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She is a beautiful 2000 Beneteau Oceanis 40 Center Cockpit.

We now realize why a center cockpit boat is so coveted!  The aft cabin has a full sized queen bed that one can walk around on 3 sides.  Friends would tell us we should look into a CC and honestly, once we stepped on board one, we were hooked!  In our quest for our “perfect” boat, we looked at Beneteau 411’s, but there was just no comparing the amount of space, cabinetry, and room to move around.  Now one would think that two boats made by the same maker and nearly the same size would have the same amount of storage space.  We quickly found out that that is not true!  For example: Much of the space under the cushions of the 411 was taken up with boat operations.  This did not leave a whole lot of room for two liveaboards to store their stuff!

This chick’s head is so spacious that I could fit 2 more people in it! <PARTAYYYYY!>

I bet you are wondering why “this chick” gets her own head.  Well the Crabby Captain decided that we definitely needed a boat with 2 heads and 2 cabins for his “privacy”.  (And possibly his sanity as I tend to take longer in a bathroom than he does!)

  

The galley is fit with a new Cool Blue cold plate refrigeration system installed by the previous owner, John.  He outfitted this boat with so many top-line upgrades and for that we are extremely thankful.  This mac-daddy freezer will actually MAKE ICE!  WOO HOO, margaritas are on the horizon!

Installed is a 1000 watt inverter which converts 12 volt/DC power into 110/AC power.  It uses energy from a 12 volt battery and basically becomes just like a household plug (rare deal indeed!).  This first mate LOVES that she can run a coffee pot, microwave or even a hair dryer when at anchor! WHAT??!! FOR REAL?! Image result for smile emoji image

  The separate battery bank recharges from either the solar panels, running the motor or while plugged into the dock. Our solar panels are positioned on the dinghy arch and are 520 watts of power.

       

The navigational system was installed in 2017 and has both a B&G chart plotter both at the helm AND at the nav station.  The tablet is equipped with a Rose Point program with integrated GPS.  Also included in this amazing package was AIS, EPERB, handheld mic, and helm mic as well.  I hope we never have to use this last part but being as we have ridden out an 72mph storm in Lake Pontchartrain, we know that equipment is vital when you do need it!

    

The dinghy is a 10 foot Caribe with Mercury 15hp.  The dinghy included a bimini, anchor and more. And the BAM, WE GOT A LIFE RAFT TOO!  (Again we hope NEVER to use it!) but it has a water-maker, EPERB, food supplies, and other LIFE  sustaining thingies.

Music’s previous owner was meticulous about record keeping, maintenance, organization, and included a PLETHORA of spare parts.  Way to go, Capt. John!

We searched for close to a year to find our dream boat and thought we might ever find one that had all of the things we needed: Yanmar engine 56hp, 5.5 foot draft, 2 cabin layout; and we THOUGHT that we would have to outfit her with solar panels, new-ish navigations, dinghy, and motor.  The captain looked at boats almost every day and knew every site and almost every 40 foot Beneteau by heart.  Then one day, I decided to look at some different sites to see I could find one.  And VOILA! The Music was just put on the market the day before.  We had found our french goddess!  The captain is the sensible one that evaluations the specs but I am the “feeler” that senses the energy of a boat.

This boat fills both of our needs.  Image result for heart emoji image

The day after we saw Music for the first time, the song Southern Cross came on.  When the line of the song said, “She is all that I have left and Music is her name”, we both were stopped dead in our tracks.  Cue the GOOSEBUMPS!  It is true that one can fall in love with a vessel and it is deep.  So deep.  

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