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post #8 of Old 09-30-2003
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advice on buying a cruising boat

For what it''s worth the issue of center cockpit as compared to aft cockpit the former will keep you high and dry (well pretty much anyhow)and visibility is great when sailing I have owned both types and my preference is the aft cockpit I found I have a better sense of where the boat is in docking and slipping berth.Also you are already at the stern so you can handle lines aft without leaving the wheel and motor controls unattended.With a cc you are halfway between both areas and niether is easy to get to. We use walkie talkies for communication between the bow and stern it''s better than screaming commands to whoever is handling the bow lines. although it most likely looks strange seeing someone talking to themselves.Jeff is right on the money get a smaller boat to start with that way when one or the other of you decide that living aboard is not what was expected it won''t hurt the wallet so much. good luck
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