I so much appreciate the collective expertise of this board. Thanks in advance for any knowledge you can share.
What cats in the 38-45' range have a good-sized galley
down and also have an well-lit open living area? Of course, my DH has an entirely different view of what is important in a cruising cat. I'm trying to identify a number of designs that fit my desire for cooking
area and space. Hopefully, one of those models will fit his requirements also.
With the help of members of the board I've identified Maine Cat
41, Gunboat 55 (too big for us and only about 2 million over our budget
44i, and a Seawind 1160
These designs all have a full-sized working kitchen below. This is a non-negotiable item for me. I'm a serious cook/baker/food preserver and I need a real work space, not the wide-open inefficient kitchen frequently found on charter
cats. Hey, they are great for a week in the Carib, but would completely suck for making boeuf bourguignon with a nice crusty baguette.
What I like...
The MaineCat 41 has a really unique design that links the salon
, and cockpit
into a big common area with 360' visibility. The galley
is slightly isolated, though. But it seems like an excellent work area.
has a protected helm
that is integrated into the cockpit
. Nice. I hate the idea of him stuck out in the weather
while I'm below baking. I wish that the cockpit felt more like an extension of the saloon
than it does, however. I love how the galley is a separate work space without being isolated in a hull
has those nifty tri-fold doors that fold into the hardtop. Awesome. The galley is like that of the Antares. I wish that it had a little more space though. Thirty-eight feet is the bare minimum for us.
The Gunboat; well it's perfect. I'll buy one when I hit the lottery. Plus I'll hire a captain
So what, what else out there might fit my needs?