For me it is the creature comforts.
Don't get me wrong, the Maine
Cat is a more than adequate vessel. But there is a lot of bare fibreglass, the helm
is in the middle of the salon
, the forward bunk and the double bunk share a head
, and the forward bunk needs to pass through the head to get to the galley
or salon (so if the head is in use, anyone in the forward bunk is stuck there). The double bunk has the dagger blade housing as one of its walls (noise). While the galley is large enough for two to work
there, it is down and I prefer up. The salon is large with a hardtop and side curtains, but for a liveaboard I would want fixed sides with ports
. The rear deck
is quite small due to the large salon.
Since it would be a liveaboard, most of the time will be at anchor
, so I am willing to sacrifice performance for comfort. While it is not perfect either, a Lagoon 440
is more of a liveaboard (which we have spent a couple of weeks on also).
We are still looking for the best compromise with a purchase
date of 2013.
When you see a boat that interests you, find a way to spend at least two weeks onboard. If the Maine Cat interests you, then I'd recommend a trip with Tracey Dell as he moves his 41 from New Jersey
or back (gets you some sense of the liveability)