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Re: Pros and cons of steel sailboats
Gonna hijack the thread given we're talking about dodgers and wheel houses. Love the looks of the PSC ketch Bob did. But wonder at what size do you think a wheel house,hard dodger or center cockpit be done with out it looking like a wedding cake motorboat. Took a real long look at the H.R.s before choosing the outbound. Thought until you got to size beyond my price range boat didn't flow. Its a great boat though. Similarly had opportunity to get a Shannon Aegean 50 but it needed too much work. Thought that was size where you could pull off hardtop dodger and center cockpit.
Nothing like making a mockup of your wheelhouse on a boat or model, before building the final version. What looks good in a drawing can look a lot worse in 3D.
Brent Swain, Boat designer, Builder, and author of "Origami Metal Boatbuilding"