After 30 years of aft cockpit boats we bought a CC because it works on several levels. While looking for our last big boat my wife and I both had a list of requirements based on our years of sailing and boat ownership
As a wise husband, when we hit the boat shows I watched and asked what her needs were for the liveaboard
(trust me, she has enough experience to hold strong opinions), I also noted my own preferences in at sea manners and performance requirements. In the end we ended up with a 47 Cheoy Lee
Pedrick center cockpit to fit our demands and our pocketbook.
Are there some compromises? Of course there are but a 47 foot CC is large enough to get the most from a CC design, what I've seen in CC designs under 42 didn't work as well for our needs.
The CC designs are usually built toward the upper end of the market these days so you don't see as many being sold, but then again the ratio isn't much different than in the past, just look at the used market if you want to compare the ratio of CC's to aft cockpit models, there's a huge difference in numbers. Hylas
, HR, Oyster
, some Alden's, and a production boat or two make them but not too many in the lower/mid-price market, there in a niche mainly aimed toward cruisers, most weekenders don't get it, the cockpit is limited for entertainment, even my wife had reservations on point. On the flip side, if your living on it or even spending serious time on it they make sense, especially if you have kids
and need some privacy from time to time.
If I had the money
? I would have bought an Outbound CC, the layout, design, performance and well thought out deck
and cockpit design caught my attention, while the interior was livable for my wife. And, the price
is very attractive for what you get. Her choice? A Hylas
49 we saw at one of the shows due to the larger cockpit, interior layout and overall livability, of course it was only one owners version she liked, since they are semi-custom, with interior layout options available, she didn't like the other 49's we saw due to different layouts. One thing we did agree on on all the Hylas models we saw was the deck
layout, they are clean and workable.
It's all a moot point though since we aren't in the income
bracket to even afford a decent used one, of course if my lottery ticket comes in......In the mean time I gotta get back to working on the current