I can''t resist adding my name to the roll!
Skip and I live and cruise aboard a beautiful Baba 30, a Robert Perry design that is a snug but comfortable home. I previously cruised first on a Contessa 35 (more of a racer, didn''t have enough stowage for serious cruising) then a Hans Christian 36 (another Bob Perry design). The Baba performs better than the HC as a sailor, but of course the HC had more living space.
I am writing a booklet about choosing a cruising boat, and I just finished drafting "Trish''s dream list for a boat". I will share the SHORT version of the list here (without the explaing notes...you will definitely notice that some of the things are mutually exclusive! Plus, after 20 years of cruising, I notice that many things lean more toward cruising than simply living aboard):
-- A double ended cutter. No good reason for this. It’s just what I like!
-- Wheel steering.
-- Some teak trim. I like the look but hate the maintenance!
-- A nonskid deck.
-- A boomkin.
-- A cutaway full keel with prop in an aperture.
-- A fixed keel of no more than 6-foot draft with the boat loaded.
headsail and hank-on staysail. Again, this increases the choices for sail and rig
-- Halyards led aft.
-- Mast pulpits.
-- A boom gallows.
-- A cockpit with a fairly small well and seats
long enough to sleep on.
-- A hard dodger.
-- Aluminum toe rail.
-- A compact galley.
-- Lots of counter space in the galley. (OK, so having a compact galley pretty much kills this one. But it’s a DREAM boat!)
-- A shower stall separate from the toilet area.
-- A reefer that can be accessed by side door as well as from the top.
-- Lots of handholds throughout the cabin.
-- A Yanmar engine.
-- Easy access to the engine.
-- Easy access to tankage and batteries.
-- An anchoring system that is easy to deploy and haul up.
-- An aft master cabin with a “pullman” type queen-size berth.
-- Finally, a boat that I am confident that I can handle by myself in any sea condition.
Like I said, this is a draft list, and there''s more--I''ve left off my "dream equipment list" because that''s the subject of the NEXT booklet!!!