We lived aboard and extensively cruised our flybridge L440 also. The flybridge is fantastic - it provides an extra living space, awesome for docking
, picking up moorings, coastal navigating, star gazing on night passages and of course, helming under sail. The armchair critics will tell you it's not safe or too exposed for water
sailing (of course they've never even sailed on a flybridge cat in blue water) but that is rubbish! It's the safest place to be. Any green water coming over the deck
sailing to windward in rough ocean conditions is well below the crew on the flybridge..... sure it's windy but we're sailors; and there's always the auto pilot and the absolute protection of the aft deck
.There isn't a sailboat ever built that is perfect without design/engineering flaws or compromises - and the compromise with the flybridge is a high boom and I'll be honest, I learned to live with it and work out a safe technique for accessing the reef lines on the leech of the mainsail
when they sometimes twist and jam with the luffing sail...... of course, good seamanship dictates reefing early on offshore
passages before conditions get too boisterous.
Once you have a flybridge cat you won't go back.