The Caliber 35 carries its beam well aft, providing a spacious interior. The U-shaped galley is on the portside of the bright saloon.
Peter and Ann Dawson had recently taken delivery of hull number 77 and
were in a whirlwind of activity preparing the boat for our midmorning
outing. "I donít want to sound like an advertisement for George," Ann
explained while stashing gear down below, "but this boat sure has a lot
of storage." I helped Peter hank on the 110 percent starcut genoa and
remembered that itsí still possible to sail without a foil or roller
drop-in storage bin, there is plenty of
storage but not much free counter space left, but the trade-off is
probably a good one. Across from the galley is the navigation station,
utilizing the foot of the quarterberth for a seat. The large
quarterberth has folding doors that close it off into a private cabin.
At first, this arrangement struck me as a bit awkward, but the more I
thought about it, the option of having two private staterooms in 35 feet
seemed pretty clever. The interior is generously finished in teak and
the joinery work is excellent.
A three-cylinder 27 hp Yanmar diesel provides plenty of power and excellent economy. Iím sure a larger engine could have been squeezed onto the space beneath the companionway, but the Yanmar is more than adequate, and there is plenty of space for easy maintenance and repair work.
There was just enough of a northeast breeze on Tampa Bay to get a good feel for this handsome sloop.