Originally Posted by edsailing
- but I wouldn't want want to liveaboard!
I am of the opposite opinion. Granted there is not much space but you get a boat that has legendary sea keeping qualities and because it is a "tight fit" there is always a hand-hold within easy reach.
I suppose, once again, it is a question of horses for courses. My sailing has been predominantly in high northern latitudes, around the UK and Scandinavia where a deep keel, deep draft and a traditional shaped vessel spells safety and comfort at sea. I am not worried about space in port. If I feel cramped I can always go for a walk. On the other hand, if you are spending a lot of time in the Med. or in calmer places you may well think the extra space worth more than sea-keeping qualities.
Boats are and will always be a compromise. You have to find the one that best suits your sailing needs as well as any other requirements you may have, such as headroom etc. IMHO, a Contessa is one of the best boats afloat!
Aye // Stephen