Apart from dinghies, I've spent by far the most time on a centre cockpit Fraser 42. She has a little hallway down the starboard side from just aft of the nav station to the aft cabin. We lived aboard when we were kids
; mum and dad had the aft cabin, us two girls were up forward. You have to hunch to walk through the hallway, which is also curved as it follows the curve of the hull
. One can technically access the aft cabin through it's own hatch
, but as we live/lived in the PNW, when it's pissing rain, one didn't want to have to go outside (we eventually added a beast of a pilot house)
room access is fine (though I'm very short) We considered dropping the cockpit floor so that the pilot house roof wasn't so high (and such an monstrosity of an eye sore) but we liked the current
access, and that would have become even more of a massive undertaking.
well, (though visibilty above the pilot house is a bear) and the aft cabin is sooo comfortable in moderate seas. I've never seen any real snotty offshore weather
while sleeping in there.
Though we never Med moored (unheard of here) we regularly backed the boat into her slip with no troubles. Mooring lines could easily be led to the cockpit and tended to from there.
Now that I've bought a boat of my own, we have an aft cockpit. I would have loved a centre, as it allows far more privacy. However to squish it into a sub 35' boat seemed like a poor use of space. I'm sure they're out there, but we're happy with our traditional layout for the aft-cockpit.
If given the choice, and I could persuade my father to give up his Fraser, I'd take her offshore
without a second thought.
However, with that hallway, there is 0 cockpit locker storage
. As in there is not even a single hatch
. The engine room goes all the way to the port side. It's never been a problem, but just something to note.