catsrule, because someone questions certain aspects of the design of a boat does not mean that we are 'armchair boat builders' any more than you are. That comment would only make sense if you are
- and I am assuming (hoping) that you are not. In any event, you know what you like and expressed that opinion - surely we can do the same.
While, like others (apparently including yourself), I am not a fan of the spiral staircase, there are other things I do quite like:
- lower berths. Having to virtually pole vault to get on the berths of some cats is something I despise. Typcally they have been raised not to increase storage
(which is alreay quite substantial in a cat of that size), but rather to fit over the bridgedeck. See other advantages below.
- berths within the hulls rather than on the bridgedeck - if there is any pounding on the bridgedeck, it is much more comfortable if you are not laying across it. Moreover, by removing berths from the forward part of the bridgedeck, it permits the leading edge of the bridgedeck to be further back and properly tapered so as to reduce the impact of any waves.
- finish - as I have already said, while I have not been on one, from the photos the fit and finish certainly seem to be of a higher standard than comparable Lagoons/FP's.
- layout of the salon/saloon - It provides a large and yet convival seating area with a proper nav station and an appropriately large galley
. While I do not like angular interior
joinerwork when underway, I am sure that they could at least round the edges of the hi-lo table in future builds.
- small sofas in the aft cabins, rather than sofas in the center of the hulls (which are away from the actual sleeping area and which will seldom, if ever, be used).
I'm still not a fan of the curved aft deck
but it would not be a deal killer for me, so long as you could readily hoist the inflatable
onto the deck
without interfering with the rear passageway/access to the stern steps. I'm also not a fan of the large, closely spaced fixed portlights
in the hulls, but realize that this has become a common design trait. Padded vinyl headliners - again, not a fan, but so long as there was a method to remove the panels
in order to access the back of deck hardward it also would not be a deal killer. If I could afford the boat, I could certainly afford to have the headliner
replaced when it was required.