Originally Posted by camaraderie
Sail Mag just came out with their annual BOTY awards. Excerpt of press release:
• Deck/Cockpit: Outbound 52 for its deep, narrow, and secure cockpit design
That one surprises me.
I commented in the Annapolis Boatshow thread last month that I found the OB52 cockpit poorly conceived. What I particularly disliked about it was that there is a large step down in the cockpit sole
, just before entering the companionway. Almost like a reverse bridgedeck. So if you are sitting all the way forward on the cockpit seats, you have a huge - dangerous - step down to the cockpit sole.
On the plus side, they do have extra cockpit drains in that recessed portion.
I also did not like the fact that the boat is built in China, but sells with a full figured price tag. One builder at the show actually admitted to me that they only have to pay their Chinese workers $1.50/day, plus a bowl of rice.