In the salon you'll find the settee, which is luxuriously completed with double incliners-a plush spot from which to watch the game. What's more, check out the glass-fronted liquor cabinet built-in at the end of the galley cabinets. It's lit from within, looks great, and lets you pick your poison from afar. All is well appointed-check the cherry tread companionway steps ($607). Too bad the companionway hatch needs a larger handle. I had a devil of a time using the little finger pull on the latch. Cruisers Yachts says it's working on it.
Forward is the guest stateroom, which you can have arranged in one of two layouts: twin V-berths or a single queen berth. Either way, there's a bulkhead, a door, and private access to the day head, which has a tile sole and shower stall.
In all, the 500 Express' 15'6" beam was put to great use belowdecks. Set up a sea trial and find out for yourself. And if you go for it, just remember to take your evening read while on the hook. You're sure to be interrupted while dockside.
EXTRA POINT: Equipment such as tanks and air conditioners can all be removed for service or replacement without having to cut up the boat.