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Old 08-26-2002
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Pilothouse--Are Builders Missing Market?

Check out the Nauticat line of boats made by Siltala in Finland. Pilothouse boats are all they make.

Their older models are not known for sailing ability -- being kind here. But supposedly their newer models stress sailing performance. I know a fellow who just bought a Nauticat 37 and I want to verify with him how it sails. I''ve seen him out and about on the river here but haven''t been in touch with him yet.

Also check out the Pacific Seacraft 32, another Crealock design, and a pilothouse to boot.

Some manufacturers are coming out with "deck salon" models that might meet this requirement, although I''m not sure they all have an inside steering stations. Dehler and Jeanneau come to mind for DS models.

I think the problem has been that pilothouses have been aimed at areas with lots of rainy, cool weather, and not at the market at large. Pacific Seacraft has been surprised that so many of its 32''s were sold in Fla. That ought to tell the industry something.
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