The attached video is of my wife and I on our Hylas
54 center cockpit
in 35-kts of breeze on shallow Lake St Claire (avg depth
is 20'). Notice water
spraying over the bow. But also notice my wife, relaxed, eating cheese fritos and drinking a gatorade having a wonderful time. Seas were very choppy with 4-6' waves coming from multiple directions.
I also crossed Lake Erie May 2012, 35 degree water
and air, 30 kts on the nose for the entire 200 miles (in 2012). In the center cockpit
and down below the movement was not that bad. The bow? It was regularly going a foot under water.
I've done that same trip across Erie on a 53' Choey Lee Ketch
- aft cockpit
. Which I also sailed 600 miles from Nassau
to Luperon. When the wind
got to 30 kts. We would get pounded and soaked in the cockpit. Unfortunately I don't have a video for this. It would have been harder to make one in fact.
BTW, the scoop transom on lots of center cockpits make for a wild ride in following seas and beam winds. The aft cockpits with a wine-glass stern doesn't move the stern as much.
I love both designs and have owned both. But for blue water comfort something over 50' with a center cockpit has proven to be my favorite so far. Much less than 45' and I think they tend to look a bit boxey.