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Old 13-01-2010, 15:11   #1
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pirate Aft Deck Space on Cats?

I've been looking at older Solaris 42 cats and they have a really convenient aft deck area that's both flat and roomy. Anybody know of other models that are similar?
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Old 13-01-2010, 15:50   #2
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Old 14-01-2010, 07:52   #3
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The Privilege 39 has one of the largest cockpits you'll find on a cat under 40 feet...
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The aft deck on the Solaris 42 was the result of the boats center cockpit design - something which has fallen out of favour on most current designs. While it does provide for an additional lounging space (and some additional protection for the cockpit in following seas), it also lengthens the bridgedeck - and this increases pounding, especially on a boat like the 42 which has low bridgedeck clearance.

The Solaris Sunrise 36 has a similar set-up, as to a lesser extent does the Sunstream 40 (a small aft deck, really more of a walkway, but also a shorter bridgedeck). I wouldn't worry about aft lounging space on a cat - afterally, you have a huge lounging area forward on most cats that is perfect under anchor, or even underway in appropriate conditions,

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Old 15-01-2010, 06:46   #5
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On our Solaris Sunstar 36 we have an aft trampoline. It's a good spot for lounging on at anchor and where we keep the dinghy while sailing.
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Old 15-01-2010, 07:37   #6
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Imagine has a small cockpit by most standards. Still we can sit 6 at a table, and still have an empty bench. She was built for 2 & safety. This smaller cockpit gives us a great platform for the dink, and a place to lounge, or disassemble fish.........i2f
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Good discussion (write up) on aft decks and current design trends here:

http://www.boatshop.com.ph/visayan2.html
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I have a St. Francis 43...big cockpit and a " swim deck " about 3 feet wide and spanning the gap between the hulls......awesome spot to fish and dive etc....love it! When we are anchored all the crap...windsurfers,,kites boards dive gear snorkels surfboards etc all sit back there..instead of spread out all over the boat...!!!!!!!
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The Orana44 offers a very large aft deck area with level entry from the boarding point right through to and into the saloon.
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