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You know another solution to the maintenance problem would be to buy a lovely daysailer/racer with minimal systems that would be really easy to maintain. It could even be a smaller one. Then, charter for that occasional week or two cruise and get a nice big boat with all the amenities.

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Every galley I've seen seems to be permanently installed in a way that blocks access to the engine or a quarter locker area.

I wonder how hard it would be to modularize the galley into a few blocks that would fit through the companionway. If those blocks could be unbolted and hauled out to the dock in let's say 15 minutes what a effective way to massively open up the interior.

Anyone ever see this or do it?
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Actually the OP may be on to something. Most of our comments have been about reducing systems to reduce maintenance. While this will work in theory, many of us don't want to give up the convenience these systems offer.
Besides the sheer volume of things that need checking on, 10 water systems for example, another big gripe is how hard it is to get access to many things that need maintenance.
It was a cost saving inspiration to invent the hull liner. It makes building a boat much cheaper. It also makes maintaining it much harder.

What if some enterprising designer took the hull liner concept and took it one step further. Instead of a single liner what if the interior was composed of 10 modules each one of them that could be removed with a electric wrench in 5 minutes. In less than an hour someone could completely gut the interior of their whole boat. Everything would be accessible.
So while we didn't' give up any toys we made it easy to get to and inspect them all.

I have never had an idea regarding boats the hasn't already been done. So which manufacturers did this?
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You are assuming that maintenance is a chore. If people don't like maintenance, why do wood boats exist?
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You are assuming that maintenance is a chore. If people don't like maintenance, why do wood boats exist?
Actually, this is a complete myth. Wooden boats don't require ANY maintenance. They survive completely on love.

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I hear that a Catalina galley can be removed with a few screws.
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The problem with 10 or 12 bolted in liner modules is that the liner in many boats is very structural. Almost all the internal stiffening is done with the liner and a few bulkheads.
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The problem with 10 or 12 bolted in liner modules is that the liner in many boats is very structural. Almost all the internal stiffening is done with the liner and a few bulkheads.
I'm not suggesting that it would be wise to chop out the liner in an existing production boat.
It seems plausible however that a boat could be designed maybe for a little more that would make it easy to unbolt the interior.

How much would it cost to mold in a couple extra stringers, one or two thousand. The boat could ship with different finish levels. If the OP is correct and you had a Hunter with everything sealed up and a New Design where everything was accessible would it sell for a little more?

I'm pretty sure it could be designed.

My yard contact tells me they spend quite a bit of time fighting with access. At first they try to finagle access some how, then they give up and have to cut an access hole. Then carpentry has to fabricate a cover and finish it. Bad access to something as simple as a cabin mounted winch can easily cost a couple hundred extra.

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Interesting thread. In thinking about it I've come to the conclusion that the best way to maximize sailing time vs. maintenance time would be to do what a lot of people do with their cars. Buy a new one every few years. If you bought a new sailboat and used it for 4-5 years you would have minimal maintenance requirements and hopefully no major problems to deal with. Sell it or trade it in on another new one. Not the cheapest way to go if you are strictly looking at dollars, but if you value your time at boatyard rates, and do not enjoy doing maintenance it might not be that much different. You could pick models that are low maintenance by design with the features that you feel are important. Based on the OP's criteria, this might make sense.

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jrd22, i think i would kind of agree with you if there werent so many aftemarket add-ons that depreciate quickly and really dont add much in terms of resale value. would also take away some of the fun, I suppose.

somewhere i guess there has to be some feedback or publicity or actual critical reviews that would influence people buying new boats mentioning accessibility to all parts of the inside of the hull as a real issue, make or break, for buying a new boat.

i've never bought a new boat, but i've bought two used sailboats and my family has bought a sailboat and a couple of small power boats and they've all had this issue to a greater or lesser degree.

of course, i could be over-reacting as I usually do - i'm late for my anger management class.
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