Originally Posted by swagman
If you are worried about getting pooped then the issue will not go away on a CC boat - same height transom will have a following sea run onto the aft deck and maybe even fill a CC.
That depends on the height of the waves that are giving you problems. I've been out in weather where the waves were coming over the front and the back of the boat (not at the same time; we changed course) -- not by a lot, but enough that there was water
running around on deck most of the time.
I was perfectly dry in the center cockpit
. The waves would make a big splash when they hit the boat, but the splash rarely made it to the cockpit from either end of the boat. Also, the water
running over the deck never came into the cockpit because it wouldn't run uphill. You can see how the cockpit is much higher than the deck in the picture at
Afterward, I couldn't help drawing a comparison with some aft cockpit boats I sailed on.
My previous boat was an aft-cockpit Catalina
34. I would have been soaked by spray and all the water running around on the deck would have been in the cockpit and running over my feet as it drained out the walk-through transom.
The other was an Island Packet
45 that I had took some instruction on. The stern is fairly high, but any water that gets over the rail can only go into the cockpit. Since the steering
station is only 2 feet from the stern, I would have been splashed a lot.
And practically if that happens, most CC have smaller drains than possible with AC boats.
I don't recall
the cockpit drains on the IP45 being much better than my Beneteau
. There were holes in the bottom of the cockpit that connected to hoses that led somewhere. In my 42 CC, they go straight out the bottom of the boat. I think the IP45 hoses met up with through-hulls on the sides, but I'm not sure.
Originally Posted by eskfreedom
Anyways what are the advatages and dis advantages of both and why?
A couple of other things that I like about my center cockpit
- The view from the helm
is excellent. I like being up higher. You can see further when at sea. I also find that the better view makes it easier to dock
- The space under the cockpit is not really usable for anything else, so I have a real engine
room. The floor of the cockpit lifts out, so it is easy to get big things like a generator
- I have a forward steering station. The wheel
is on the forward wall of the cockpit, so you are under the dodger
if you are at the helm
- If you're sleeping in the aft cabin
, somebody making a moderate amount of noise
in the main cabin doesn't bother you. (The engine
room is between you, and it is full of sound-suppressing insulation
- It has hydraulic steering
, which meant the autopilot
was more expensive. Also, the hydraulic fluid is supposed to be changed periodically - 3-5 years maybe?
- I've heard that being up higher is more likely to make you seasick. I can't say for sure if that is true or not.
Originally Posted by SkiprJohn
I like aft cockpits. Gives me a good view of all the things happening when I'm steering the boat.
- that's what I like about the center cockpit.
I guess I'm just trying to justify why I don't like CCs vers ACs. I've sailed on both and prefer the layout of ACs.
It is enough that you like the aft cockpit. You don't need to justify it, though it is nice to get some insight into your thoughts on the matter.
Originally Posted by eskfreedom
I also worry about the CC being bad going to weather. Also the performance differences of the two.
I have not observed any unusual problems going to weather. I'm not a performance fanatic, so I wouldn't notice minor differences. I can make my center cockpit boat point better than I could with my Catalina
34, if that tells you anything.