Originally Posted by Mainship400
We are looking for a boat we can use in our retirement to spend time in Florida and the Bahamas, 6 months per year. I am 64, and I want to do this as long as I can physically do it, so looking for a boat that does not require too much bilge yoga. We spent several years cruising for months at a time in Florida and the Bahamas on a Mainship 400, so have that boat as a frame of reference. Like all boats, the Mainship had its limitations, so trying to find something that would be an improvement.
The features we would like, in order of importance to us:
1.Less than $250,000
2.Ease of Maintenance – Excellent Engine room access, no teak, not a project boat
3.Comfortable salon, room for small sleeper sofa and 2 easy chairs
4.Island berth, you can sleep on it, no wave slap like on hard chine power boats with master in bow
6.Good for occasional single handing – thrusters or dual engines, access to both sides
Here is my relative ranking (compared to the Mainship 400 of some other boats we have been considering. Any thoughts on others that we should be looking at?
Criteria Mainship40Mainship34TKrogen 39Defever 44?
Price 3 3 1 2
Maintenance 2 1 2 3
Salon 1 2 2 3
Single handing 2 3 2 1
Stabilized 1 1 3 3
Sound sleeper 1 1 2 3
Relative Ranking - 1= Poor, 2= Better, 3=Best
A DeFever 44 meets all of your needs. We live aboard one. The saloon is large enough for a sectional and two chairs as long as there are no built-in settees. But they can easily be removed. We did that. The engine room is quite spacious, 5.5 feet of head room, all services easily accessible. The master stateroom is aft and has a center-line queen berth.
I believe, however, at this time you will find just a few on the market. Well-founded DF44s don't stay on the market very long.