Welcome to the community and thanks for the timely question. I have indeed visited both yachts (a 39S and 42 Ketch). Both Motiva's but in many ways very different yachts.
Overal I am impressed by the build quality. The steel
is in very good condition inside and out. Woodwork and joinery shows craftmanship. Only point of attention is de wooden toe rail. Wood
requires constant attention. I think I would replace it by a steel rail as well.
I love the pilot house, it is a feature I personally really like and got me to look into Motiva's in the first place. The added benefit is space for a sizeable engine
room below the pilot house.
The layout of the yacht offers room for 4 full time cruisers with capacity for more if temporary needed. Most requirements for creature comforts while cruising are available including 1000L water
, 1000L diesel
and ample storage
space. All areas in the yacht have standing headroom
(~2m). This vertical clearance does result in more freeboard particularly near the stern although I do not think it is extensive. Vertical clearance also means that the center cockpit
is positioned somewhat higher up than seen on most yachts. I hope it does not result in too much uncomfortable motion.
The thing people should be aware of with Motiva's is the not so spacious "feel" of the yachts interior
. The combination of a pilot house and center cockpit
results in a clear compartmentalization. Combined with a somewhat conservative beam (~3.6m) results in a layout that is far from the spacious interiors found on modern wide beam full length cruisers. For example, there are two smaller salon
settees, one in the pilot house and one in the galley
area, instead of one large one as seen on most yachts. They still seat 4 persons comfortably though. This really is a personal preference and I am quite happy with it. The interior
on the other hand is bluewater
friendly, always something to brace yourself agains or grab a hold of.
Strong rig on both yachts. I have a slight preference for a single mast
setup but I could not come to an agreement with the owners of the 39S. So, I am about to close the deal on the 42 Ketch
instead. Much looking forward to it.
Do you have an interest in Motiva's? Judging your screen
name you are from Europe
and most likely from the Netherlands
like me. I am curious to learn more ...