To get this, we had to have it built semi-custom and pay close attention to the details. We agree, it's only a priority after you've owned and fixed a few boats. Like enough storage space, it's rarely a priority at the boat show.
And although I greatly appreciate the humor in the picture and the sentiment, it's not necessarily correlated with any size that most of us would consider. The bigger the boat, the more systems people try to squeeze in, and it's been our experience that someone still puts a hose, a wire, a pump, a stuffing box, or something in an inaccessible space even with boats in the 50 ft range.
Most boats are built, the systems are put in, then the deck goes on. Sometimes a drop pan liner as well. You cannot blame builders as it just makes sense, but it often leads to system that are buried deep, and it's hard to visualize how inaccessible they'll be until everything is buttoned up.
This thread strikes a nerve for me. It's caused more use of bad language on board than anything else, but you cannot blame the builders if most buyers aren't making this a priority, and opt for another state room rather than equipment space, and more and more and more systems.
Creates a good market for small, strong, highly flexible mechanics. Know any, I got this job....