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Caliber 33
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Description: Caliber 33
Keywords: Caliber 33
 


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Review Date: Wed March 5, 1997 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We selected this boat for strong construction (blue water capability),lots of opening ports, good storage volume and shoal draft.Like having all lines lead to cockpit. Anchor locker has fantastic volume. Good engine access as compared with othe boats. Find that the sildes on the Hood full batten main bind in track which requires extra effort in raising and lowering. Also find that boat has heavy helm in wind speeds above 15 knots which
requires early reefing. If sailing with full sail and a gust 18-20+ hits, boat will head up with stalled rudder. Attention to conditions minimizes problem.

Overall well satisfied with the boat and would give this boat an 8+ out 10.


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placey
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Thu August 6, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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This has been a great boat. We have had no problems at all with the Caliber. Also you couldn't ask for a better company to deal with.


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placey
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Registered: July 2000
Review Date: Wed August 12, 1998 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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LOA 32'6 LWL 29'6' Beam 11'4" Headroom 6'3"
Dis. 11,400 Ballast 5,500 70Gal Water 26 Fuel
V Berth 7' 6'6" wide Engine Yanmar 28HP Diesel
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Registered: January 2000
Location: maryland
Posts: 1888
Review Date: Tue April 20, 1999 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I looked for 2 years before purchasing the Caliber 33.I liked the layout, moderate disp.,and all the extra's included in the price. (A good value) Nice cockpit , the Nav station and the keel design were good. The boat has handled well in most conditions,even in 10 feet waves in the Gulf. I have upgraded some of the plumbing and would enjoy a bigger water tank. Always helpful service from the Caliber team.
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jlmarra
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Registered: October 2001
Posts: 13
Review Date: Thu October 7, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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We purchased our Caliber 33 in August 2004. Boat is well built, blue water boat. Feels very seaworthy. Sails better than I thought, we have reached and exceeded her rated hullspeed. Not very good in light air. In say 6knts she's a slow boat to China. Give her 10knts and she goes like a bat out you know where. Have experienced weather helm at 15knts as other owners have mentioned. We've sailed in 15-17knts with gusts up to 21 with 135 Geneoa and full Main and kept her on her feet. In the short time we've had her she seems to sail well at most angles of sail. The closest to the wind we've been able to get her is 30-35 degrees, but I probably could have trimmed a little better. 27hp Yanmar has good power. Backing can be an adventure but I think I'm adjusting to it. We purchased in Baltimore and sailed her home to Long Island Sound, great trip.

All lines lead to cockpit including reefing lines. Nice no-skid deck. Lots of interior room. Just the right amount of teak. Fit & finish are very good.

First heard about Caliber in an advertisement, did more research and liked what I read. I'm Glad we opted for the Caliber as opposed to a full keel boat. Ours is sloop rigged which for our needs is great, makes tacking easier. We are always getting compliments about her.
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fiasco
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Registered: March 2002
Location: Annapolis
Posts: 4
Review Date: Sat March 18, 2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Tab construction, roomy, same dimensions as the Caliber 35, but costs less. I have hull # 3 1986.She has given great joy and I feel safe in all types of weather.
Cons: Weather helm in 15 - 20 knts of wind (reefing takes care of that). Light performance (under 8 knots) suffers, but thats why you've an engine.

My Caliber 33 is hull #3 (1986). There were 65 33's built from 1986 to 1991 (?), then Caliber went to the 35 model and on to the LRC version. It's hard to find any faults with her. Well designed and access for maintenance is very good. The 35 model and 33 are identical in every respect; however the 33 comes in about $50k less.

Performance wise you should reef earlier in stronger winds, otherwise the helm suffers and the boat tends to heel. Light air performance is somewhat placid especially in winds less than 8 knots. With reefed main and a short jib (in heavier air), the boat handles most weather and seas very comfortably and with a pretty good turn of speed.

Sailing her is easy as all lines run aft. Deck hardware is sized correctly and properly placed. Standing rigging is robust as is the running rigging. Most 33 sail plans were masthead sloop rigs. I know of none that had the convertible cutter setup (that was a selling feature for the 35 and 40). The 33 profile is clean simple lines that still look modern today (even after 20 years).

Ventilation is outstanding. 11 opening ports, plus 5 opening hatches. With this many ports and hatches, there is plenty of light coming in. Below decks there is ample stowage, and living space. The galley can be kinda tight, but that's about the worst of it.

In short, after spending better than five years looking at various manufactuers (PS, IP, Valiant, etc.) I decided the 33 was the boat for me. She has all features I was looking for and I haven't been disappointed.
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hartleyse
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Registered: May 2001
Posts: 1
Review Date: Wed March 31, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Looks, construction, comfort and safety
Cons: Slow in light airs, pounds a little in choppy waters.

This 33-footer is our third crusing boat and we are absolutely in love with her. We are retired and cruise the outer bank area and Chesapeake. The boat seems perfect for this purpose. It is not an off-shore boat or a racer. A unique aspect is that it can be acquired in the 50,000 to 60,000 range although it is little changed from the 35-footer which costs in the low 6 figures. Caliber has stuck with the original interior design, hull and deck as in the 35 except for a two foot extension of the transom to accomodate a sugar-scoop. (Now called a long-range cruiser, the 35 does have greater water and fuel capacity). The 33, however, is not exactally lacking lacking in these features, having 60gal water and 26gal fuel. The overall construction is so sound that these boats will be around a very long time. Interior is very comfortable with great attention to detail and the 8 stainless steel opening ports make you feel that you have a real quality product. Further strong points are: more than adequate storage,
roomy cockpit, spacious v-berth and beautiful all teak interior woodwork.
My wife and I feel very safe in this boat.
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