the remaining laminates. The deck
and cabintop are both cored
with 3-inch squares of ¾-inch plywood for lightness and strength.
The midship cockpit is ample, with a large steering pedestal in its center. The steering wheel is in front of the pedestal’s instrument pod: its spokes are curved aft, bringing its outer rim outside the pedestal and making the engine and instrument controls easily accessible without having to reach around, or over, the wheel.
Belowdeck, the layout provides luxurious and comfortable accommodations for four people. The forward cabin has a head, a separate shower stall, and two spacious stowage lockers.
The main saloon, which is amidships, has a large fold-down table with an L-shaped settee to port, seating to starboard and a forward-facing nav station at the foot of the companionway to starboard. The master head (with shower) is immediately aft to starboard, just forward of the master stateroom.
The long L-shaped galley, with freezer and fridge, is in the portside walk-through to the the master stateroom.
The engine room, between the galley and owner’s head, is large and well laid out.
Water and fuel controls and filters are grouped together and have back-up systems in case of clogs or failures. A sea
chest handles all water intakes and requires only one through-hull below
the waterline. We sailed the 47 off Clearwater,
Florida on flat water in winds of 8 to 12 knots, with gust up to 18. In
the puffs the boat heeled a little before accelerating, but weather helm
was not excessive. The boat tracked well on all points of sail and was
maneuverable under both sail and power.
Most boats are compromises, but the Caliber 47LRC is built to go either to sea or harbour-to-harbour in comfort. Its base price of $389,250 FOB Clearwater, includes a mainsail and a 110 percent jib.
SPECIFICATIONS Designer: Michael McCreary, Caliber
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