There is actually an irwin 42 (me thinks) CC ketch
for 9000$ that somebody took under a bridge and de-masted.... More than likely without insurance
because there was no survey
done afterwards, more likely than that, to quote the great Admiral Akbar, "it's a trap"
As far as the dog goes, having a 55lbs high strung high energy bird hunting dog (hungarian viszla) running around the cockpit and decks in a frenzy over any seagull or jellyfish or stick or whatever.......................................... .....,......I'm OK with him not being able to get in the way of sailing operations on his own free will. I sail a cal-20 with him, I take him fishing
in my sport boat, I make a bed
for him somewhere in a hole, and he comes out to say hi, be social, and goes back to his hidey hole, he is a good dog, and we have been on many adventures......but....I....am......really.....rea lly....ok....with him not being able to get in the way. He gets in and out of our friends Catalina
42 and causes problems in that just fine, I'm not too concerned. He even figured out how to climb the ladder to get into my cal-20 when I'm working in it when it's on the trailer to come and say hi and spill my beers.
As far as building an enclosed helm
for a center cockpit
bingo! Po man's motor
Considering that 6 months ago I was pricing out a CHB 34 trawler
, I could get the same bang for the buck with a S2 9.2c with a quality made hard top dodger
and hard sides, and get a fully functional dry protected coastal cruiser for protected water
ways that would serve as an liveaboard
to go back and forth between Washington
and Juneau so the wife and kid can be up north with me and her friends while I commercial fish
in the summer months and head
south for the winter. Leave May, home by September.
I love sailing, but by no means am I a die-hard or a purist. I really like center cockpits because they use ALL of the boat. They seem very utilitarian, and practical.
I use the S2 as an example, but sure seems hard to beat for the price