspects of trying to convince the prospective boat purchasers that the Caliber is a great cruising boat. There is a definite problem with this boat in light air sailing to say the least.
Considerations a purchaser should weigh.
Keel- encapsulated fiberglass keel made up of iron ingots and concrete. ( a money saving issue for sure) Should water penetrate the keel, and it will, an expensive repair and replacement is in order.
Lightning There is no connection from the mast to a grounded keel for lightning protection. Should this boat be hit lightning needs to be discharged somehow and a path will be found with possible major damage to the hull. I would not even consider a boat without a lead keel that is fully grounded. Yes lead is 10 times the cost of iron but it is definitely worth it.
LWL this 40 foot boat has only a 32.6 waterline. Should be called the 35 LRC and priced accordingly.
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svresolute
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Registered: February 2003
Posts: 2
Review Date: Fri January 15, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Solidly constructed, sea kindly, excellent tankage, good storage, excellent ventillation, good sea berths
Cons: Cramped nav station, could use a deeper keel for better winward performance

We bought our Caliber new in '97 and owned her for 10 years. During that time, we cruised on her full time for 2 years and sailed to Europe and back and down the entire eastern Caribbean. I can report we had no major complaints and she proved comfortable and comforting in mid-ocean conditions and never gave us cause for alarm.

I'm surprised to read the comment about lack of support from Caliber, because the builder and his wife (George and Kathy McCreary) were always responsive and supportive to our questions and requests.

I would certainly recommend the boat to anyone planning a blue water voyage.
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sweptawaysailing
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Registered: August 2010
Review Date: Mon August 30, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Performance in both light and heavy weather, construction, looks
Cons:

My Caliber LRC SweptAway is an excellent cruising boat and fun daysailer in all respects. The cockpit is safe and seaworthy yet comfortable for a larger group on casual sails and entertaining.
Those who have commented that they don't think their Caliber 40 is a good light air sailer need to look at their rig or their technique. With a full batten main and 135 genoa, my boat performs exceedingly well in the light air of Santa Monica Bay and now in Puget Sound. If the wind is over 3.5 knots ahead of the beam and the seas are light, we pull the sails out and make way. Yes, if the wind is light and behind the beam, you need more force to push you. That's when we pull out the asym. It's not a racer, but mine it is a very good performer in light air. It has never disappointed me.
When in the Channel Islands and the winds blowing 35-40 knots, we'd have the 2nd reef in and she will ride 6 to 8 foot waves in relative comfort. I have never had to fly the staysail or put in the third reef for weather reasons, but would welcome the opportunity.
George McCreary, the builder, has always helped me in every way possible both in originally building my boat and in customer service throughout the last 7 years that I have owned her. It is hard for me to believe that he hasn't or wouldn't extend that same courtesy to any of his customers on any reasonable request.
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