Full, flybridges do give a better view, but IMHO have some serious drawbacks.
- you are VERY exposed to the weather
. Not a huge issue in the tropics on daysails, but it is everywhere else
- if you are short-handed, getting from the flybridge to the main deck
is an obstacle
- you will be completely cut-off from people on the aft deck
- if you need to get to the boom (or rather, when you need to get to the boom), it will be a looong way up.
- finally, on a smaller cat, the extra windage is an issue
We had originally looked at a L440 or 450, but eventually discounted them because of the above.
We opted for the FP Helia 44 which was the first of the FP boats with the new partial flybridge. It doesn't give you the same lines of sight as a full fly, but this is only an issue when docking
port side-to. The lines of sight around the boat are perfect - you can even see into the galley from the helm
. You are literally on the main deck, so you can easily tie up stbd side-to single-handed. The design was so successful that FP have now copied it into all their bigger cats.
I think that the Helia, at 44' is the smallest cat with this arrangement.
We have a few videos on youtube (look for 'MapleCookie sailing'), and lots of photos on our website, MapleCookieYacht.com.