We purchased Mirador new in February 1995 from Yacht's & Services on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington and have now sailed her over 15,000 miles. We have sailed her as far north and west as Cape Scott at the north tip of Vancouver Island (N50' 49°, W124' 24°) and south and east to Zihuatenejo, Mexico (N 17' 38°, W 101' 33°). Mirador has twice taken us from Puget Sound to San Diego.
We have installed every safety device and creature comfort feature we can imagine having on a 40' cruising boat. Since we sail long distances in remote waters we have always been meticulous in the maintenance of all systems on Mirador. Mirador has never suffered an equipment malfunction which prevented us from safely reaching our intended destination.
Here is Mirador in the Pacific Ocean - 25 miles west of the Baja Peninsula. She is making 6.9 knots in 14 knots apparent wind. She has been on that course for hours with no one at at the helm and no rolling and no pitching.
Just a fast, safe, & comfortable downwind ride.
We have made many modifications to the excellent systems installed by Caliber Yachts. Some of these changes were for convenience of usage, some for ease of maintenance, and some for enhanced durability or safety. Examples of changes we made are:
- Fully battened oversize mainsail custom designed and
built by Qantum Sails in San Diego. Sail hoists on ball bearing cars and is cut very
flat to significantly
reduce the typical Caliber 40 weather helm.
- 110% overlapping staysail custom made by North Sails. Very powerful up wind sail in 22 to 28 knots apparent. Greatly reduces heel and leeway. Sheets to tracks near Dorade vents. Available on no other Caliber 40!
- all new anchoring system that brings the anchor loads to the hull at the water line This design has now been incorporated into new Caliber 40s as the "Caliber Smart Anchoring System"
- all new sheaves in mast head and boom to reduce chance of wear experienced by other Caliber 40s which sailed blue water. Removed and reinstalled all in mast wiring in new conduit to eliminate wire slap in mast
- convert 85 gallon water tank to diesel fuel tank after installing Spectra 16 GPH watermaker
- dual Racor fuel filters to allow "on the fly" filter changes
- aft head converted to workshop with large ball bearing tool chests and aluminum workbench. Also functions as standup nav station.
Click on any of the following links to see a WEB page with details
EXTERIOR PHOTOS INTERIOR PHOTOS SAILS & RIGGING GROUND TACKLE DINGHY SAFETY ENGINE GALLEY
SHOP & STANDUP NAV STATION ELECTRICAL INTERIOR OTHER INTERESTING FEATURES SOLAR PANELS
COMPLETE EQUIPMENT LIST (You can see more pictures and descriptions at Specifications.)
Following is some of the newer equipment you will find on Mirador:
- New Yanmar mixing elbow
- New Yanmar heat exchanger
- all new hoses and tubing in Yanmar raw water circuit
- all new hose clamps on every Yanmar hose
- new OEM Yanmar starter and solenoid
- Isotherm SPA 40 11-gallon water heater to replace prior Isotherm that lasted 14-years
- Clark pump for Spectra watermaker rebuilt to "as new" condition by Spectra
- New 3M Thinfilm membrane
- Mainsail from Quantum Sails - custom made from Hydranet
- Halyards for Main, Genoa, Spinnaker
- Inspection of all standing and running rigging & replacement of worn parts
- Raymarine X-30 Smartpilot Autopilot
- Raymarine P-70 Control Head for Autopilot
- Raymarine N002 12V 30 Amp motor for Autopilot Linear Drive (convert to Type 2)
- New Prop Shaft
- New Cutlass Bearing
- Rebuilt Maxprop
- CSC Micron Black bottom paint (2 coats)
- Complete out of the water survey with no significant defects or problems
- Six EastPenn 6V golf cart batteries in house bank for a total of 645 amp hours storage capacity
- Rule 500 bilge pump
- Technautics CoolBlue refrigeration system - Super efficient (3 amps) & super cold (5° freezer) & silent!
Take a look at Caliber Yachts for lots of interior pictures and more details about construction and factory installed features. Mirador was the last non-LRC hull (number 4072) so her tankage is different that what you'll see on the Caliber WEB site.
Here are the vital statistics on Mirador
Caliber 40 Cutter Rigged - built by Caliber Yachts, Clearwater Florida
|Length on Deck||39' 1"|
|Standard Draft||5' 3"|
|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 (2500 hours)|
|Est. Motoring Range||1,100 N. Miles @ 6.4 knots|
|Designed by||Michael McCreary, N.A.|