Originally Posted by RnC
Folks, thanks for the replies and the welcome!
Specifically re the Oceanics, do they have good stowage space; good engine
room access; user-friendly galley
and a comfortable master cabin
? We are also looking at such boats as Ted Brewer designs (e.g. Whitby); Robert Perry designs; C&Cs or a well built Roberts Offshore. Basically, we want something that's going to be safe, roomy, comfortable and not break in the first storm we sail through.
They are tough safe boats,
They are a bit smaller for their length than the very modern boats (that carry heir wide beam a long way aft). Particularly the 46 which was built on the 42 mould with an extra 4 feet added in the middle. However this translates to very good sea keeping abilities.
Smallish engine room
Very good storage
(much better than a modern AWB)
Good tankage ( we had 1000l water
on the 46)
Good galley, works well at sea
Reasonable master cabin, but not as large as most centre cockpit
Some were built for the charter
market at Hamilton island and these often have 2 smaller rear cabins, but I suspect it would be an easy conversion.