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Caliber 28
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Description: Caliber 28
Keywords: Caliber 28
 


Author
morehouset
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Registered: March 2000
Location: Hampton VA
Review Date: Thu March 25, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I own and sail a Caliber 28 (hull #44- Miss Adventure) out of Yorktown, VA (York River/Chesapeake Bay). I have a dual cabin (Aft Head; no quarter berths.) I've owned this boat since 93, and it's been a great boat.

It won't sail to wind as well as some, but it is quite forgiving. I ave enjoyed it immensely. Added a bimini and dodger last year('03), and increased water tankage (26 gal bladder tank under the port settee)

The construction is good, and as there is no fiberglass pan, all the furniture and bulkheads are tabbed in, making for easy modifications, if one is so inclined. The aft head model was one of the main attractions for me. I have a Yanmar 2GM20F with fresh water cooling...it had a raw water cooling as it was commissioned in the great lakes.

they had two models, the tri cabin (with a quarter berth) and a dual cabin with a aft head. I think there were a total of 48 boats built. The earlier ones had fixed ports, while that later have 8 opening ports (4 on each side....great for the summer!)

diesel tank holds 22 gals....at about 1/3 gal per hour will get you quite a ways.....

I continue to update/upgrade.I've used Petit ACP 50 for the past 6 years...I'm on my second application- the first lasted 4 years....haul in the winter, pressure wash, launch in the spring...it's as good as new... a bit expensive, but the labor saved is well worth it. I used blue as the base coat, then black over it ...two coats each, and they each coat lasts about a season and a half.

I also use two zincs on the shaft one on each side of the strut.

engine is superb....have replaced the Dahl filter with a RACOR turbine...overkill, but wanted overkill. my engine currently has 720 hours. I'm getting between 1/4 and 1/2 gallon per hour
both the upper and lower shrouds are on the same chainplate, but it is very substantial, through bolted on deck and the bulkhead with heavy stainless L brackets. The beam makes it very comfortable for a couple (or family of 4 or less with small children)for short cruises.
Ive had to do virtually nothing to the boat. I've replaced batteries, added some "stuff", and repaired the sails over the years. The baby stay wears on the Genoa. I've replaced the sheet stoppers and the vent over the galley and the bilge pump. But overall, I've really not had to do anything major. no blisters. I've had to boat out in some very bad weather without any fears at all.
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foxplus
Junior Member

Registered: July 2003
Review Date: Thu June 16, 2005 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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I purchased this boat mid summer 2003,this was done after much research and I am extremely happy with my purchase. It has an eleven foot beam and is built with strength and quality as its main attributes. The Caliber 28 comes with a Yanmar diesel engine and nothing but the best in parts.
The rigging and interior are both strong and visibly appealling. At 7200 lbs with 3100 lbs in ballast it is not a light weight sailboat but the extra weight allowed Caliber to increase the sail area. At present I would recommend this boat to anyone and will keep this updated with my thoughts and any issues I find.

June 2005, I have recently taken the boat on a 700 mile cruise to the North Channel between Georgian Bay and Lake Superior. Although we did run into some rough conditions the boat handled them with ease and exceeded my expectations again. Highly recomended.
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coreywoodworking
with Robin Lee dreams

Registered: February 2007
Posts: 42
Review Date: Sun August 12, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Can sail solo, good space below, very well built
Cons: Only 6' headroom. Can't think of much else.

At the moment, I own TWO Caliber 28s.

Bought one cheap three years ago; it had gone down in a hurricane some years before that and sat covered in a storage yard. As a furnituremaker, I was attracted to the stout construction and ease of modification. I also like the aft head and shower, long bunks and full U-shaped galley. But with family time, never got much work done on it. I knew a guy with a really nice Caliber 28 with cosmetic wood damage, who just bought a Caliber 33. Made a win-win offer. Now I have two!

(Wanna buy a Caliber 28 shell for less than a thousand?)

One of two major changes I plan is moving the pedestal forward 8-12", so I can easily reach the winches and sail solo. I also plan to reduce one of the bunks to table seating only, and use the space for a full nav station and a bureau/hanging closet. Though mine didn't have a bow platform as most Calibers do, I'm adding one for anchor storage, before I sail north. The anchor locker fits a large Danforth and rode, but not a Bruce or CQR. And, sometime in the future, I'll add more opening portlights and Dorades.

The boat is small enough that I can sail by myself and large enough that I'm thinking about living aboard -- this coming Boston winter -- and its 11' beam makes it a marina cheater. (As marinas charge by LOA, you get 30-35 footer interior space at a reduced 28-footer price!) Check out Yachtworld -- some C28 listing will show the layout.

I'd previously refit two smaller Bristols and a LeComte, and I think this will be my last boat. It has almost everything I want. And, I too have southern sailing dreams. Its heavily-ballasted 4-foot draft could be an advantage in the Bahamas. The challenge is finding space for a small dive compressor and a bench vise!

Best of all, and unusual in the boat trade, the factory has been especially helpful, as have many other Caliber owners.

A fringe benefit is that I replicate Caliber 28 and 33 woodwork, and offer upgrades like cambered steps and dropboard screens. Use marinewoodwork at gmail.com.
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RPMRPM
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Registered: June 2011
Posts: 2
Review Date: Wed June 8, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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What are the + and - of the Caliber 28?

Are replacement parts difficult to come by for 1986 Caliber 28?
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