This is a very subjective topic as there are no hard and fast rules that define a standard of interior finish. The hotel industry uses a 3, 4, 5,or 6 star rating system and this reflects, loosely, the quality of the room fitout and to some degree the volume of the space provided in the hotel room. One country’s 3 star finish may be another’s 5 star offering.
Hence, it is difficult to define interior standards and therefore there are no set rules. It needs to be assessed from photographs of a vessel interior/exterior and then prior to making a commitment to purchase of a given liveaboard, an inspection and acceptance of the liveaboard’s fitout is important.
This is why interior photos are very useful in assessing whether to inspect a vessel. Buyers will be supplied photographs of the interior fitout when they have been provided by owners. Owners should supply them to promote and encourage inspection of their asset.
We have been developing design/build packages for passenger catamarans high speed ferries with proven options with one of the top designers and have combined them with a builder here in Australia to provide high quality, operationally efficient, competitive new build vessels. Current programs using this package are underway.
Analysis of performance requirement can add profitability when deciding what vessel is required to meet your market and operations.
A variety of useful techniques are employed in military and high end commercial platforms that can be readily adapted for commercial ferry fleets.