Most boat designers for commercial
markets assume you'll at least have occasional guests, and the 2-stateroom model is very common.
One thing I've found is the slightly upscale builders, such as Tartan, focus on one *real* stateroom, and one which might be used when tied to a dock
. Owners who live-aboard often customize that second stateroom for other purposes.
One thing to stop and think about
: if you hacked out that (structural) forward bulkhead, what possible use could the space be put to in regular daily practice?
On my current
boat the forward v-berth was dispensed with, resulting in a very roomy head
(and I must mention that it's slightly precarious beating to weather
in good-sized waves.) At the dock
is wonderfully luxurious. However, there's no nav station, and using a laptop
over the salon
table fiddles is just a bit wrong... but I love my torpedo quarter berth. The galley
, on the third hand, was clearly designed by a man who only ate cold beans from cans and hates people who want more than that aboard a boat.
What I'm trying to make clear is that any boat - designed for a liveaboard
or not - is a series of compromises. There's a certain small day sailor which has a lovely large love nest aft under the cockpit
and the rest of the cabin
is pretty much open, and might suit your design requirements for a liveaboard
to a tee. But it would drive me nuts, even as a day sailor. Decide what is important for you, and then see if anyone has built anything like it.