Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Portland, Maine
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Re: Who''s living on what??
We moved aboard our 1997 Caliber 40LRC in October of 2010 in preparation for a long term cruise. We have a 10 year plan. The first five is to save money, learn the boat and make any repairs or modifications for our cruise. We will also accumulate spares during this time. Then we plan to cruise for 5 years.
We love the Caliber. One of our criteria is that she must sail well. We go out just about every weekend between May 1st and December 1st. She sails like a dream. Some criticize the Caliber for poor upwind and low wind performance. We disagree and feel those reports are due largely to in mast furling(came on many of the 40s) and improper sail trim. These contribute more to sailing performance than design or weight.
Her layout, we believe, is ideal for both live aboard and cruising off shore. She has a forward head and pullman style master cabin that is ideal for anchorage. She also has port and starboard berths for off-watch sleeping. The galley is at the companionway along with an aft head that is easy to duck into for wet foulies or to relieve oneself in rough seas. She doubles as a storage area when moored.
What I would change:
- Deeper anchor locker so chain falls better(Caliber modified this on later boats)
- Hard headliner for easier access to hardware mounts.
- Slight port list.
We live keep her at a slip within walking distance of work.
1997 Caliber 40LRC
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