[QUOTE][I mean, with a bimini
(or enclosure with panels
removed) you would get a nice breeze on you all day long while staying out of the sun. With a pilothouse, it's either sweat in there, or run a genset and air conditioning/QUOTE]
Yeah, agree 100%.
That being said, I have wished for a pilot house a few times here in Florida
My CSY 33
have a large bimini
that protects from strong sun from any angle..But not from strong wind or strong rain.
Incidentally, the CSY 33
is advertized in some "Brokers Guide" as having a pilot house option with an inside steering
station...Not so: The 33s have a raised house as part of the saloon
and they may look like a pilot house, but there was never such an animal made from the factory.
With my new autopilot
and the remote
control, I have plans to duck in there and look out the front windows when the bad squalls hit with rain going horizontally.
All I need to do is to remove the dink from the foredeck and install a remote compass
as well as putting a "clear" window up front instead of the tinted "smoke" plexiglas in place right now.
(For night vision)
Have sailed to the Bahamas
and back on a CSY
44 PH, a proper pilot house vessel, and made so from the CSY
What a sweet deal that is: If the raindrops starts to fall, jump inside and mount the "captains chair' at the nav station, with the steering and engine
controls and request a fresh drink from the nearby galley
Not a hair on yer head
is being curled from rain or wind and the AC is working fine down there.....
My previous boat had no such thing, nor my present one.
Perhaps it kept me from sailing in weather
I should have stayed away from.
Too easy to sit in there pushing GPS
buttons and fiddling with radar
screens without sensing what is really going on with the seas and the sails
Standing at the wheel in the wind and rain and salt spray is for idiots.
stay in touch with the elements....