Hey. In answer to point 3. The fly bridge is the best place on the boat. Parking the boat I have uninterrupted views, no need to guess how far I am from the jetty because I can see it. Picking up mooring
buoys? I can see them right up to about 1 m from the bow at this point my other half calls it in. I can see my anchor
chain go out and come up thereby enabling me to skipper single
handed or at least anchor
without assistance on the foredeck. In a following sea or any sea for that matter it's the smoothest position on the boat. I thought being up so high would make it a bit pitchy but its fine. At anchor it's the star light bar or man cave.... Perfect with a cold beer
and a billion stars. It's another place for people,to sit on the boat.... Never an issue with too many friends jumping on for a day trip. It's easy access for the boom, it makes a great position to pick the perfect sandy spot to drop the pick, even my other half can't see the spots that I can see. The only draw back is it is a little exposed in rain, having said that if it gets above 40 knots and we are at anchor eta we can steer from down stairs anyway.
In a nut shell mate, stretch yourself into a 440. You won't regret it for a moment. The first to,e yo plonk yourself up,on the fly deck
and crack a cold beer
you will thank yourself for dong so.
P.s. by having a fly deck
all deck hardware
, lines etc are away from your children family
or guests making it a very uncluttered boat and no chance of accidental releases.