Our only experience was on a Voyage 430 during a 1 week cruise
in the Windwards (Dec 2005). The boat (over 5 years old at the time) was really laid out well for 4 couples - we had a blast!
There were however, a few things that I did not like if I were going to be a liveaboard
- Pounding. Upwind in 4 - 7 ft seas the pounding was just incredible. We had to stow any items on the saloon
table to keep them from slowly working their way to the edge of the table and on to the floor. One of our crew was asleep on the settee and was knocked off (he kept sleeping). Note this was only an issue on the last day.
In similar conditions we have not had anything similar on our MaineCat 41. All cats may pound, but how and when they pound varies greatly. Bridgedeck clearance is one of the top specifications to be aware of.
layout. This is entirely personal and YMMV, but I did not care for the way the cockpit
was laid out on the 430. I think there are too many ups and downs (coamings and footwells). I had to be careful to keep from banging my shins or twisting my ankle. I am sure that you would get used to it over time. Also, the 440 may be laid out differently.
- Nav table. The nav table faces backwards. Some people have to be able to hold a chart in the same way the boat is moving.
placement. On the 430, the batteries are under the rear berths on each side of the boat. On our cruise
, we had a little charging
issue and a strong smell of sulphuric acid was in the berths. I am sure this was largely a maintenance
issue for the charter
company, and w/AGM batteries/proper maintenance
there is no issue.