I'm sure this thread is bound to drift, but I'll take the chance.
of 5. Two adults, one toddler, one black lab, one cat.
Pros and cons for a center cockpit
V walk through transom. And yes I know this is a common debate. Looking to breathe new life into this.
Estimate 80% of our time on the hook, not marina life. 40'+ in the under $120k range.
For us (ultimately the wife)
Pros for center cockpit
* Completely enclosed cockpit
. Great space for a kid and if per chance makes it out of the cockpit
, still a bit of distance to lifelines
* Good space below. A must for a toddler still figuring out this whole balance thing.
* Large owners berth. Privacy. Enough said.
Cons for center cockpit:
* Deep companionway
stairs. Not great for a little one and perhaps too much for an 80lb dog to go down (especially)
* Forward kids
berth. On a bumpy ride, we'd prefer taking the beatings at the bow over our daughter.
Pros for walk through transom:
* Much easier boarding and unboarding of toddler and dog to the dingy.
* Depending on boat, generally a rather large cockpit area
* Easy swim platform for both dog and kid. Also much easier in the event of a MoB
Cons for walk through transom:
* In the less than 47' range, aft staterooms seem to be a bit small
* Can also be quite cramped below when considering how many feet and paws are onboard. A play area just for the kid below is a necessity for us.
So, experts, have at it. What pros/cons do you see for a toddler on each of these? What have you experienced?