So, while I was in Ft. Lauderdale I looked at a Fountaine Pajot Athena 38. It was a nice boat. But 4 berths and 2 heads seemed like a bit more than we really need. While they say that all boats are a compromise, when we add in the fact that the heads are smaller than the coat closet in our house, I'm just not sure that the Athena is the best choice for us as a permanent live aboard.
Fortunately, Fountaine Pajot makes a number of boats of various sizes. So, having seen the appeal of the maker, we decided to take a look at other models. Back at the Annapolis Sailboat Show, we got to see the Mahe 36 Evolution. Of the catamaran models at the show, this was one of our favorites (not that we had any idea what we were looking for at that time...or even that we were going to go with a catamaran). The only negatives I recall were the berths seemed to lack a bit of shoulder space due to their position down in the hulls and the helm seat was molded into the bimini top (out in the weather). Of course the Mahe is a newer model, in current production, and is a bit out of our price range.
The predecessor of the Mahe is the Tobago 35. Just like the Mahe 36 they come in a 2 berth, two head version as well as the 3 berth, single head model.
During my research on the boat I ran across a blog of a couple and their two dogs cruising on a Fountaine Pajot Tobago. Could it be a sign that this is the right boat for us? Unfortunately there are only a few of these boats currently for sale, and based on comparable sales numbers, they are overpriced. Here's another one of those cases where it really sucks to be 1000 miles from an ocean. It will be another trip just to see one, if it doesn't sell before we get there. Guess we need to figure out how to go see one of these sometime soon.