Originally Posted by matauwhi
G'day, mate. Center cockpit
owner here. Yes, when we have our 150% genoa on the furler, the field of vision is more limited than on the comparable aft cockpit version of our Mason 53. Visibility is not an issue when we have our yankee on the furler (which is the case most of the time). Cheers.
Definitely, with the same sail, a center cockpit boat will have poorer visibility.
Our center cockpit boat has a high-cut yankee jib
as the main foresail. You can see under the foot of the sail. It's another matter if you have the staysail flying.
In my experience, no cruising sailboat offers very good visibility forward under sail, at least, towards the lee side. But all in all that situation is probably worse with CC boats, since you are sitting up higher.
It's another matter altogether when not under sail (as in, when docking
, when it's really important). The higher vantage point is a great advantage then.