Le Doume thanks for the feedback it is valuable input from a current
owner and user. Yes the Lavezzi is on my shortlist and probably a little closer to my budget
than some of the others (Bahia, Belize
, and Leopard 46
also considering the older Venizia and smaller Leopards) I have only just recently started to see if I could find some suitable galley down models but they are now not as plentiful as the more recently designed galley up.The galley down designs do seem to utilize available hull
space quite well albeit generally at the expense of a head
or two. My thoughts are that the galley up design is mostly to satisfy the charter/party boat requirements which it seems to do very well but at the expense of a larger more complete galley setup as found in galley down designs. The question is, is the galley down a better compromise for the liveaboard
cruiser, I am not sure. This is where your comments and hopefully others is of great value so I thank you. I would like to take you up on your kind offer to meet with you and discuss the merits of the Lavezzi as I am now at the serious end of my search and am ready to buy the right boat, when I find her. I drive past Runaway Bay Marina very regularly so at a time that is suitable to you I could meet with you, just let me know.