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post #4 of Old 08-26-2002
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Pilothouse--Are Builders Missing Market?

SailorMitch sure is right when he says some manufacturers are coming out with deck saloon models. They seem to be appearing everywhere.

Most of the ones we have seen do not offer inside steering stations, although some have the wheel and controls on the aft bulkhead (usually starboard) of the raised saloon, and claim this offers extra protection from the elements.

I don''t know from any personal experience with them underway, but I doubt the deck saloon concept offers much real protection unless you add a dodger. The main attractions seem to be the expanded view and rearrangement of the interior tankage and storage locations.
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