Kimarah, like you we have a Prout 38 Manta
, a good, comfortable boat with lost
of room, full size hanging lockers, a table that seats 8 (friendly) folks, excellent shower
system, good deck
space, etc. There's plenty of room to store 6 months of provisions (it's the six months of wine that's an issue
Don, if your wife isn't giving you much input, perhaps she is just confident that your next boat will be a good one. Will you be looking at boats together? Ask her to make a list of her top ten for the next boat. Now, here's the difficult part. Then have her put a value of importance on those ten items. We have done this in the past with house purchases, and it ought to work for a boat too (probably not for a first time boat owner, but you are experienced, and probably not as an all encompassing boat list, but geared toward your wife's wishes.
I thought I didn't want or need a watermaker
, but ours makes the best tasting water
and I couldn't do without it.
I thought I needed unlimited hot water
for showering, but early into an extended cruise
our water heater stopped working. I found I could have a perfectly good shower
using a 1 gallon jug of water that had been heated on the galley
I thought I didn't need refrigeration
, but this was before we bought a boat and right after I had read one of those old sea voyage books
. Thankfully, we have a good fridge freezer
in the galley and a dedicated freezer
elsewhere. The more the better.
I thought our 11 foot dinghy
was too wide, too big, and too difficult to store, but now that we are back to a 10 foot, I miss the larger one. With a bigger boat, maybe an improved dinghy
might be in order.
we added AIS
. How nice to have that!
would be an important issue for me on our next boat, and I hope that by then LED has improved.
Good luck with your boat search.