D/L of 256; a Sabre 38, 224; a J/40, 176.
But a modern underbelly with cut-away sections fore and aft of the keel
presents minimal wetted surface, and high-lift, low-drag keel-foil
sections improve performance. The relatively high D/L suggests to us
that this boat will move easily with a kindly motion in a seaway while
carrying a long-term voyaging payload. Scores of 8 were given to roll
factor and sea motion. Survey respondents gave scores of 8 for "sea
motion" and "dry decks." With dodgers installed, scores for cockpit
protection averaged 8.5
The Sail Area/Displacement Ratio (SA/D) of 15.3 is low by todayís standards (the Sabre 38 has an SA/D of 17.9; the J/40, 20.2), but the venerable Valiant 40 has a similar SA/D of 15.5, and the V-40 is a classic and effective passagemaker in a wide range of conditions. Most respondents gave high scores for light-air performance-surprisingly (with such low SA/D), mostly 8s and 9s, with one 10--with positive comments about the designís maneuverability and drive in zephyrs. One skipper scored light-air performance at 4, but he admitted that he was just getting to know the boat.
The 40LRCís Ballast/Displacement Ratio is high at 44% (the Valiant 40ís is 34%), with ballast positioned low in the keel, and when teamed with an average beam/length ratio of 30% (the V-40ís also is 30%) should make for a stiff boat with excellent initial and ultimate stability. Performance in strong winds and storm handling was laced with 8s and 9s, with a 6 and 7 from the owner still learning his boat. The Convertible Cutter Rig on a retractable inner forestay provides a heavy-air rig for roller-furling staysail and reefed main.
Owners deemed performance in moderate wind
conditions excellent, giving that category
scores between 9 and 10. Upwind and downwind performance averaged 8,
with tracking ability gaining an 8.5 due to the long fin and skeg.
Tacking angles ranged from 85 degrees to 100 degrees, averaging about 95
degrees. Noon-to-noons in the trades will be between 130 and 150 miles;
in the variables, about 120 to 140 miles. Under power, generally with
feathering three-bladed props, the boats handled extremely well, with
scores averaging 9 for forward, reverse and while docking. The rudder/skeg
positioned well aft and the modified fin assist in this department.
Dinghy storage rated a 7.5. Sea berths averaged 8s. There are three--the settee in the salon to starboard; the dinette settee, which converts to a double in port; and the aft cabin double-berth, with judicious use of a lee cloth or cushions and pillows.
The bowsprit is a neat attribute on a voyaging boat, for not only does it allow the headstay to be moved far forward, it also provides the perfect anchor platform far from the pristine topsides and a great spot to observe dolphins in the bow wave, and it will be invaluable in gaining access to a wharf or quay when moored Medstyle.
"Very comfortable accommodation; separate stall shower an asset," is a typical comment from survey respondents. We view this Caliber 40LRC as a "coupleís boat," or at least an LRC for a small family. the forward stateroom, to port just forward of the dinette, is in essence a spacious in-port double for the owners. Itís too far forward of amidships to be comfortable in a seaway. No problem; There are sufficient sea berths to accommodate a couple or small family while on passage. Berth size and comfort rated 9s.