We looked at one closely a number of years ago when we bought a Cape Dory
300 and it seems they are probably as rare with under 50 built based upon the number that come on the market.
I had to search for it, but there is a blog on one here that I remembered reading a few years ago. http://www.sailingthesanjuans.com/p/bombay-pilothouse-31-project.html
I liked the boat
and it seemed built really well except the interior
finish was lacking, but seemed it made up for it in fiberglass
. The owners loved the boat and cruised it for a year through the Gulf, Bahamas
and East Coast
. Only complaint was the engine
was a little under-powered.
You will like the Pilothouse and it is a super comfortable way to spend days running the ditch or comfortable sails
when few others are out.
For that era and size
, there were a few builders who tried the Pilothouse, but it never had a wide appeal on the American boats. Watkins, Morgan
, Cape Dory
, and Gulf are the ones that come to mind. Watkins 27 and Morgan
OI 33 were really houses thrown on existing hulls, Cape Dory 300 has no non-pilot sister, but essentially a house with a large open aft deck
. The Bombay and Gulf were designed closer to the European and even Canadian boats like the LM, Beneteau
Though our new boat is not a Pilothouse, I really do miss it for many reasons.