Originally Posted by harlie
An article just looses credibility when it has an obvious motive other then educating the reader on the topic of discussion.
I understand your point. We both know that there are very, very few such articles around.
My way to read things is to get where the author is writing from and then 'filter' the points out trying (probably not always with full success) to see the advertising from the facts of life. It is possible I get sucked in.
Re your comment on twin steering
stations (e.g. some Catanas) - bad, only as long as one has not sailed this type of cat. All steering
is done by the auto so you push the buttons and you can have them wherever you want (also in your pocket). About the only time you will use the stations is when you dock
the boat. I, for one, do not like steering from behind the bridgedeck - advertised as 360 view by some boatbuilders. 360 perhaps, unless there is some rain, condensation
or if there are kids
or guests watching TV in the bridgedeck. So I would stick to exposed stations.
Re daggerboards - seen them break. Not funny
. Expensive. Likely to snatch lines and nets. Etc. etc. ;-) Will improve windward capability, but how many cruisers want to go to windward? A cruising boat is a compromise and giving up on the boards is fine with me - less complication, less cost, some performance loss on the point of sail that you are least likely to sail, cruising.
Re location of the cabins - I slept in center/fore (Schionning) and it was horrible (slamming), I slept aft (Catana) and it was horrible (engine noise). I slept in the bridgedeck and I slept great. I do not see many cats with owners cabin
in the bridgedeck though.