I understand you didn't mean to, no problem, I was just having some fun. But for a fair comparison of cockpit position you need to look at two similar hulls, same length and same freeboard height and same/similar shape, but one c/c and the other aft cockpit.
Ah cruiser/racers. Well, that's mostly a sales-droid term for trying to sell a design to a bigger group of customers. None of the regular Benny's are racer
cruisers, that is the Benny First series. Those are not racers, because they have normal interiors. But I betcha that a First 47.7 with aft cockpit provides more comfort in that cockpit than an Oceanis
c/c of the same length! That's because aft cockpits are better ;-))
The fun and jokes aside, I really believe that the only reason designers ever came up with center cockpits is because of the interior
layout. And that is a good reason for buyers who particularly like that layout enough to live with the negatives of that design decision.
But there are so many c/c owners that argue that they have so much better forward view when docking
that they can't understand one could dock
with an aft cockpit etc. and they have what, a 40-45' boat. But I manage docking
perfectly from my aft cockpit with a 64' boat (without bow thruster, another device that seems to be always present on c/c boats) and my eyes are just regular, nothing special. These silly arguments are just that, silly, in an attempt to find reasons for preferring a c/c besides the interior
layout, because in the real world, these arguments don't hold up.
I can give an example of how not to do aft cockpits. A good one is the Catalina
47 with aft owners cabin with dance-around queen bed
. That cabin is fine but it is as high as the deck and they just popped a cockpit on top of that. Now, you can't do that, because it would get too high. So they just lowered the cockpit seats so that they are a mere 12" from the floor (that's nice seating!) and also lowered the coamings to 6" or so, making sure you break your back when you lean against them... or you flip over them onto deck and guess what: you look down onto the lifelines
because you are higher so you go overboard
. This is a dangerous cockpit.
And no matter how much I like Bruce Farr, his pilothouse c/c yachts with aft cabins that are more like dance halls are stupid too. The ass of these boats is so big and high that I can't understand anyone wanting to have something to do with it. And with all that "grandeur", they don't even provide standing room for my 6'6" height. I can stand in some 30 footers!
Oh my, I am warming up. c/c, let's see. Ah, boom height. Many of those raise their boom so high that I can't touch it from deck, no matter how tall I am! Oysters are like that, and it's the reason I abandoned the thought of buying
one. Look at a racer, they have their boom attachment inches above deck, that's where you want it, closing the gap between sail and deck and keeping center of effort as low as possible. All that given up for a c/c.
Boom vangs. So many c/c owners just remove their boom vang
because it is "in the way" that some yards don't even fit them anymore on their c/c designs. Like "who needs a boom vang
I better stop now ;-)