Originally Posted by belizesailor
Whether cat or mono, few boats have good ventilation in foul weather. This is especially problematic underway in ugly weather because of course you need to keep the water out too, but is also a problem when sitting at anchor
waiting out snotty weather.
A good full cockpit enclosure certainly helps, but does not create airflow below decks. Hatches under bridge decks on cats are great for this, but I otherwise despise them because of the safety
Chris White has a good option on some of his designs which is a port hole under bench seats in the cockpit. Ive also seen similar on some monos.
Have found that my cat does ventilate better in bad weather as can still leave the saloon
door open and the bimini
deflects the water whereas on my various monos once the hatch
was closed and the boards in it got pretty stuffy fast. Also ventilates from the anchor opening > anchor locker
> bilges and back up into interior
but have found that bilges end up full of salt
crystals so going to put in a foul weather deflector this season.
Have a great video of my wife and son chatting and drinking coffee in the saloon
while we are going to windward in 45 knots - you can see the waves breaking over the bow and hitting the saloon windows but they aren't having to cling on for dear life. Meanwhile can't say I was enjoying my time at the helm
- hard to keep eyes open in those conditions.
Agree about opening the under bridge deck
hatches - once was enough for me.