Looking for info on Caliber 40lrc
My wife and I are looking for a live aboard boat in the 40-50ft. range that can take us off shore in the coming years. We have looked at larger CC boats but have not been impressed with the ones in our budget. We are now considering smaller, newer boats that may require a little less work although I plan to personally go through every system to ensure proper installation and service.
We are planning on spending $200k with an additional $50k for repairs and upgrades.
I have perused the archives and read the responses to past inquiries on Calibers.
I am looking for current info on this boat including pros, cons, etc.
Please only respond if you have direct experience owning or sailing on one of these boats.
Do a search for SV Hello World, they have been cruising for a while on a 40.
i own one, i've had it for a couple years. a 1999. she sails well, except too tight to the wind. comfortable, strong, seaworthy. gets lots of admiring comments. love her dearly, but there are things i wish were different. doesn't seem like long term maintainability was really worked out for some systems. engine service access not as good as it should be. i've got in-mast roller furling main, i wish i had full-length battens.
well yeah, a veces . . .
I just purchased a 2001 40 LRC. So far...I love it. Seaworthy, seakindly, solid come to mind. I've owned a Beneteau 36cc and a Catalina 30 prior. This is by far the best boat I've owned. The previous owner modified the companionway steps to give better access to the engine. I have to investigate the number 2 fuel system when I get home. The engine runs about 3 minutes and then starts losing power. Switching back to the #1 system quickly restores power. I tried changing the fuel filter and that didn't fix it. Could be a tank vent...? Dirty fuel...? (It looks ok in the plexiglass bottom of the filter) I'll figure it out when I get home.
This particular one was fitted out extremely well as the owner improved on his idea of what a great cruising boat , in his mind , should be and this being his third attempt worked for me.All the functions of sail trim could be handled from the cockpit except for the third reef in the main.The main was a battened hank on system.The Jib and staysil were both roller furling.
The boat carried 212 gallons of fuel in two tanks that are built into the boat.There was a refresher pump system which was nicely thought out as you could pump fuel out of the #1 tank to run it though a double filter/double racor and return it to tank one or pump it into tank #2 or vice versa.There was a vacuum gauge in the cockpit letting you know how dirty the filter system was as well actually.We actually had a problem with the pick up , I am assuming this as all of a sudden the motor just quit , on Tank # 1 and to circumvent this happening again we transferred fuel to tank #2 as we switched the system to tank #2 and the motor started back up as if nothing had happened.
The boat was pretty quiet down below except for the aft heads doors entrance creaked and groaned a bit. I put my fingers up on either side of the doors wall and I indeed could feel it move a bit.The owner was going to talk to Caliber about this when he got back to shore.
The boat sailed pretty well for a modified full keel .Going to weather it could hold 40 degrees off the wind well , any closer it seemed to lose power.( I was told it could do 30 degrees or so ,but it just started stalling a bit ) The auto helm was driving the boat when we were going to weather ( actually used the auto pilot a bit ) set using the wind as it's reference and the unit did a great job.
Off the wind it did well as well as we had a fair amount of wind for a time aft of the beam blowing like stink 25-30+ knots of wind and had a triple in the main and about 80% of the jib and the boat just hunkered down and went really well.
All in all for a cruising vessel it did rather well.Plenty of water,plenty of fuel,sea kindly action( sails fairly flat when trimmed out properly except when we decided to go dead into the wind)
Air Born had 4 solar panels with a blue sky control unit and it did really well charging the batteries.Raytheon system ,Radar,AIS,speed ,depth,ETC...
Icom VHF, ICOM SS Band.
Carry a whisker pole as we had none and it would have been useful dead down wind.The traveler track for the jib could of been a little longer in both directions as I ended up using extra blocks attached to the rail so we could trim the jib better.Those are the only things that I would have changed on the boat except for the creak I mentioned earlier.
Caliber makes a nice boat or at least this one was nicely done.
I hope this helps a bit.
Re: Looking for info on Caliber 40lrc
We own a 2000 caliber 40 it's a great ocean
Going boat. She stands up to weather and is a work horse
We have in furl sails, two fuel tanks ( plenty of fuel to get to USVI -and home to us)
Storage is our 1 problem but we've gotton creative
Would not own anything else. We're full time live aboards.
The best next size up is the caliber 47 centercock pit but
It's a bit to handle. Our friends have one, it's very nice but with size
You repair issues are very different... Also hard to find the larger ones
Call sonny in nc who is the caliber dealer he can answer you questions and find you a boat
Caliber LRC 40s run &245k min cost used
New $300K up used 47 is $485 k and up
47 is no longer made.... Beauford yacht sales
Is the best place to shop. Be prepared to travel once you have
A caliber you never want anything else so you rarely find them for sale
Best of luck
St Thomas, USVI
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