Originally Posted by Boomberries
Thanks Hannah2, for asking me to clarify. I realize now that there are several possibilities.
I was referring to the interior of the AY 480. There is one chrome handhold above the companionway that one could not reach going down the stairs. The boat looks cheap and poorly thought out.
The Bavaria looks more thoughtfully and solidly designed below, yet still lacks any handholds.
I do not know much about the AY 480 but what I found with these semi custom French boats is that things like hand holds are not put in until the owner tells the company where and what kind of hand holds they want. The Bavaria does have a different layout and I'm not crazy about the AY or the Bavaria layout. But I must say the Bavaria companionway has more meat on both sides for going below or coming above in rough weather one needs those bulkhead walls to brace your shoulders. That being said I would rather have the AY 480 any day for world cruising 3 times the boat in my mind.