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Caliber 33 vs Caliber 35 as a live aboard?

Looking at a couple of boats to use as a live aboard in the Florida Keys capable of cruising the Caribbean and East Coast and possible beyond... Found two I like...Wondering if the Caliber 35 with the sugar scoop swim platform is worth the extra 20k compared to the Caliber 33?

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Our previous boat(Ericson 35-3) did not have the swim step but our Caliber 40lrc does and we love it. Much easier to get the dog in/out of the dinghy. Also nicer to get people in/out of the dinghy.

We use the transom shower so much when cruising that I just install a mixing valve to bring hot water to the transom.

The 35 should also be a newer boat.

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Thanks Treilley...It is a couple of years newer...I think most everything is comparable on the 33 but the sugar scoop...The platform would be nice for showers most definitely... But, 20k is a years cruising budget...


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You can always add an extension later. Would cost much less than $20k.

But don't assume that the 33 is in as nice condition. That 35 might be $20k better condition than the 33. Or vice versa. I would not make a decision until you and the admiral have a chance to check them both out.

And if we are talking YW prices, don't expect to pay asking price. The owner of the 35 may be more desperate to sell.
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I have a 33 and just got back in May from an 8 month cruise to the Caribbean. It is a great boat for a couple. I have also been on quite a few 35's and they are pretty nearly identical boats apart from the swim step in back. The 35's do have a bit better quality fittings, (ports, countertops, etc.) but not so much it would make or break a decision. They also moved the forestay forward about a foot which helps a little bit with weather helm. Some of the 35's I have seen have dorades, which I am now in the process of installing on my boat since it is nice to have the extra ventilation. Other than that there is no difference at all apart from the 35's being newer and having the swimstep. Oh, and I did install hot and cold hand shower in the cockpit - quite easy to do so dont worry about it as a real point of choice between the two boats.

I could easily have bought a 35 instead and almost did but found a fresh water 33 in really good condition. If I were you I would concentrate on overall condition of your prospective boats rather than particular features - There isnt anything on a 35 you couldnt retrofit to a 33 for a reasonable amount of money.
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Sck5...Thanks...appreciate the feed back from an owner....


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