Dictating the accommodations of our six motoryachts is waterline length (something that is getting harder to discover as builders add long overhands to their boats and don't publish the LWL), beam, size of the engine room, and fore-and-aft dimension of the crew’s quarters. The third stateroom in all six boats is minimal and all six are nearly identical.
The one thing that there is not enough of on any yacht up to 150’ is stowage space. Hanging lockers, drawers with real space, cabinets and cubbies are what you should be looking for when you are comparing the accommodations of any motoryacht. Unfortunately, when looking at boats during a boat show with all of the excitement, professional “staging”, sizzle, and crowds, it is easy to forget to count drawers. But that’s what you should be doing. Bring your tape measure to size up how big the beds really are and how many linear feet of hanging locker space is actually there.
Once again, decide first how you want to use your boat, and then a lot of answers will fall into place. When Americans are going through the beautiful boats from southern Europe, keep in mind that Europeans use their motoryachts less for cruising and more for short hops, entertaining and putting on the dog. Europeans should recognize that American and boats built in the Far East tend to stress functionality and facilitate longer cruises and more living aboard.
Are you planning on cruising with a couple or two, or with a boat load of children and grandchildren? Are you planning on rarely cruising but like the idea of running over to Porto Cervo or Nassau for a long weekend? Do you plan to charter your boat? Here’s how the accommodations size up:
All of the information in this article was found on BoatTEST.com. This is a great place to check out boats you may be thinking about and narrow down the dozens of boats to a short list. Also, do not forget to use BTC’s new video search features to find videos we have on important subjects. All in one place.
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