I am in love!!! After driving out to some remote
boatyard in Rock Hall, we pulled up to "Donna Marie" sitting on the hard
, and I just knew. She was just so damn gorgeous!
is in impeccable condition. Like I knew before, the boat has only been sailed a few times on the Chesapeake Bay
, and therefore has very low engine
hours and everything inside seems brand new. The sails
have been taken off and stored every year, and are in great shape. All of the canvas
on the boat (would be replaced anyways) is also in great shape and is all stored inside at the moment. The boat looks like it must have when it was done being built in 1999.
As for the cons, which again I already knew, are that it needs some equipment
, which I can use to justify my offer when I make it. These are things that should be included on a cruising vessel, i.e., windlass
. The other electronics
, solar panels
, etc., I knew that I would be having to add and I am pleased with being able to figure that out on my own.
My father loves the boat as well. The primary competition for this boat is a Beneteau
473, which he absolutely loves because of the creature comforts and overall space compared to the Caliber. It didn't help that on our way home from Annapolis
we stopped in Virginia to look at probably the best 473 that is on the market- fully loaded with everything I can imagine.
The 473 is of course, a LOT more money
. For some reason, I feel as if we were destined to have this Caliber show up like it did. We have a lot of decision making to do, whether or not it is worth it to buy a boat and outfit it ourselves, or try and make an offer on the 473 and be able to get that much boat with all of the gear
for a nice price
The thing that really stuck with me is learning
about how Caliber builds their hulls, and how sturdy they are. Blew my mind. You can really feel the difference compared to the Beneteau
, even on a boat that's 7 ft. longer and a few thousand pounds heavier.
In the end, my vote hands down goes to the Caliber. I am ready and willing to devote myself to outfitting this vessel, and there couldn't possibly be a better boat to do it with than the LRC. She is a perfectly manageable vessel for short-handed or solo sailing, yet has enough room to comfortably cruise
and friends. The build quality is through the roof, and the fact that she was built an hour away from where I grew up is even cooler. I do love all that the Beneteau has to offer, especially the cockpit
and transom when cruising in the Caribbean
, however I think in the long run, the Caliber will hold it's own better than the 473.