LOVE the hardtop mod!! Who did it and how much does something like that cost after market.
The instruments on the coach wall above the window is an excellent idea. You don't always stand watch in one place.
I really like this boat and hope the hardware
and structure withstand the test of time.
All of the production companies have to make a price
point in today's market. Sadly the $1000 (???) savings to downgrade the hardware
just kills me. It takes so much time and money
to replace once it is corroded, seized, or inaccessible.
Has anyone seen or own an FP, Lag, Nauti, or Leop that does not have pitted corroded hardware inside and out after 5-7 years. After 10 years, our Manta
was still near perfect.
RE and enclosed cockpit/helm:
An enclosed, protected, dry, and secure helm are paramount IMHO for live aboard passage
making. We lived on our Manta
42 and have experienced everything from snow to blazing hot sun and all weather
Constant wind noise
in your ears is deafening and tiring…very tiring after several hours
spray in your face, warm or cold, is miserable.
in clothes never dries completely and wet foulies after several days are well..foul.
Navigating with a handheld chart or guide though a cut 'into the wind' with the pages flying all over is not fun. Chartplotters have not made paper obsolete in many parts
of the world.
It's hard to read a book when the pages are fluttering
Skin cancer, skin cancer, skin cancer
Seeing a chart plotter or an I Pad is much easier under the shade of a hardtop
falling down on a solid hardtop and not your head
feels better. Trust me I know.
You can tailor how outdoors you are by rolling up enclosure panels
I don't like rain in my living area or soggy socks
We were always seeking shade in the tropics; it's really HOT and intense
biminis are weaker, require more repairs
Instruments, shifters, etc fade less, have less weather
exposure and last longer.
We are more comfortable and safer 'inside' at 3am and sleep better too knowing the other is not getting swept away or falling off into the abyss.
Cheers. Hope I gave some future liveaboards some experience to learn from.