Hi Eve, when we were looking for a cat we had the good fortune to do delivery
trip on a Belize 43
. The trip was supposed to be from Port Macquarie to Southport on the Gold Coast on the east coast
but we had to go into Coffs Harbour to take shelter from a severe east coast
low and never completed our journey due to time constraints.
What was so good was that we were able to test out a production catamaran
in real sea and weather
conditions. A test sail can be very limiting in what it tells you about the boat and is very dependant on who takes you out and the conditions you take it out in.
A number of issues you have raised such as the condensation
and leaking front sliding door were a couple of the things we identified as issues. One of the big things that we found was an issue to us was the helm
area in wet weather
. With the design of the bimini
it was impossible to stay dry or out of the weather. We have very good wet weather gear
but it was still uncomfortable sitting at the helm
for hours. Even in the cockpit
a vortex would occur which would cause the rain to come back into the cockpit. The only relative dry spot was the seat next to the sliding door. We found this issue with our Lagoon
410 as well so we extended the bimini
at the sides making it a lot drier in inclement weather.
We really loved the Belize
and it was on our short list of boats to purchase
. Good luck with your purchase
Greg and Sue