Originally Posted by lukejns13
Wow thanks so much for all the answers y'all. I'm so glad I made an account here. My main reason for one cabin
is that I want as much interior
room as possible. I love open concept
cats like the helia 44 (sadly it's pretty far out of my price
range) and I have no problem sacrificing an extra cabin
if it means an open salon
area. I guess they're few and far between though. I'm not hugely against monosails but I a million times prefer cats. Really what I care about more than anything is a cat with a big lounging area.
Ah, the objective is a big open salon
area...why didn't you say so!
There is no correlation between that and number of cabins on a cat because typically they are not derived from the same space. The cabins are typically down in the hulls and the deck
house (where salon is located) is on top of the bridge deck
To maximize salon space on a smallish cat look at galley
down configurations. This way the whole deck house is salon space. They built a few galley
down versions of the Wildcat 35 which resulted, IMHO, in an excessively large main salon...like a small stadium. And, it still had 4 cabins & 2 heads in the hulls + a big cockpit
. Even with a galley up version we've had a dozen guests aboard for happy hour with plenty of room in salon + cockpit
(not even includng all the deck space...the forward tramps are also a popular lounging area...esp at night with a clear sky).
Also keep in mind that cats typically have lots of cockpit space, so having a means of opening up the salon into the cockpit (as most do) creates a lot of indoor/outdoor common space. For example, when we lived aboard we had a fully enclosed cockpit, with the main salon doors fully open it was like one big living area.
Seawinds might also interest you because they are built with a door between the main salon and cockpit that folds up and out of the way, making essentially one open air space.
cabin boats, like the podcat, are small boats with small spaces...not what you are looking for I think.
If you want to see some good lounge area "porn" then check out the Lagoon
62...wow...but you will need to add another comma to you budget.