There was a Bene 42CC for sale
in our marina last year. From the outside, it looked great, and the price
seemed reasonable. I'm not sure of the difference in interior
layout between the two models (42 and 44), but I have a CC (Moody) myself, and it is very comfortable for cruising. Ours actually has a real bed
in the fwd cabin
. The bed
is much, much easier to get in and out of and to make up than a v-berth. We also have a two bed bunkroom to port, with the fwd head
to starboard. The bunkroom is great for kids
and fine for storage
. We do carry bikes when we cruise, but ours are folding models and I keep them in bags, lashed to the stern railing. The steps into the salon
are awfully steep for passing bikes up and down.
The salon on a 44 will be large enough for socializing and just plain comfortable reading when at anchor
or tied up. A nice feature of a CC boat is that the owners usually take the aft cabin
with company (or kids) forward, giving additional privacy for both. The salon is the meeting area.
As you said, condition and price
may be the determining factors, but if those things are close, go for the 44. You will not regret the extra space. Keep the wife happy, otherwise, the trip is over.