Aboard A Caliber Yacht
cruising life seems to draw people like an irresistible force.
Living aboard your own boat while sailing to romantic destinations
can be a truly enviable lifestyle provided you choose wisely
when buying a new or used boat. And a Caliber Long Range Cruiser
(LRC) from Beaufort Yacht Sales is an excellent choice. The Caliber
LRCs are built with living aboard in complete comfort and safety
firmly in mind.
youre going to live aboard, the best approach to selecting
a boat is to buy the boat you want to sail and then make it habitable
according to your specific needs. To buy a boat that is very livable
but sails like a wash tub will cause you great regret. If you
arent happy with your boats performance at sea your
cruising lifestyle may be short lived. Fortunately, a Caliber
40LRC will give you both comfort and great sailing.
1981, brothers George and Michael McCreary built the first Caliber,
a 28 footer, in a backyard garage. Within four years they had
established their own plant in Clearwater, Florida where the Caliber
33 and 38 series were produced in the late 80s. The Caliber 35
and 40 came along in the early 90s and the McCreary brothers then
launched their Long Range Cruiser series and added the 'queen
of the fleet', the 47' Caliber LRC. By incorporating specific
details into the LRC designs Michael McCreary, a naval architect,
ensured that the Caliber 40LRC would stand up to the test of time.
The attention paid to even the smallest details during construction
offers peace of mind to the prospective boat buyer.
structural integrity, Caliber created Reinforced Impact
Zones both on the modified fin keels forward edge
and in the waterline area at the bow of the boat by applying thick
hull laminates that have a higher impact strength. Holing is less
likely to occur in these areas where extra layers of solid fiberglass
were applied. Holing has become a legitimate concern with todays
boaters increasingly reporting collisions with floating and partially
submerged objects while under way.
a fully encapsulated keel, a Caliber owner will not worry about
leaks from keel bolts or a keel to hull join. By totally sealing
the ballast under the hull laminate a waterproof barrier blocks
incoming water in the event that the keel is holed. In addition,
Caliber yachts feature integral tanks located in the bottom of
the hull where water is completely contained should the hull receive
a serious blow in the bottom of the hull.
Quad-Seal Deck to Hull system is a four step deck-hull
join. It is a thru-bolted join with co-polymer tape inside the
flange perimeter. Application of 3M 5200 between the rub rail
and deck-hull seam, and inside the deck-hull flange as well as
under the toe rail adds to the integrity of the deck-hull join
and you, the owner, will appreciate a dry boat belowdecks.
horizontal and vertical surfaces in Caliber sailboats Multi-Bulkhead
Bonding System are completely hand laminated to the hull
with strong fiberglass tape. This practice eliminates the need
for non-structural liners, a feature much appreciated by knowledgeable
while all of the above exacting standards make a Caliber boat
extremely seaworthy, is this a smooth sailing boat or the sluggish
wash tub we mentioned earlier? The Caliber 40LRC displaces
21,600 pounds making this boat a moderately heavy cruiser. The
relatively high displacement to length ratio ensures that the
boat will move easily in a seaway when loaded for cruising. The
forty foot Caliber long range cruiser has a sail area of just
under 740 square feet but has been well rated and is considered
an effective passage maker under a wide range of sea conditions.
what about habitability? The Caliber offers comfortable accommodations
with a spacious owners cabin forward featuring a generous
offset berth. The head has a separate shower stall and the generous
portside galley has plenty of storage. The hand selected teak
in the warm inviting interior is welcoming and comfortable feeling.
With a beam of twelve feet, eight inches the interior easily houses
a cruising couple or small family.
are amazed with the abundance of cruising storage throughout the
interior of the boat with over 16 storage hatches, 3 hanging lockers,
12 cabinets and multiple shelves more than is usually seen
on boat of much larger size!
the Caliber 40LRC is a serious offshore cruising boat built to
exacting standards that offers the knowledgeable sailor the best
of both worlds it sails well and makes a most comfortable
home on the water.