Loving the new design - but given what we could actually afford, our Maxi
120 CC ketch
has done us well for the 7 years we've lived aboard. Being an elderly ketch
she's never going to keep up with a newer Beneteau
or something of that sort, but she provides a lot of room, standing headroom
throughout, privacy if we want it etc. She was designed with two heads but we (and the previous owners) have always used one as a workshop which is great when cruising.
Sailing, we have come to love a centre cockpit
. It feels very secure and comfortable compared to aft. To start with coming into marinas
etc was always interesting and we had a policy of reminding each other to remember how much boat is behind
. Now we're very used to that and to how she handles generally.
We went out with friends in their 31' cat the other day and came back to the berth in a crosswind - that was really hard work getting into place! But the skipper
, who knows the boat well, was fine. It's just practice.