Thanks for the reply TOT.
I went up to Fort Lauderdale Marine
Center and they just happened to have a 450 right next to two 440s.... was the perfect storm for me to compare these two...!
Hands down... that new cockpit
is SWEET! I don't like the sink missing but the rest... crazy nice.
Access to the back of the boat is way more open.
is in a better position (to the side) and it has more room.
The sun bed
in front of the helm
Getting off the dingy and onto the transom is way nicer with that cutout edge as well as the outside step.
The guest bathrooms.... come on man - this is how it should be! Separate shower
is super nice and is the difference between explaining to land lubbers why they are taking a shower
next to the toilet and say - "here is the bathroom and the shower" and leaving it at that.
The seating is less restrictive in the salon
The amount of open space with the smaller window slid open by the kitchen.. damn..... that feels nice.
The windows were larger (didn't have the pillar as often).
The placement of the genest.... yes....!
... way more...
I like that big kitchen counter in the.
No ceiling hatches in the salon of the 450... 440 has two that we have open a lot.
Maybe I'm just old school
but I like the rounded corners throughout the interior
I feel like the cockpit
of the 440 makes one feel like they are inside the boat which in heavy weather
might be nice.
Bottom line for me (without sailing her).... 450 is super nice. Okay - most people would say because it is new / upgraded - of course it would be nice. No doubt it is... but the 440 has a special quality that I can't put my finger on. Maybe it will take time to get used to the 450 lighter interior / design philosophy. For the upgrade cost unsure it makes sense this second.... but looking down the road... hmmmm.....