My wife and I just bought a 2001 Caliber 40 LRC. Sold
as ready-to-sail, this LRC was neglected for a number of years, spending its last 2-1/2 years 'on the hard.' Windlass
needed reconnecting (the electrical
solenoid switch had been stolen), nd lots of electrolysis
made many updates a serious hassle. All things one might expect on a poorly-maintained boat. The owner had money
, and had thrown this into electronics
and spares (specs LOOKED good), but apparently did not do her own work
, and repairs
were hacked by people in St Martin
housing was cracked. The Furuno radar
worked, but electrolysis
meant it would not for long. We had to replace the masthead weather
sensor and as all electronic are now fully digital this means we're still replacing electronics
. this issue will come up with any older (1990s to early 2000s) boats, however.
was not maintained and the Whitlock systems cable had come so loose steering
gave out on us on the Columbia
River. Thank God it was at slack tide and only a few yards from our slip (it made it 9 hours up river without failing...I have 'guardian angels!').
The story (in this blog) about tank cracks seems unlikely. Also, there are TWO separate tanks
, so why did this alleged owner now use the OTHER tank?
All tank connections are actually easily accessible, although ALL of the hardware
and connections in a 'pan' (production) boat are notoriously hard to get to. This is a bane all production boat people must deal with. Lots of hidden stuff, burried between bulkheads and the 'pan' glass installations.
Our 40 Caliber LRC hull
seemed solid, but the Dolphin Striker SS fitting on the stem seems to have suffered some stress, and has a hairline fracture (perhaps from an anchor
Overall, we're still fixing the problems due to overall neglect and aging. She seems an OK boat and shows no hull-deck leaks
, chain plates are solid, and the deck
showed no moisture, so: so far, so good.
If I'd had the money
to retrofit an older boat, I'd likely have bought a Tswell 43 and poured 100,000 into her in updates. Alas, I am NOT wealthy enough and our total retrofit costs will probably top out at $190,000 for the boat, with new electronics, shipped from the East Coast
(cost for shipping
alone, 13.,600) to Oregon