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Blue-water Boat w/ V-Berth Cabin?

Hi Y'all - We're selling our present boat, a racer-cruiser, and moving up to our liveaboard. The search is on, but we have recently realized that we like sleeping in the v-berth as it gives us a better feel for how the boat is doing at anchor, plus we don't have to smell even the least wiff of the engine (she gets migraines from it and I'd rather not smell it either).

However ----- I'm tall and not as flexible as I once was - shocking, no? But I do have a plan, the head of the v-berth needs to go about 2' - 3' aft of where it "normally" is, allowing for a wider foot area, and I would also put a small step on the sides to allow side access rather than climbing over the head of the bed to turn around, blah, blah, blah. Make sense? Also, we want a 38' - 44' boat with only one head. Both of those details could be addressed by our tearing things apart and reconstructing, and that may be how we go about it, but has anyone ever found a boat with these aspects?

Ketch or sloop, $100k, aft cockpit, 6' draft, full or near full-keel, blue-water sailor, workspace below, smaller salon, couple-friendly. I realize this is a very loose list of needs, but we're just looking for ideas.

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Hi Y'all - We're selling our present boat, a racer-cruiser, and moving up to our liveaboard. The search is on, but we have recently realized that we like sleeping in the v-berth as it gives us a better feel for how the boat is doing at anchor, plus we don't have to smell even the least wiff of the engine (she gets migraines from it and I'd rather not smell it either).

However ----- I'm tall and not as flexible as I once was - shocking, no? But I do have a plan, the head of the v-berth needs to go about 2' - 3' aft of where it "normally" is, allowing for a wider foot area, and I would also put a small step on the sides to allow side access rather than climbing over the head of the bed to turn around, blah, blah, blah. Make sense? Also, we want a 38' - 44' boat with only one head. Both of those details could be addressed by our tearing things apart and reconstructing, and that may be how we go about it, but has anyone ever found a boat with these aspects?

Ketch or sloop, $100k, aft cockpit, 6' draft, full or near full-keel, blue-water sailor, workspace below, smaller salon, couple-friendly. I realize this is a very loose list of needs, but we're just looking for ideas.

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I've been doing some looking around also and a few boats I've seen have pullman berths as a layout option. I've not actually seen one but I like their looks in the line drawings and photos I've seen. The Hans Christian 38' and Tayana 42' have pullman versions. Good luck with the search.
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Sounds like you might want to look for a boat with a centerline queen. Or the pullman as mentioned.
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Hi Y'all - We're selling our present boat, a racer-cruiser, and moving up to our liveaboard. The search is on, but we have recently realized that we like sleeping in the v-berth as it gives us a better feel for how the boat is doing at anchor, plus we don't have to smell even the least wiff of the engine (she gets migraines from it and I'd rather not smell it either).

However ----- I'm tall and not as flexible as I once was - shocking, no? But I do have a plan, the head of the v-berth needs to go about 2' - 3' aft of where it "normally" is, allowing for a wider foot area, and I would also put a small step on the sides to allow side access rather than climbing over the head of the bed to turn around, blah, blah, blah. Make sense? Also, we want a 38' - 44' boat with only one head. Both of those details could be addressed by our tearing things apart and reconstructing, and that may be how we go about it, but has anyone ever found a boat with these aspects?

Ketch or sloop, $100k, aft cockpit, 6' draft, full or near full-keel, blue-water sailor, workspace below, smaller salon, couple-friendly. I realize this is a very loose list of needs, but we're just looking for ideas.

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Catalina 42 has a very nice pullman cabin with a big head in the usual V berth area. Great layout for liveaboard. I'm sure there will be lots of responses saying "not suitable for offshore" but that is your decision to make.
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Check out the Caliber 40. Pullman berth and blue water capable.
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Check out the Caliber 40. Pullman berth and blue water capable.
For +50% to +150% more than he wants to spend.
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For +50% to +150% more than he wants to spend.
Early 90s Caliber 40s can be had for about $100k.
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CSY 44 walkthru deep draft ticks most of the boxes. At least one that I know off has had one of the heads removed. I agree that having two heads on a cruising boat is not essential. Mind you it is nice when a head fails to have a backup.
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V-berths are usless as sea berths n anything but calm seas. For off-shore sailing you will want berths low and close to the center of the boat or mast as possible. A pullman close to the mast forward or a centerline berth aft are best.
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