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Where are all the boats?
I am a long time sailor on a 38’ sloop and new to this site. I am wondering if someone can give me some fresh ideas.
We are about to embark on a new chapter in our lives and plan to transition from a land-locked city to a live-aboard lifestyle. Step two of our plan is to eventually cruise for a few years. We have interests in Europe, Eastern US, Caribbean, South Pacific and Northwest US.
Here’s my problem. I have begun a tedious search on-line for a used boat. And for the most part, I find that all are the same layouts. The main saloon has a sitting/eating, the sleeping cabins are cramped with the main focus being “how many it sleeps” and the engine is where no one can find it. They will be two of us, so the boat needs to be easy to handle. We will have occasional extra guests – two cabins will be plenty. But, since this will be our home, I would like to have some comfort. Comfort is not apparently a familiar concept for the boat designers. We have looked at multi-hulls but have never sailed one so, there is some hesitation. I like the PDQ 44 but the engines are under the floor. I have sailed long enough to know running an engine under your living room floor stinks. The Lagoon 44 (owners version) looked good at the boat show but I don’t think we would ever set foot in the port hull (the PDQ has the galley in the port hull – very clever). For monohulls, I like the Amel 53 (watertight bulkheads, queen size berths, accessible engine and generator room, A stove that doesn’t look like a toy, a strong safe design easily handled from the cockpit). This seems like the perfect boat for us but lets face it, these are all big boats that require a big operating budget. I am trying to find the same amenities in a smaller boat. Does anyone have any ideas? What brand of boats are out there that meet what I’m seeking?