I'm looking to live aboard in a few years with my wife. We will be empty nesters and would love to hear from other couples that are in the process of moving to the lifestyle or have been living aboard. How has the stress of the change and limited space affected your relationship? What stories do you have you wouldn't mind sharing with us. My wife and I have a very strong relationship and we complement each other very well. Hopefully living in such close quarters all the time won't change that. One more thing, has anyone seen a sailboat not 70 feet or more that has a Queen/King size berth one thing that would make the transition easier for my wife, I tend to be a bed hog maybe because I’m 6’2 and not small.
Will follow this thread with keen interest!
I am planning to be a liveaboard very soon, I am single now but do not intend to live out my days as such and I have wondered how couples get on in a liveaboard capacity. With regard to your bed question...
This is the aft cabin on my 'someday' boat:
Isn't she pretty!
If however your budget does not stretch to such luxury...
Mine doesn't either (but you have to have a dream
I found a few boats that have the kind of layout you are referring to, to my knowledge the type of bed (like you describe) is known as a centreline double
or centreline queen
From my time browsing the classified I found that not every boat that has this configuration is advertised as such. So you may have to scour a number of ads.
I found that the Hunter Passage 42
looked to be a lot of boat for the money, but the online consensus seems to be that they are great boats but built to a budget and as such are not ideal extended blue water boats.
(Just in case I open a can of worms and upset HP42 owners... The above is only the feeling that I have got from reading forums etc. and an HP42 is still one of the boats on my list in-spite of the above!)
Here is the aft cabin from a (2000) hunter passage 42:
And a different (1995) HP42:
The smallest boat I found with this kind of layout was 34ft, but I can't remember what it was. There are a number of manufacturers make boats with this configuration from 36ft upwards, but it is more common as you go bigger.