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Re: Best boat for 25 grand for coastal cruising and going from east coast to Caribbea
.. and keep in mind that the 'volume' of many of these newer boats comes partly from increased beam and more beam further aft, but it also comes at the considerable cost of usable storage space.
When they push the furniture out to the hull perimeter leaving room to dance on the cabin sole, there's nothing behind the seatbacks but a glass wall. If multi-week cruises are on the agenda, this can be a serious limitation.
Our boat has a tight, cosy interior with the settees pushed towards the middle and is far from 'roomy' but we have gobs of storage cabinets above and behind the settees. We cruise up to 8 weeks each summer, we need it. Every time we get tempted and look at something newer my wife wonders 'where would we put that? or that?'
Another thing to look for with these recent palatial cabins is 'how far can you fall at 30 deg heel?' Are there sufficient handholds for anything but the boatshow floor?
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Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)
Last edited by Faster; 06-05-2015 at 10:29 AM.