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Old 08-02-2010, 18:12   #31
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Is there a down side to the pilothouse boats? How come everyone doesn't have one?
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Old 08-02-2010, 18:47   #32
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What are some general thoughts on the Corbin 39 Pilothouse, aftcockpit or centercockpit?
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Old 08-02-2010, 19:07   #33
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Really liking some of the designs of the pilothouse boats out there.. Some of the older ones have good lines also. Nice to know also that if we fell in love with a boat with out that a nice canopy can be had. Have yet to be aboard a pilothouse. Will be nice to check some out.
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Old 08-02-2010, 19:33   #34
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Sometimes the beauty of a pilot house has to grow on you with use. Your first impressions may be negative but travel with it and you might not want to do otherwise in the NW
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Old 08-02-2010, 21:17   #35
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If you think pilot houses are passe, call it a raised salon with an inside steering station.
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Old 09-02-2010, 14:19   #36
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Pilot houses and hard dodgers

I have not sailed in cold climates, but can say that I would like to have a pilot house or hard dodger on my next boat. A good compromise might be something like the hard dodger that Hallberg Rassey offers. The Trintellas have a bigger "dog house" that they've fit in nicely with the lines of the boat.

Even though I had a full enclosure and soft dodger on Eventyr, I really disliked the durability and visibility of the plastic windows. They're ok when they're new, but don't last long in the tropics. Even the highest quality materials degrade in a year or two of tropical sun. I would greatly prefer glass like in the HR (see the Mahina website for an example). The disadvantage here for Pac NW cruising is the lack of defrosters/heat/wipers and the fact that it is not a wheelhouse. You could run the boat with an autopilot remote from here, but not steer in close quarters.
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Old 09-02-2010, 14:46   #37
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I am just wondering, if you have a pilot house on a sloop or on a centre cockpit ketch, what do you do with the mainsail sheet? Is it somehow redirected into the pilothouse?
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Old 09-02-2010, 15:20   #38
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Add the "Freedom 39PH" to the list. We did the inside passage in 2001 with our Nodic 40. Then did Mexico and finally dried out in Hawaii. Sold the Nordic and are comfortably enjoying the PNW in our dry, warm Freedom 39PH equiped with her hydronic heater. The only way to sail these waters.
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Old 09-02-2010, 16:22   #39
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Challenger Anacapa 42 I like how the outside steering is raised for better visibility.
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I am just wondering, if you have a pilot house on a sloop or on a centre cockpit ketch, what do you do with the mainsail sheet? Is it somehow redirected into the pilothouse?
In general, the pilothouse on a larger boat doesn't have winches inside. I don't know about smaller boats. Mine is a 65' pilothouse ketch, and the pilothouse is really massive inside (like a second salon, almost) but there's a full-sized cockpit immediately astern with a raised wheel for outside operation.

Actually my only problem with the pilothouse is that it makes the main boom a danger when operating the outside wheel.
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This is my Amazon 44, steel, described as having a "raised salon pilothouse." Visibility over the bow from inside is not great, and as previous posters have noted the pilothouse is mostly for motoring. But that protected steering station is wonderful in nasty conditions, with a joystick to separate hydraulic pump as well as the autopilot head.

My biggest complaint is solar heat gain with those low-angled windows... the sleekness comes at a cost. I have curtain panels that attach with powerful magnets, and that helps a lot... a bright UV-stable material is to the outside, and a dark comfy color inside.

The living space in the pilothouse/salon is very open and pleasant, but there is one other huge cost to this arrangement... low overhead in the aft stateroom. King-size bed, but under the cockpit well there is no sitting up.

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I think the Sceptre 41 is a good example of a pilot house SV were the pilot house seems to be an integrated aspect of the design. There aren't too many around, but as we get closer to buying a boat they are on the "short list"
I am biased because I own one but the Sceptre is a good compromise for a Pilothouse. It was really nice to do the Baja bash sitting down below in the Pilot Station. I can't control the sails from down there but it is nice and warm down below. The thing that I really like about the Sceptre is that it is light and airy when you are sitting down below.
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