Originally Posted by bern74
I have recently stumbled into a potential deal on an all aluminum
sailboat 44 foot totally unfinished......just the hull
and a truck load of parts
Only thing is the present owner cut into the deck
and added a pilothouse.......more room below but I am not sure I like the pilot house idea, having never been on one.
What say all of you.....pilot house or no pilot house, what is the preference?
I suppose I could always cut it off and weld it all up back to original....
Your post is deja vu for me.
I also have a 34 foot aluminum boat to which I cut the deck and added a pilot house. Same cruising grounds too - inside passage
Many pilot houses are built a little to low for effective use buy a helmsman. Make sure that when you are at the inside steering
station that you can see the horizon over the bow.
Of coarse when the pilot house is high enough to be used as such, the increased weight and windage can be a large penalty when sailing.
Also, large areas of glass need to be properly engineered for strength if you plan on taking green water
aboard your decks.
Lastly, many would not tolerate the rather towering appearance of a functional pilot house on such a small sailing vessel. Here are a couple of shots of mine. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.