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This particular example looks to be a well-found boat, with some major upgrades (engine, full suit of sails, etc.) already in place.
I always thought the starboard galley was such an extravagant use of space, but to each his own… some classic Pearsons have this layout. If you''re going to be a liveaboard, it might make a difference to have that un-cramped galley.
One thing I <em>do</em> like is the dedicated navigation station just starboard of the companionway as you enter (you can see the blue-upholstered seat facing forward in the photo that shows the saloon facing aft from the forecabin). You''re not expected to sit backwards at the end of the setee with the table up around your armpits and the backrest cushion limiting your movement, nor are you expected to <u>stand</u> in the middle of the decksole and hold onto whatever you can just to walk off distance on your chart.<p>I''d give up a quarter berth every time to get a dedicated navigation station with a proper seat on a 30-footer. Halberg-Rassey is the only current manufacturer that I know of who is providing this on a 30'' boat. The old Crealock 31 had this emminently sensible layout. (When am I going to have seven people on board overnight anyway? But I''ll always want to be comfortable while plotting a course). I''d rather sit at the dinette than stand over a table that is too small to lay a chart out on anyway, while holding onto a deckhead handrail and tearing the chart by dragging a pencil across the <em>icebox lid</em> that some designer put there to conserve space so that he could fit in another berth.
Okay, my rant is over, and I feel better.
Good luck on your search. But you''ll find many more Yankees than Tartans on the west coast…