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Thanks to everyone posting their opinions. A special thanks to you Matt!
CD said, "I told you so...!" But I am just the type to get several opinions before deciding which boat is better.

Oh and SD.... Sorry for the mistake on initials, (how embarrassing)! My son and I love to throw darts at each other on occasion and I had a senior moment when I threw mine. You know that happens more lately than I would like......

Once again, thanks to all and if any more opinions are out there don't hesitate to send them.....
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Okay, I'll chime in, just because I have something inconsequential to say, and I have nothing better to do. When I went to the boat show in April, Caliber stood out. Amidst all the fan fare, banners, guys in ties, snooty Beneteau dealers sitting around pretending not to notice you, and lots of pretty knick knacks down below, there was one Caliber LRC. It was waaaaay at the end, all by its lonesome, down low in the water hiding behind the huge freeboard Hunters, with one little sign. As I walked up, and before I could even see what it was, I said, "finally, a sailboat to look at". When I went below, the guy showing the boat was actually one of the guys from the company, not a dealer. And he was sitting at the salon table with a bunch of diagrams out, showing a guy how the boat was built. That was the only time during the two days that I went that I saw that. I was impressed by the boat. It did seem a little tight to me, but you have to take into consideration all the other boats I had just looked at. After that, I went back to the Catalinas, where the party was, and hung out in the cockpit with everyone else I knew.
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Was that you at the Catalina, BF??? THe guy with the milk mustache?? You did not party like I expected.

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I too went to a boat show, and there I fell in lust with the Island Packett. I thought the navagation station on the calber 40 being right next to the stove in the galley was poorly thought out.
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I was actually foaming at the mouth, thinking about living aboard the 440!

Freesail, I agree about the nav station. I also felt the galley too small, but I like to cook a lot, so that is very important to me. I just can't get past the color of the IP, I really like the boat, but it reminds me of an '70s fridge.
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The 440 is nicer then any condo I've ever been in. My 30 ft boat has a larger galley then the caliber, I agree way to small.
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There is an IP for sale in Houston area, they are replacing all the tanks. The pictures show it to be real well kept, inside and out. But pictures tend to be able to do that.

Maby I can get CD to go with me to look at it. Sure would like to see a Caliber as well....
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What ya'll need to know is the Caliber fourty for all practical purposes is a thirty eight foot boat with an over hang tacked on the stern. to compare it to a purpose built fourty is going to scew your point. I tend to compare boats by stated over all length (take with a grain of salt) and water line length.
I wish the marketing gods would come up with a no bs way of measuring a boat. Maybe length on deck would be a good starting point.
Once again THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE PERFECT BOAT. They are all flawed in some way or another. Just depends on where the flaws are and wether or not they are acceptable to you. for instance I like close spaces on a boat because when I do fall it wont be far. and a shower big enough for two is a wonderful thing.
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Island Packet at Anchor

Hey fellows,

The island Packet is way more livable than the Caliber. The layout is well thought out and a 6 foot 2 inch person can be comfortable in a IP35.

At Anchor it rules!

Quality is seen throughout the construction and fixtures are not the cheapest they could find.

Sea kindly cruising, and comfort is what IP is all about.


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Hi Gentle Breeze,
I Used to work for Island packet as a cabinet maker, having worked in the plant I can say that these are nice boats but over-rated. I have also done
some hurricane damage repair on these boats and though sufficient, it could've been better for the money a little thin on the laminates stuffing box access problems, and interior grade plywood is used extensively.

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