My Finnsailer 38 has a wonderful aft cabin and a center cockpit
, not that you will ever find one--very few in North America.
But, what I have learned, and I was not looking for this type of boat when I began my search, is that the center cockpit design with an aft cabin has many advantages: center cockpit is near center of motion for great offshore
comfort, center cockpit can separate cabins making for real privacy if you have kids
and adults on the same boat or when someone off watch wants to really sleep when offshore
, huge and accessible engine
space, centering of weights on boat helps reduce pitching motion, mast
and sail handling is handy to cockpit, protected from boarding seas offshore, widest part of boat so cockpit is spacious and crew is well protected.
I personally like the Catalinas and Beneteaus, but I find many of the aft cabins crammed under a cockpit to be too claustrophobic and often ruin storage
spaces. If you want something first class and comfortable look at Halberg Rassys, something old and cheap
look at Morgan
OI 41s, something old and good sailing look at Kelly Peterson
44s, something a little less glamorous but stout and decent sailing look at a Pearson
There are quite a few good aft cabin center cockpit designs out there.