I would love to hear your opinions on the pros/cons of an Owners Version cat layout (typically 3-bedroom) VS. the Charter
Version (typically 4-bedroom) of the same catamaran
* Correct me if I am wrong, but does just the Charter
Version usually include the additional 2 single
beds in the tips of the hulls but the Owners Version doesn't?
As I am currently shopping
for a Cat, this Owners vs. Charter is a battle I'm having. I thought I would share my thoughts on it...
It seems like almost everyone wants the "Owners" version so they can have their own private side of the boat
and an extended "Master Suite" area. I felt the same way... for awhile. Then I started to really think about it...
I, personally, don't plan to spend a lot of time in my berth except to sleep. Sure, I would probably occasionally watch a little TV there, but that doesn't make me require a vanity/desk or extra sofa and the entire hall of storage
. If I were to work
at a desk area I'd want it to be a bit larger space or I'd probably work
from the salon
with all the views and natural light.
And as for the shower
, it doesn't need to be massive. Hot water
supply can be an issue on a boat
, so it's not like one would typically take long hot showers. So for practical purposes on the boat, it's get in and take a shower
and get out.
So after a lot of thought... I'm leaning towards the mindset that the Charter version would be better for my boat.
1) It offers an extra cabin
for guests, so more people can sleep onboard. This could be visiting guests or even possibly some crew brought on to help out for a long passage
or anything else.
2) A 4th cabin
to me could be strategically used as a nice "Flex" cabin. The normal bed
setup could be removed and a nice office/workshop table could be installed, but one that would FOLD UP and go against the cabin wall. Then if you needed that 4th cabin for a guest on the boat at the time, you could have a stored rolled up thin mattress/cot or at the very least a nice inflatable
mattress kept onboard to use as another bed
. So the workspace table folds up against the wall and now there's plenty of space to setup that temporary bed for someone. Might not necessarily be as nice as the regular berth beds, but it still serves it's purpose to give someone their own bed in their own cabin. *I actually own a really high quality inflatable
mattress (stellar reviews
on Amazon and I think it was only like $200) and it has worked great for extra guests at home (with no complaints).
So your 4th cabin becomes an office setup or even a workshop area to work on repairs/maintenance, etc. Cool become a tool room as well. That to me just seems to be a more practical and 'functional' setup for the boat as opposed to one big owners area instead.
Anyway... just my two cents.