We don't go far since we don't have a lot of time, but we again set sails, do maneuvers, and continue to get more comfortable with the boat and more sailing practice. Since we have to return the boat with full fuel, we stop by the fuel dock and "fill up". With all the motoring between the docking lessons, the motor running the majority of the time during the infamous day two, and the steaming thru the channnel at the anchorage and back the prior day, we still used less than two gallons of fuel. Those diesels are efficient.
This was the last sail we took on our boat-tel. After this we cleaned up, packed up and were on our way to a hotel...spending our first night on solid land in 10 days.
Now that we had spent several days on a boat by ourselves, here are some thoughts about the whole experience. As I mentioned in a previous post, spending time on both a catamaran and a mono-hull we've decided that a catamaran is the way we'll likely go. I'm not completely sure it is a fair comparison, a 30ft mono and a 40ft cat, but the cat definitely seemed more stable and comfortable. I can only assume a smaller (35ft?) cat will only be slightly less stable of a platform and that a 40 ft mono would only be a little more stable than the 30ft. Anyone out there have any thoughts on this assumption?
Moving forward from the main berth you enter the main saloon with a small U shaped galley on the left. The galley has a bar-sized refrigerator, a two burner propane stove and a single basin sink. The refrigerator is DC, but I don't know how long that would last on batteries. Ditto on the hot water, though it has an engine heat exchanger as well (I think).
In front of the galley is the main seating area. This boat also has a LCD TV mounted on the forward bulkhead, a reasonable place for it. The whole saloon area is actually quite spacious, bright and airy, for sitting "down in the hull" of a 30ft boat. The light interior and woods do help.
Finally, at the front of the boat is a V berth. We didn't spend any time in the V-berth, it was mostly used as storage for the cockpit cushions, some racheting recliner cushions, and some of our larger provisions (soda, etc.). I wouldn't think the berth would have enough leg room for two, but should be sufficient for one.
Overall the boat would be a good choice for a couple or a small family. I think it may be a be a bit small for a long-term live-aboard (not the largest tanks, and not enough storage space for long term provisioning), but would certainly be good for shorter coastal cruising trips (as well as bare-boat charters). Of course, take this analysis for what it is...someone with very little sailing experience telling you about 5 days we spent on one.