Originally Posted by libellula
My wife and I have placed a premium on:
easy access into the boat (sugar scoop or the like)
for me (I am 6'5")
the ability for my wife to handle the ground tackle and sails
reasonable sailing characteristics (seakindly motion and performance)
This is so we are comfortable when we reach our port of destination
and stay to explore and enjoy the culture.
We've cruised our Privilege
42 several months a year for 3 years in Florida
, the Bahamas
, and the Virgin Islands
. Some of the non-sailing, non-seaworthiness features that we love about our boat are:
+ Our wonderfully large and usable cockpit
. On our last 6 month trip, we ate in the salon
just 3 times, the rest outdoors. Every mono-huller comments on our cockpit
and 2 out of 3 actually gasp.
Our cockpit is the thing we love most about our boat.
+ Cockpit engine
access. I can no longer even imagine having to tear apart a bunk or the interior
to check the oil
or change a shaft seal
or replace a water
pump belt while entering a channel.
+ Large, usable refrigerators. We have two front-access fridges (total 12 cu. ft.) and a front-access freezer
(3.5 cu ft). We use one fridge for drinks, one for food
and love this arrangement. You might talk me into a top-loading freezer
+ Usable galley
. Our boat (like 3 or 4 other P42s) has the factory option of converting what would be the head
near the galley into refrigeration
, freeing up the original fridge space for even more storage
+ Transom steps, easy access to the dinghy
, great for swimming and snorkeling, and no need to gaff the fish
space and bow seats. Our deck
is a great place to just hang out and my wife has spent untold hours watching the world go by from our comfy bow seats.
+ Lots of space. Our boat has 4 cabins: we live in one, one is our guest room, one we use as a pantry, one we use as a workshop. With dedicated workshop and pantry, we are not crowded for space and can easily access anything on the boat without hassle.
+ Comfy cabins. We sleep with a large hatch
right over our heads, providing great breeze, a view of the stars, and first-hand knowledge of weather
outside. Because our bed
is oriented beam-to-beam, not fore-and-aft, we don't have to crawl over one another to get into bed
and our double bunk is as usable as a queen because the walls keep us from rolling out. Also, we have good headroom
for sitting up and don't feel confined when reading in bed.
+ Good headroom. I am 6' 1.25" (186cm) tall and greatly sympathize with your 6' 5". Our cabins have exactly 186 cm of headroom, the common areas much more. The bunks are long enough, but not much extra. When originally boat shopping
, it broke our hearts to walk away from some boats just because of headroom, but I'm glad we did.
+ Beauty. The exterior of a Privilege is maybe not great, but definitely not bad. However, the interiors are absolutely beautiful. Privileges use lots of wood and no fiberglass
is visible inside. We like the darker Cherry of our boat more than the lighter Beech of some. We love the interior looks of our boat and really feel lucky when we see some other catamarans, as we did not appreciate this aspect nearly enough when boat shopping
Some things that we are not so fond of:
- We have a separate, walk-in shower
, but wish its space was a little more usable and that it was a little closer to the water
- We miss the his and hers walk in closets we have in our land-based home. We make do, but a little more hanging space would be welcome.
- Our salon
is big, but not really very usable or comfortable. Ideally, the settee would be wider for napping and sleeping at sea, the table would not block access to the seats, and there would be places to sit and recline with your feet up. The saloon
is our least favorite feature of our boat; and we are scheming up ideas for a remodel.