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Caliber LRC 40

We are considering buying a new Caliber LRC 40, we would appreciate any user information. I would like to communicate with anyone that has personal experience with the Caliber LRC 40 sailboat.

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greg...have you tried the caliber mail list under resources in the top menu?
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Thanks for the help. I'm still trying to decide if we want to change from what we currently own. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to speak to other owners

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Greg, we have a new Caliber 40 LRC. We started sailing her June last year. What can I help you with?
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We are planning on moving our boat to the Caribbean area. At this time our plan is to spend the summers here and the winters sailing, but like many things that could change. I really don’t know if we will want to do any long blue water passages, but if we did, it would mean a different boat as our Catalina is a great coastal cruiser. We are trying to determine if we should sell our current boat (2004 Catalina 387) and purchase a new Caliber LRC 40. At present we truly enjoy cruising in our 387. It is the right size for us, we enjoy sailing it and we live in it well, but it does have limited storage space.

I have been most impressed with the Caliber LRC 40 but I feel it necessary to speak to owners and get their input. What are the sailing characteristics of your boat in a variety of conditions? Is the boat as well constructed as the manufacturer states. It is a comfortable boat to live on? Can you easily single-hand the boat? What if anything, would you change about your boat? Do you have any suggestions on must have equipment that we should order the boat with? Is there enough working room to do maintenance and add new equipment yourself? I appreciate any and all information that you are willing to share.

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I too have been looking at the Caliber 40LRC. It is #1 on my list when I switch boats from my current Hunter 33. I have talked to and have been on a few Caliber's and love the boat. Caliber's website says it all about the boat and all the owners agree with the advertisements. The downside to the boat are, light wind performance ( can be overcome with code zero or other large drifter sails), weather-helm when loading up the the stern with all the toys( arch, solar panels, dingy hoist, etc), support from Caliber ( hot or cold from the brothers), Staysail tracks and line sheets not right for optimum performance, and some quality control problems when buying a new boat that are resolved but annoying. The other is the nav station being cramped for tall persons and too close to the stove. Items get spilled on to the nav station when cooking. Like all boats there is compromises and this one is no exception.
Every owner I have talked says the boat is solid on the open seas. It was what it is built for. I haven't found a boat out there yet that matches the storage space foot for foot that the Caliber has. For liveaboard I love this. The fuel and water tanks are great. They are down below the waterline and near the center of gravity which adds to more stability and a safer boat. My question to the brothers were why so much weight in the keel with this configuration. When the tanks are full there is over 2600 lbs. Their reply was weak in my opinion, " Just adds more stability"! It is a very heavy boat and just my opinion can be lighten up.
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I am closing on a lightly used 1994 Caliber 40.. next friday.
I have been looking at boats for a long time and this one, when it came into my focus just seemed to fit the bill.
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Any Follow up?

Any follow up comments from those that recently bought Caliber 40s?

Anyone else with more sage comments?

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Magnus, If you or Greg are still interested, I can give you my perspective on owning a used 40 LRC. I don't have much experience with other boats to compare it with, but I love this boat!

I've own it for 3 plus years. Its a 1995 vintage. It was set up by experienced sailors planning a world cruise back in the mid 1990s. They covered the Pacific from Alaska down to Mexico and across to NZ and Oz before medical issues caused them to sell the boat. It came to me with a hard dodger and plastic enclosures, all lines pulled aft into the cockpit. Both the genoa and staysail are on furlers. It came with 224 watts of solar and a charge controller, a Link 2000R and the Heart inverter/charger. 540 amps of house gels. A 40 gallon hot water tank which is heated on shore power as well as by the Yanmar. A windless, with a Delta on 250 foot of chain, a 44 Bruce and a Fortress FX37 as backup anchors. An excellent hydraulic/electronic autopilot plus some Micom SSB and various VHF radios and a Spectra 8 gal/hour watermaker. The Yanmar has a high amperage charging Balmar alternator. The engine also was set up with an electric air bleed device which makes getting air out of the gas lines a snap.

In NZ they had a refit done that included a major upgrade to internal cabinetry. Other Caliber owners always "oh and ah" over this customized feature which put storage doors on all the shelves in the salon area and replaced that ridiculous desk in the forward berth with a nice set of two drawers and a third storage door at foot level, as well as more storage drawers in the forward berth. It also has a remarkable adjustable Davits arch made of 3 inch stainless that is an eyecatcher as well. The tankage is remarkable. I left Maimi with a full load of diesel and one jerry jug on deck. I never bothered with buying fuel again until I reached the east coast of Puerto Rico (1100 upwind miles and several months later). During the course of that trip, cruising buddies were constantly jerry jugging and filtering diesel at various stops along the way. I missed out on that camraderie development. I do most of the sailing activities like a single hander because the admiral onboard tells me that this is my dream not hers, and since she out ranks me ...

I agree that the nav station is quite inconvienent. I happen to do most of my navigating in the cockpit. I have set up a split input for a color Garmin, one hookup in front of the wheel. and one at the nav station. When clear surface space is needed, we fold out the salon table to its full width, and I can spread charts out on that nicely.

Pointing into the wind is tough. This is not a race boat but it tacks nicely.
I do low speed turns, by first furling the genny then coming about. I have found this to be the easiest way to change tack. While heading upwind this past year. I have relied heavily on the Yanmar for must of the upwind migration. It seems to run fine. Keeping the maxprop clean of growth has also helped.

Things I have added in the past year or two include a portable genset, a wind generator, the Garmin and a backup, both bought on Ebay, a replacement of all the batteries both house and starters, and a spinnaker for some future down wind sailing I hope to do. Also a replacement of the Raytheon radar which turned out to be false alarm, The original worked fine after I removed it and hooked it up on a bench so I now have a spare oh well. I also bought a forth anchor, a Danforth to be used for storm settings. I experienced several hurricanes while based in a slip in South Florida now the boat is ready to set out 4 good anchors in the nearest mangrove.

The only thing I am considering adding now is a bowthruster. This topic seems to generate lots of passionate views in others, I happen to think it would be a nice to have tool when approaching unfamiliar docks as I continue in my migration.
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Suitable for Chesapeake Bay?

I've also been looking at used Caliber 40's and have been impressed with what I've read and seen. In a few years our intention is coastal crusing, perhaps the islands etc. In the interim we'll spend most of the time on the Upper Cheaspeake. My concern is performance during those many summer light wind days characteristic of the Chesapeake. I will check the Caliber owners mail list but would appreciate the experience of others particularly under light wind conditions.
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