Originally Posted by KIWI
not stepping down into the main cabin
Graham - This criteria is probably not a reliable one in all cases as an indicator of anything to do with bridgedeck clearance. For example, on the Catana
boats, there's a well/sump type arrangement you have to step down into from the "main" cockpit deck
before stepping over the sliding door jam into the saloon
. So, technically, you do have to step down into the saloon
from the cockpit
level. This sump collects any water
that found its way into the cockpit and drains it overboard
straight down (water can also drain several places aft in the cockpit). The cockpit deck is elevated above the saloon deck to permit
deep deck lockers in the cockpit. If you look under the boat the bridgedeck is flush fore to aft.
Be very wary of all weight and bridgedeck claims by cat manufacturers and those with a vested interest in selling a particular boat to you.