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post #7 of Old 06-25-2002
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Aft vs. Center Cockpit

No they are not all going to break when hit by a wave but some certainly do. The other issue with the huge acrylic and Lexan panels is maintenance. In the almost 14 years that I owned my last boat. I replaced the portlights twice. Over time they got small micro fissures that that are typical of any plastic port material that I am familiar with. Look at almost any 10 year old boat and you will see what I am talking about. Now visualize trying to replace that material in some remote corner of the world. I think this whole raised salon business is about more comfortable coastal cruising and not about the kind of distance cruising that you are proposing. When you look at the interior set ups on these monohulls they generally not set up as true offshore boats.

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