Here is a picture of a Caliber 40 being sailed by the factory crew:
Following are some interior pictures of a Caliber 40:
This is the standard layout for a Caliber 40:
We converted the starboard side aft Stateroom into a storage area. We removed the door to the cabin and lined the entire bed and all walls with indoor-outdoor carpet. We store the bicycles, sails, fishing tackle, and lots of food in this area.
The aft head has been converted to a workshop and navigation station. My brother Jim built a beautiful teak workbench/navigators desk with an alumimun surface on it. Under the standing height desk are two sets of tool chests and drawers. The six drawers all have ball bearing slideouts. The tool storage area is large enough that we can keep almost all our tools safe and dry, ready for easy access and use.
Click Here to see some pictures of the shop area and construction details: Shop
The standup nav station has a gooseneck lamp mounted on the wall above it. We can fold a full size chart in half and lay it out on the desk for easy use. While underway, it is much easier to use charts and navigation instruments while standing at the nav station that trying to squeeze into the normal Caliber diesk on the port side aft of the stove.
The workbench top is easily removed and can be mounted in the cockpit when I want to work outdoors. The workbench is designed to support a large vise for those serious repairs.
The toilet in the aft head is still usable and is used when we are underway and do not want to struggle to the bow of the boat.
Here are the Details about our Caliber 40 Hull #40 (non-LRC) which was built in the summer of 1994 and delivered to us April 1,1995.
|Standard Draft||5' 1"|
|Sail Area||739 S.F.|
|Water Capacity||85 Gallons|
|Fuel Capacity||140 Gallons|
|Auxiliary Power (Diesel)||50 H.P. (Yanmar 4JH2E) 4 cylinder normally aspirated|
|Est. Motoring Range||1,000 N. Miles @ 6.5 knots|
|Designed by||Michael McCreary, N.A.|
The water and fuel capacities are different than other Caliber 40s because we changed an 85 gallon water tank to be a diesel fuel tank.
The sail area is also different since we have custom genoa, staysails, mainsails, and storm sails made by North Sails of Seattle.
We have a Spectra 18 gallon per hour watermaker so we felt like it is not necessary to carry large quantities of fresh water. Two of us use about eight gallons of fresh water per day when we are not trying to conserve water. When we know that fresh water is in short supply we easily cut our water consumption to less than two gallons per day, or even a gallon a day if necessary.
A cruiser's dinghy is the only way they can get can back and forth to their boat when anchored. We think we have one of the best dinghys made. It is a 10' Portabote which folds flat when not in use but is a 20+ knot boat when powered with our 9.8 HP outboard.
The photo above on the left was taken at Echo Bay on Succia Island in the San Juan Islands, just NW of Bellingham, Washington. The photo on the right was taken at Klashkish Inlet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. You can see a 2 HP Suzuki mounted on the transom. That little outboard, which weighs 21 pounds, can push the Portabote at 7 knots. It is an excellent trolling motor and uses almost no gasoline.
When we are in a hurry or need to cover a greater distance we use our 9.8 HP Nissan outboard which will move the Portabote with two of us and 100 pounds of groceries at 17 knots. We carry 3 gallons of gasoline in a tank separate from the engine. That will take us about 35 or 40 miles at a full plane and 20+ knots.
The Portabote folds flat and is 4" high and 15" wide when stowed on deck alongside the mast between the dodger and the forward hatch. It takes 20 minutes from the time we decide to assemble the Portabote until we can be motoring away. The boat is unsinkable and almost indestructible.
Here is a picture of the boat being towed up Sydney Inlet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.
Many cruisers are looking for the perfect cruising sail. We have a light weight drifter/reacher/Code 0 headsail built for us by North Sails of Seattle. We love the sail and think it the most useful of our cruising sails. If your want to read more about the sail check out this link: Drifter
We have added four (4) 120 watt Kyocera Solar Panels to Mirador. Those four panels generate 120 to 150 amp hours a day of high quality current to charge our four (4) Trojan T-105 six-volt and one (1) Group 27 Gell Cell batteries. The solar panels are mounted on an arch built by Atlantic Towers. The current generated is controlled by a Trace C-40 control unit.
You can see some pictures of the panels and arches by clicking here: SOLAR PANELS AND ARCH
If you want to see a complete list of all the equipment that we have added to Mirador check out the table at:
If you want to see some more pictures of Mirador's Hull and Equipment check out the following pictures:
Bottom / Keel / Rudder taken in March 2004 just after the new paint was applied
Anchor Platform & Profurl Roller Furling System
Cockpit and Stern
This is Mirador coming straight at Jim in Barkley Sound
or to see about other Caliber Yachts you should take a look at the Caliber Yachts WEB page:
Caliber 40 WEB site