In line with the Caliber emphasis on security on deck, the new SE series
boats have bolstered stern rails and bow pulpits and extra tall
lifelines. Should you lose your balance you have something to grab on to
that will hold your weight. The stern rails, which extend well forward,
are set up to carry the brackets for and weight of solar panels.
A Sensible Rig
The 47 sports a tall double-spreader rig that flies a relatively small mainsail, a 120-percent genoa and a staysail. On a boat of this size it makes sense to have a roller furling main, either in-mast or in-boom so that the helm can be balanced easily and quickly and sail area can be reduced without leaving the cockpit. The 47 comes standard with an in-mast system, a rigid and end-boom sheeting. While an in-boom mainsail can be reefed to the point that it can double as a storm trysail, it makes sense in really heavy weather to take the boom and the roller furling apparatus out of the equation by rigging a separate track and trysail.
Forward, the genoa flies on a masthead furling unit. The headstay attaches to the bowsprit, which is in turn supported by a fairly oblique bobstay. The sail plan spreads the sail area out fore and aft instead of vertically, which is traditionally the mark of a good sea boat.
The staysail flies on an inner stay. It can be demountable, in which case the staysail will not be roller furling. Or the staysail can be set up permanently with a fixed turnbuckle and a roller furling unit. For offshore sailing and long-range cruising, the second option makes the most sense since it permits you to add and reduce sail in the widest combination from the security of the cockpit.
The addition of an asymmetrical cruising chute
or even a code zero reaching sail will
be especially appropriate for the 47 since the bowsprit acts as a
great point well forward to which it can be tacked. And since most
cruisers avoid sailing upwind, downwind sails should get a lot of
use, especially if an ATN snuffer is used to control the big sails.
The interior of the 47 LRC has always been spacious and comfortable for a couple living aboard. The design features two large double cabins, each with its own head and shower, a great seagoing galley, well laid out chart table and a comfortable saloon with a dinette to port
|Looking aft from the saloon, note the hand rails on the companionway ladder, the spacious galley and the large nav station. The master cabin way aft can be accessed either via the galley or the head.|
that will seat up to six. In the SE
series, Caliber has incorporated a number of improvements and
refinements based on comments from current owners who are out
cruising the world.
Among the refinements you will see on this year's