Is living aboard a Beneteau 430 possibble?
A few people I''ve known have chosen to change one or more of the cabins into either an office or a workshop. One man did canvas work, a woman actually fit her stained glass stuff in there. So, it can be done. I think, like they do, that changing the cabins into user-friendly space is more effective than taking that seat out of the salon. That can usually be used as a sleeping area for guests, if need be, by adjusting the table set. Unless, of course, you plan on entertaining a lot of overnight guests and don''t need the extra space for private stuff.
What do I live on now? A wing and a prayer - inland. What do I wish I lived on? - Guinevere, an 80''s something 52 footer that was on St. Lucia for years and years. During my deliveries there I saw her being robbed for parts and moved offshore when the bigwigs came to visit the charter base. But I slept many nights on her after stepping off the delivered boats. The first time I was on her, in 1993, I got aboard and cut on the electric to hear a faint humming. Turned out that it was the fan in the crew''s quarters, left on because it smelled like I don''t know what. During that stay I cleaned up the crew''s quarter''s and every time I went back to her, it had evidently taken, because the crew''s quarter''s were never that nasty again. I just don''t agree with leaving a boat to die, as it were, I guess. The owner had left her for the bank to sell and, like I said, they were just robbing her. Last time I was on her, they had taken her topping lift and her boom was lying across her deck like a heartbroken lover''s smile. I always wished I had the money to buy her, she was a steal. I hope she''s in good hands now. She was a lovely, roomy, beautiful boat, and to see something that beautiful going to waste in the lovely light of St. Lucia was so sad.
Anyway, best of luck in your search,