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Old 11-16-2008   #5
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There are some real advantages in having a split cockpit like the older E35. It gives the helmsman his/her own space, and you'll be bumping into other crewmembers less, esp during tacks and gybes.

There is the issue of having to step over/around the binnacle and traveller, but just look at that as a way to keep you nimble as you get older!

The E35s mainsheet is very handy to the helm, obviously, and this is a much better setup than any midboom/cabintop traveller arrangement in terms of adjustablilty and power.

I'm surprised to hear an owner suggest that these classics are not good heavy weather boats, but I've not sailed one.
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