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Re: Wauquiez 40 Pilot Saloon information/owner feedback
Just out of curiosity I went to Yachtworld and looked carefully at the pictures of that boat. First thing that struck me was that there didn't seem to be a comfortable place to lounge around, inside or outside, anywhere on that boat. Neither berth looked comfortable, with separations in the mattresses right down the middle and little headroom. Furthermore there appears to be almost no storage space for your clothes and personal items in either cabin. The galley has very little counter space for preparing meals and again, very few storage spaces for food and kitchen utensils and/or appliances. I sure wouldn't want to be the person who had to maintain that engine, or sleep in the aft cabin under power.
I'm pointing these things out as you seem to be purchasing a boat as a full time liveaboard and potential cruiser. I just don't think this is a good boat for that purpose. If you make a boat your home, your very first, and in my opinion most important concern, should be comfort. Storage, ventilation and little things like engine accessibility for routine maintenance and a good galley are way more important to me than speed under sail or pointing ability. Most liveaboard sail boat owners sail much less than 10% of the time, even when cruising, so you should keep that in mind as you decide what you need in a boat you'd like to buy.
However, I do love the transom steps and swim/boarding area. That area does look well thought out.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
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