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1989 Caliber 38

Watch Hill, Rhode Island


If you are looking for a robust, well-designed cruising boat for blue-water sailing? Then this Caliber 38 is just the ticket. Calibers have a well-deserved reputation for first-rate construction, employing hand laid hulls and decks, bulkheads and interior furniture all glassed in. Her hull is solid fiberglass, and she has a skeg-hung rudder on a cut-away keel with just five feet of draft. Below decks, you'll find spacious living quarters with a dedicated nav station, an ensuite head in the owner's cabin with a separate stall shower, another head handy to the companionway, and an aft cabin capable of sleeping two. Has been very well-maintained. Her Yanmar 44 HP diesel has approximately 3,600 hours and she'll convey with a dinghy and outboard engine.

Basic Boat Info

Price: $84,000 (Sale Pending)
Boat Name: Jarbo
Make: Caliber
Model: 38
Year: 1989
Condition: Used
Category: Sail
Builder: Caliber Yacht Corp.
Designer: Michael McCreary
Construction: Fiberglass
Boat Hull ID: CYQ03821C989
Has Hull ID: Yes
Keel Type: Fin Keel


Length: 38 ft / 11.58 m
Length Overall: 38 ft / 11.58 m
Waterline Length: 32 ft / 9.75 m
Beam: 12'8 ft / 3.86 m
Max Draft: 5 ft / 1.52 m
Displacement: 21,000 lb
Bridge Clearance: 56'6 ft / 17.22 m
Cabin Headroom: 6'4 ft / 1.93 m
Ballast: 9,500 lb

Engines / Speed

Engines: 1
  • Make: Yanmar
  • Model: 4JHBE
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Engine Power: 44hp
  • Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
  • Year: 1989
  • Engine Hours: 3600
Cruising Speed: 6.5 kn
Maximum Speed: 7.5 kn
Displacement Type: Dry Load


Fuel Tanks: 1
Fuel Tank Capacity: 43 gal
Water Tanks: 2
Water Tank Capacity: 156 gal
Holding Tank Count: 2
Holding Tank Capacity: 80 gal


Heads Count: 2
Windlass Type: Electric
Boat Class: Cruisers, Sloop


John MacPherson CPYB
Cell (860) 867-6411 Office: (860) 536-4978 Fax: (860) 536-4406 email:
Spicer's Brokerage Sales


Spicer's Brokerage Sales
93 Marsh Road
Noank, Connecticut, US, 06340
Tel:Cell (860) 867-6411
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.


Sleeps up to seven. Her forward stateroom is the extended version and includes an ensuite head comparment, with a separate stall shower. Her pullman style berth in the forward cabin comfortably sleeps two, with ample storage underneath, and there are two hanging lockers adjacent to a vanity with swing-out seating. In the salon, the large L-shaped settee to port converts to a double, and the settee opposite can be turned into a single sea berth. With the bulkhead-mounted dinette table down and her drop-leaf extended, she will sit seven for dinner. The aft cabin is just to starboard of the companionway, adjacent to the boat's second head compartment, and can sleep two.

  • Teak privacy doors for forward and aft cabins
  • 7 opening hatches (plexiglass replaced 2010)
  • 2 opening ports to the cockpit from the aft cabin and nav station
  • 12 opening stainless steel ports
  • 1 Nicro solar vent
  • 2 S/S Dorade vents 
  • Flat screen TV 
  • Fresh Water Tanks. Aluminum. Total 156 in two tanks, Tank #1 75gls, Tank #2 81gls
  • (2) Holding Tanks: 1 plastic and 1 fiberglass


  • Double stainless steel sinks
  • Hot and cold pressure water
  • 4-burner Force 10 propane stove and oven
  • 2 aluminum propane tanks in cockpit locker
  • Top-loading Adler-Barbour refrigeration

A "Double -Support" system for the rudder installation employs two bearings. Chain plates are bedded with 3M 5200, locked to the deck and then through-bolted to the interior knees with backing plates. Constructed of solid fiberglass with 24-ounce woven roving laminate and a fiberglass cored composite deck, the Caliber 38 is intended to be an efficient cruiser combining the stability characteristics of a full-keeled boat with the performance attributes of a fast fin-keeled cruiser. All floors, stringers, bulkheads, shelves, and frames are bonded to the hull with heavy fiberglass tabbing and a proprietary "Quad-Seal" process is used to bond the deck to the hull with 3M 5200 marine adhesive and stainless steel bolts on six-inch centers.

  • Raymarine 4000+ autopilot
  • Garmin Radar 18" HD - New 2014
  • Raymarine ST60 Tri Data display at helm
  • Raymarine ST60 Wind display at helm
  • Garmin 740S Chart plotter - New 2014 (software updated 2019)
  • Standard Horizon RAM 3 mic at helm
  • Standard Horizon Quest GX1500s VHF at nav station
  • Fusion stereo system with 3 zones and subwoofer
  • New 2014 Epirb ACR RLB-37 battery replaced 2020
  • New 2018 mast antenna wire and emergency antenna in cockpit
  • New 2016 portable VHF Horizon HX870 with DCS and GPS
  • New 2018 Wifi PDQ range extender w/repeater
  • Binnacle mounted Richie Power Damp compass


  • Yanmar 44 hp Diesel
  • Burns 0.9 Gallons Per Hour at Cruising Speed
  • Motor Mounts - New 2013
  • Drive Shaft - New 2013
  • Dripless shaft seal - New 2013
  • Fuel priming pump - New 2013
  • Temp gauge - New 2013
  • Oil Pressure gauge - New 2013
  • Fuel injectors overhauled 2014
  • All New rubber (cooling, fuel, exhaust replaced) 2015
  • Temp & Oil Pressure gauges in cockpit
  • 100 amp Balmar high output alternator
  • 6 years of yearly lube oil analysis available upon request
  • New 2016 Group 27 12-volt starting battery with cockpit locker access
  • (4) Trojan T105 6-volt batteries for House bank (New 2015) with access via cockpit locker
  • 120-volt shore power electrical system with panel and breakers
  • (2) 50-foot, 30-amp shorepower cords
  • 30-amp shorepower outlet in cockpit
  • 110-amp Balmar 3-stage regulator (New 2009)
  • New 2015 Xantrex ProSine 2.0 (2000 watt true sine wave) battery charger / inverter
  • New 2015 GoPower 200 watt Solar Cells
Sails / Rigging & Canvas
  • Isomat spars
  • All New wire standing rigging and turnbuckles replaced 2015
  • First and Second reefs are single line Isomat reefing led to the cockpit
  • New Garhauer boom vang 2015
  • Flag halyard
  • (2) Barient 28 2-speed self tailing  primary winches
  • (2) Barient 21 self tailing winches

  • (1) Gibb 28 self tailing winch on mast
  • UK full-battened loose footed mainsail (serviceable condition)
  • Nylon loose luff reacher (good condition)
  • New 2015 John Fries 135% Genoa cut high for good visibility (good condition)
  • New 2017 ATN Gale Sail 100 sqft (good condition)
  • Midboom mainsheet traveler w/cars
  • Genoa tracks w/fairleads and genoa blocks
  • Harken roller furler system (renovated 2015)
  • Antal mast slider system
  • New topping lift and Lazy Jacks 2015
  • New Main and Genoa halyards 2015
  • Sail cover restitched 2017
  • Dodger & Bimini top restitched 2020 & New Strataglass 2020


Deck / Additional Equipment
  • Cockpit cushions
  • New 2014 Zodiac Wave dinghy
  • Martek dinghy davits (New 2011)
  • Edson engine hoist
  • 4hp Suzuki outboard
  • New Delta 44 # primary anchor with 225ft 5/16 high-test chain 2015
  • Fortress 30 # secondary anchor with 20 feet of chain and 150 feet of nylon rode
  • Danforth anchor with rode
  • Anchor roller
  • Lewmar electric windlass with capstan (New motor/gearbox 2011) with up and down foot controls at bow & helm
  • Switlik MOM 8-A repacked 2019
  • Edson pedestal
  • Ritchie compass
  • Cockpit table with leaves
  • Cockpit shower
  • Emergency tiller
  • Rule automatic in bilge & Whale manual in cockpit
  • 4 fenders
  • 1 fender board
  • 8 docklines
  • 2 boat hooks
  • 4 Fire Ext.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Flares 
  • 2 type 1 Life Preservers
  • Horseshoe ring
  • Search light
  • Horn
  • Propane BBQ grill


Recent Upgrades
  • All New standing rigging wire and turnbuckles 2015
  • Harken Roller Furling System renovated 2015
  • New Garhauer boom vang system 2015
  • All New Genoa and Main halyards 2015
  • New topping lift and Lazy Jacks 2015
  • New fenders 2015
  • All New rubber engine hoses; cooling, fuel, and exhaust 2015
  • New Stainless steel IsoTherm hot water heater; engine heat exchanger and 750 watt 110ac 2015
  • New domestic water pump, waste pump, anchor wash down pump 2015
  • New 225ft 5/16 high test anchor chain, swivels, shackles 2015
  • New Lewmar windlass chain gypsy 2015
  • New Go Power 200 watt solar array and controller 2015
  • New Xantrex 2000 true sine wave inverter with battery charger 2015
  • New upper rudder bearing refastened and reinforced 2015
  • Lower rudder bearing bolts withdrawn and inspected 2015
  • New single line reefing lines replaced 2016
  • New Kent 75ft safety throw line 2016
  • New LPG controller with gas sniffer 2017
  • New Groco engine raw water strainer 2017
  • New hatch sun shade and umbrella 2017
  • New Raritan head complet pump assembly 2019
  • New Forespar Pure Water Filter Kit (Galley) 2019
  • New Fusion subwoofer, cabin and cockpit speakers 2019
  • Switlik MOM 8-A man overboard mudule serviced by LRSE (every 2 years) 2019
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice.
Additional Contact Information

John MacPherson CPYB


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