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Re: Caliber 40 LRC and Sabre 402
I know this is an older thread but I am responding to help with future searches. I can tell you that the light wind performance of the Caliber 40LRC is comparable to a mid 80s Ericson 34 or 35. The pointing ability is nearly comparable to a Sabre 402 with a wing keel although the sabre will be a little faster at the same angle.
The interior comfort we believe is much better in the Caliber because of the Pullman berth. The Sabre has a conventional layout where you have to climb out of bed across your pillow assuming your pillow has not already hit the sole. Although it can be argued that having to crawl over a body in the Pullman berth is also bad. We have no problem with it after nearly 3 years living aboard.
For off shore work, the Caliber will have better motion comfort as it has a better entry while the Sabre has a wide rear end that can cause some issues off the wind. The Caliber was designed for off shore work. The Sabre not so much. The Caliber has a skeg hung rudder, reinforced bow section and leading edge of the keel. The Caliber also has collision bulkheads that make it a safer passage-maker. The bow under the anchor locker is the holding tank which can sustain a hole without flooding the boat. All water and fuel tankage is built into the hull and is redundant. You can hole any of the areas below the tops of the tanks and not flood the boat and also not affect the sailability or performance of the boat. The fuel capacity is 210 gallons. That is a 1,400nm range. Water capacity is 175 and because of the built in tanks there is lots of room for a watermaker.
A perceived vulnerability of the Caliber is the encapsulated keel. Fears of damaging the outer skin and water intrusion have been addressed by doubling the thickness of the outer skin and also creating a collision zone in the forward area of the keel that does not easily perforate the area where the ballast is located. IOW, the ballast does not start until about a foot back from the leading edge of the keel.
There is also a rudder dam that rises above the WL that prevents flooding should your rudder packing gland fail.
A safety feature that we and our dog love is the conventional step/rise 90° companionway steps. You enter the cabin facing forward.
One last point in favor of the Caliber being a better off-shore boat would be the cutter rig. We love being able to reef the genny and put out the stay-sail from the cockpit. All lines are led to the cockpit standard from the factory. Redundant heads is also nice if you should have a potty failure. Ours has an electric Jabsco head that has performed perfectly for nearly 3 years. Our second head is a low maintenance, low failure Lavac.
Living aboard in Portland, Maine
1997 Caliber 40LRC
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Last edited by Tim R.; 03-14-2013 at 02:38 PM.