...we like having enough solar/wind power to spend weeks on the hook without ever running an engine
, and having 200 gallons of water
tankage to help make that possible, and--as weird as this may sound--we like the fresh water electric
macerating toilets almost as much as we love the stand-alone shower
in the owner's stateroom. (The stateroom has a head
on the port side and a shower
on the starboard, and it's a nice thing when they're two completely separate spaces. I never use the shower in a marina or yc because it's just never as nice as my own.) More than anything, I guess, we enjoy the size of our 46-footer, because the accoutrements of living aboard
don't weigh her down enough to compromise sailing performance. The previous boat we lived aboard, a 41 footer, had just enough storage
but certainly not the extra storage that the current
boat has. When we moved everything from one boat to the other, the 41 came up three inches on her waterline, and the 46 settled just less than an inch. I would have never though the extra few feet of waterline would make as much difference as it has.
Oh yeah, and I agree with Camraderie that a REAL mattress makes all the difference.