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post #7 of Old 06-30-2003
cdennyb
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Center cockpit or aft cockpit?

I''ve never had a personal boat with center cockpit but our newest addition is the aft cockpit Macgregor 65. Being so long has it''s drawback as well as its benefits and the aft cockpit is much nicer to watch your sail layout. You''re not looking back over your shoulder to see whats going on upstairs if you know what I mean. Visibility toward the front is limited but when isnt it? Docking and casting off are just about as easy as it gets if you work slow and have a little help, experience will be your teacher, trust me. Learn to use your benefits and be cautious of the liabilities no matter which way you go. Seamanship isnt about which is better, but which you can handle better. Its all about you, not the boat. Be comfortably in whatever you get and you''ll do great. If you dont like it after a year of use, sell it and change. Its just that simple.
Enjoy yourselves.
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