Welcome to the forum. We live in Norway
and sail an Fountaine Pajot Belize 43
out of Fredrikstad (south east coast).
One of the challenges with a cat is heating
during winter. This last one beeing absolutely outrages when climate's concerned.
To make a cat livable during the winter months I believe extra insulation
is a must to compensate in the areas not constructed with sandwich. I have insulated underneath the deck
areas with a special insulation
used on cooling
systems, 19mm Armaflex. This prevents condensation
in the hull
Additionally I have made "cusions" of bubble wrap in several layers to fight condensation
on hatches with aluminium hatch
with Eberspacher as indicated is a good choice, but two instead of three would suffice, we got one in our Belize
but ideally should be two.
When it comes to your gally down option I would advise against it, this is a favour of the Australians but not so common i Europe
. Lots of discussions of this on the Multihull
section of the forum.
Since we've only had FP's, first an Athena 38 and now a Belize
I would recommend the Belize 43
Maestro. This has the starboard hull
dedicated to the owners with a great head
wich can accomodate a washing
In north east US you can find a well equipped Maestro, which are mostly well equipped from their owners as they are nearly always privately owned and never chartered.
If you want to discuss in detail send me a PM and we can get in touch.
Happy lead free sailin