This is almost a retorical question as I dare say it's all down to fashion etc but why do modern designs like Lagoon
, Fountaine Pajot
, etc. have such small and uncomfortable saloons?
By this I mean, a 40 ft cat, that's build to take 8 people, bearly has seating inside for them and certainly not enough room to 'lounge around' in comfort. It's not space so much as my MUCH smaller 30ft Cat has proved, with my boat having an ample sized U shape sofa/dining area that a couple of people can lay on in supreme comfort with feet up while reading, watching tv, etc. but in a much larger and grander modern design like a Lagoon
380/400, etc. you can't!
Look at older designes like the Dean 365 or the rare Catalac
12m and you have TONS of main saloon
space, modern boats just seem to cater for sleeping and outside accomodation with no thought for a family
or other larger party being stuck inside on a rainy day.
The reason im looking and asking the question is that a friend of mine has been converted to cats by being on my little 900 and wants me to help him buy a nearly new model with a budget
of upto £200k. Now, at that money
we're falling over all sorts of 5 year old or less Lagoon 380's and FP 41's etc. but none seem to be as well layed out as my 18 year old 9 meter boat! Seems crazy to me.
If anyone would care to recommend a boat that does fit this criteria, ie nice large u shaped sofa area that can be used for lounging instead of just sitting upright and that is within 10 years old and costs no more than £200k, id be gratefull.