Someone said something about in the Med. marina space is billed on square footage, not length. I can't speak for the Med., but I have never paid on anything other than overall length anywhere on the eastern seaboard of North America to the Panama Canal
, so yes length does make a difference here in marina costs, haulout charges, a lot of boat yard charges are by the foot, and even mooring
rents most places.
However, back to the OP, we have to allow for the fact that most monohull
boats are not designed for long-distance or crossing oceans, or even for a trip to Bermuda
. The huge cabin
that looks great at the boat show
is a nightmare to get across in heavy seas offshore
. I want my offshore
boat to be designed so that I can go from one handhold to the next throughout the boat, with the overhead just barely above my skull so I can put one hand up there if I need to. There should be at least two sea berths that are narrow and parallel to the center line, near ventilation, yet out of traffic. The head
should face fore and aft so you can use it on either tack when sharply heeled. The galley should have the stove in some sort of tight alcove where you can belt yourself in and be out of the way of the hot stuff at the same time. I prefer lots of storage lockers of all sizes to lots of open space. Tanks
should be big and centered as much as possible to avoid throwing the trim off. The deck
should be designed so that you can just open the water
fill during heavy rain and it all will go right into the tank. The fuel
fill should not be next to the water
fill--it should be on the opposite side or well removed--everyone mixes up the fuel
and water fills at some point.
Lots of small practical stuff like that is not found on most boats, because most designers are not long-term cruisers.