Originally Posted by TAK
The Caliber 38 is very much the same as the 40 except it does not have a sugar scoop so you may find something that fits your budget..
Thanks for the tip-- I have been researching the Calibers. I have the Practical Sailor review of the 40 LRC, but I haven't got to read it yet. I did read a Cruising World review of one of the new larger models, and they seemed pretty impressed with the tankage system. Sounds like the design is almost like a double-bottom to the boat, and reduces the number of thru-hulls.
You're right that costs are high, though. A 38 would be closer to our budget.