I'd agree only that if an aft cockpit
yacht had same high transom as the Beneteau
pictured, it also would never get pooped.
But I'm concerned that this apparent risk forms part of the choice and worry that some less experienced might be making judgements based on perceived risk - as opposed to whats fact.
As stated, I've had both.
They have obvious pros and cons, and I've no axe to grand on anyones choice.
But to make a choice on the two over something that happens so rarely (ie being pooped) is somehow not right. You can get wet in both cockpits - and its mainly the capeability of the helmsman that increases or decreases how damp you get!
I've raced / sailed a lot over 30 years often in big following seas - and never once been 'pooped', and several of the boats were wide open transom designs with low cockpit floors - plus of course the one centre cockpit Adams
40 (which itself did have very small drains).
We always found the greatest occurance of heavy water
into either cockpit came when we were hit by big quartering seas when reaching off - and in both instances we got wet!
So all I'm suggesting is choose on reasons other than this 'pooping' idea....and enjoy the choice once its made