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Important for the Ladies

I interviewed my wife tonight after she has seen about a dozen boats with an eye to living aboard/cruising for a few months at a time. We have been looking at boats for decades but now it is time to start making lists.

This is her list off the top of her head. What would your wife add?

Topsides
Must haves
  • Access to the wheel from the companion way without climbing on the lasserette.
  • Be able to see over the cabin from the steering station
  • Good access to fore deck
  • Place to prop your back and put your feet up when sitting in the cockpit (This usually means not highly curved cockpit seating area)
Nice to haves
  • Swim platform
  • Pressure water at cockpit.


Interior
Must haves
  • Able to reach cabinets beyond table even if table is down without having to climb over seats.
  • Shower
  • Access to bead without contortions
  • Hot and cold water
  • No smells
  • Good ventilation (Usually defined as opening port-lights)
  • Head room
  • Reasonably flat cabin sole, no trippers
  • No lips at bottom of door ways
  • Place to prop your back and put your feet up when sitting in the cabin (This usually means not highly curved cockpit seating area)

Nice to haves
  • Air conditioning
  • refrigerator
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