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Old 09-11-2012, 15:28   #16
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Re: Aft vs. Center cockpit?

My wife and I were sold on the CC configuration because we occasionally sailed with friends and the aft cabin became our sanctuary for some alone time, sometimes from each other as well as our guests. We found that the center cockpit gave us excellent visibility, kept us reasonably dry and was roomy enough to sit and relax with our sundowners. We didn't experience berthing in crosswind problems or sailing short handed difficulties when there was just the two of us aboard. Our prior boat was an aft cockpit design, Ingrid 38, which was a blast to cruise in but we preferred the CC design. The CC was about 10 feet longer which probably contributed to the cruising comfort.
In total and on balance, we would opt for a center cockpit design again. Phil

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Old 09-11-2012, 16:00   #17
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Re: Aft vs. Center cockpit?

Originally Posted by rocksculpter View Post
I have the aft cabin Norsea 27. The aft cabin makes extended time on board a small boat more pleasurable ...
When in heavy seas the cockpit doesn't pitch as much, easier riding, and in my case a really long tiller which helps with my weather helm...
In my experience on both boats and ships, being closer to the center of the boat and near the waterline helps limit the sea's effect.


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Old 09-11-2012, 17:42   #18
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Re: Aft vs. Center cockpit?

I live on my Columbia 41, center cockpit. The main cabin, where I am at the moment is roomy enough. The boat has a walk-through head to stbd and a walk-thorugh galley to port. In the center is the engine compartment with the wheel above it. I find the space layout is cumfortable and works very well. The aft cockpit boats I have seen seem to all have a good size forward cabin with some sort of pilot berth near the companionway. There are motion issues with the former and spray for the latter.
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Old 09-11-2012, 17:50   #19
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Re: Aft vs. Center cockpit?

[QUOTE=Don Lucas;1080501]
And there are aft cockpit boats tht have a pretty big aft berth (like mine). QUOTE]

...and mine...
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Old 10-11-2012, 22:44   #20
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate

Uhhh, Gary, you might remember that some folks sail in the ocean where the waves can be a bit larger than on a lake...


Oceans, o yes, I have heard of those. Lol

Even in the deep blue, I would be a fair weather kind of guy.

Still boat design has a lot to do with spray on any body of water.

I am told MacGregor sailboats will spray you pretty good. The M & X models. My sailboat never has.
W.I.B. Crealock when asked what he thought of the easily trailerable Clipper Marine sailboats by a naval design collegue, Gentelman Bill responded, "I am very proud of them". &
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Old 10-11-2012, 22:55   #21
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Re: Aft vs. Center cockpit?

I'm sold on the CC type , I have a motor cruiser and the space, centre of gravity etc make for comfortable cruising and the aft deck is the perfect place for sundowners. I agree with Capt Phil that if you have visitors the privacy is welome and if you just want to have a little personal space they are my perfect type of boat.

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