Originally Posted by earthbm
I also see they did away with the oddly comforting but silly internal helm
ó the only times anyone hand steers are in tight quarters or in sporty weather
. In both cases you need to be outside.
I've sailed a smaller Atlantic, and the forward cockpit
is fun in pleasant weather
, but make no sense in cold, dreary weather, or even light winds and hot sun. There is a good reason that mid-sized (not crewed) cats evolved towards a hard top with outside steering
. It is the most versatile, SAFE all-weather solution.
In my experience cruising involves rain, searing sun, long watches, and cold. The best answer is an outside steering
station under a hard top, joined to a heated salon
with a door and unrestricted 360 view. You don't get nearly as tired and wind
blown during a long day. And how much fun would that forward station be, for 8 hours in screaming wind
and flying spray? Not much. To me, it's a day sailing