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post #1141 of Old 09-18-2013
Brent Swain
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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats

Smack said one doesn't need a wheelhouse, a dodger works just as well. Most dodgers I have seen protect the person in the cockpit on one point of sail, going to windward. On all other points of sail, the only way one can get protection from a dodger is to curl up in fetal position under them. Smack is comparing a dodger to a fully insulated wheel house with inside steering, 5 feet from a roaring wood stove; like comparing a lean to ( without the campfire) to a hotel suite . People in expensive boats, use their dodger, in full foul weather gear and heavy clothing. In the dead of winter, I cruise BC in snowstorms in a T shirt.
Or as Smack would say "Silly Brent , he prefers a hotel suite's comfort over a lean to ( without the campfire)"
A cruising boat without a wheelhouse is as logical as a pickup truck which can only be steered from an open box. What's that smack, if you huddle behind the cab, a truck doesn't need an inside steering position?
Ya sure!
If Smack had any experience, besides that which he made up , he would not be making such foolish, naÔve comments.

Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"
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