Redesigning a interior
of a sailboat is not that hard. Its not rocket science.
Of course you cant remove all interior bulkheads and leave it like that. The hull will then flex and lose strength. That doesn't mean you can't move something. Its just harder to do. But not even remotely impossible.
For instance, if your boat has 2 heads and you wanted to remove one of them, you could do it. You might have to move a bulkhead, which would mean exposing the hull on all sides. Not a impossible job. But there may be tanks
in the way, or the mast
, so carefull planning would have to be made. exposing the fiberglass
hull, then grinding it a bit, putting in your bulkhead, then fiberglasssing it to the hull, then putting in the trim can be done. If you paid someone to do it, forgetabouit. But if you wanted to do it yourself, it could/would/is possible.
On older boats many times the tanks
have to be replaced anyway. So if you got a older boat for a real good price
, you could make it the way you wanted it and still be a head
in cost over a more expensive boat. You just have to not count your labor costs and chalk it up to expirence.
On our endeavour
40, after the kids
move on, I would like to replace the foreward head
and Vberth area with a different arrangement. I can be done, and will not be prohibitivly expensive. But remember, you have to get it all thru the compainon way hatch
, so everthing has to be made in pieces.
Look for older boats. They are cheaper. They need some work, but generally the fit and finish are nicer. The hull is thicker. The teak
more likely old growth. And if you have the time, energy and knowledge, you can get a better boat.
As previously said, most boats in the 35-45 foot range or even bigger tend to make between 110-160 miles per day. A lot of people spend a lot of bucks to get bigger boats so they can go faster and farther, but in reality, it doesn't usually work out to all that much.
A cat might go faster clean, but load it up for crusing and it will not perform any better.
Just my 2 cents worth.
I once rode
a glider. Was great, especially the ground effect ride at the end. Was a blast.
Used to jump out of airplanes in the army as well... but not the same at all!!... lol.
Good luck in your endeavours sir.