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BOAT REVIEW

The cockpit is roomy with a single helm station on the port side and a teak table with settee on the starboard side. The lazarette at the stern of the cockpit is a huge storage area.

Most of the deck, inside and outside the cockpit, is nonskid. We appreciate the rough surface for stable movement on the deck—at least until you fall and your knees are bleeding. It’s always a trade-off, but we like the non-skid overall.

bathroom (with a real shower). She sleeps six easily, with two people in each back berths and us in the master. The salon area has the main table with a settee surround and an up-galley next to it. The galley is surprisingly easy to use, with a three-burner propane stove/small oven, sideload fridge, small double sinks and a microwave. The freezer, also a side-load, is located in the port hull, just steps from the galley. That same area in the port hull also provides significant storage space for dry goods and drinks. We did change the stove/oven from butane (European) to propane (U.S.) and installed a solenoid for increased safety. Each hull has a back berth with head/shower. Moving aft, the port hull has the freezer and storage space in the middle, with access to the master bedroom area and a large closet in front. That closet has become our “tool shed” with a wide variety of tools and parts for repairs and maintenance. Moving aft from the back berth and head in the starboard hull, we have our printer and all the business tools we need for the basics. That area also offers a lot of storage, including a closet. The front of the starboard hull has access to the master bedroom area and the master bath in front. This bathroom is wonderful with a head and sink in one area and a full stand-alone shower attached. There’s even a storage cabinet in the shower compartment. All the wood inside the boat is maple with several coats of polyurethane varnish, and there’s a lot of it. It really makes the boat feel elegant instead of utilitarian, as many charter and other cats feel.

Power Management (or the Holy Grail) Since we care deeply about livability, we have many creature comforts: 12-volt freezer, 12-volt fridge, air conditioning, heat, hot and cold water (160-gallon water tank), microwave, washing machine, water maker and raw-water electric toilets. These features can make us a bit of a power hog (even though we try to conserve). Madness carries a 110gallon diesel tank to fuel the Yanmar 54-horse engines and the Onan generator. We have four solar panels on the hard bimini, but they are probably not as effective as the newer ones. (We’re saving up for new and more solar panels—that would be living large!) Our house battery bank is seven Group 31 batteries, with an additional two starter batteries (one for each Yanmar engine). Another wonder of the modern age is the electric windlass. I love our Rocna 33 anchor (73 pounds, plus an average of 30-90 feet of half-inch chain, depending on anchorage depth), but I could not pull it out of a holding even if my life depended on it. However, with our windlass we can easily hoist it after loosening it up with the engines. We’ve switched most of the lights to LED and done simple things like hang plastic strips in the freezer and fridge to limit the amount of cold that escapes, bought a portable fan (less AC) and try to do things in batches (like open the freezer once, not three times). But we still recognize that we use a lot of power—and it’s always about managing power. Interior Madness is an owner’s version with two stern berths (sleeping two each) with a bathroom/shower next to each berth. The master stateroom is located in the front of the boat, crossing the hulls and is roomy with a nice-sized master 46

December 2017

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